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“Aloha, Mozart” Goes to New York

PEN/America New Members, New Books Among about 200 new members of PEN/America, “Aloha, Mozart” will be at a party on January 24, where all new books of new members will be displayed. I can’t get there all the way from … Continue reading

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“Aloha, Mozart” Travels the Internet

Instead of the traditional book store tour, a new novel travels the internet on a blog tour. Luminis Books solicited twelve bloggers for reviews and the word of mouth is terrific. Responses came from Florida to Illinois to California, and … Continue reading

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With Amy Tan at Squaw Valley

Amy’s BBQ on the banks of the Truckee River is an annual event for Squaw Valley staff at her summer home. This year I discovered that she’s a big fan of Brudda Iz (Kamakawiwo’ole) whose ‘ukulele version of “Over the … Continue reading

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Hula and Chant at Bishop Museum

Halau Mele, my traditional culture group, performs on official occasions for Hawaii’s leading museum, here a recent series honoring the founder’s ancestor, Kamehameha; me as chanter third and second from the left.    

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Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Starting this two-day celebration with traditional chants by my cultural group, me second from the right, Kalama out front giving it his all.  Books are more popular than ever here, and I had seven events, interrupted only once by a massive … Continue reading

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Hawaii Award for “Aloha, Mozart”

Each year the Hawaii Book Publisher’s Association awards Ka Palapala Po’okela, “excellence in print,”  and also recognizes books about Hawaii published elsewhere.    It was a thrill to have  “Aloha, Mozart” honored at the beautiful main library in downtown Honolulu.

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Hawaii Book and Music Festival, Honolulu – May 18-19

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March book launch of “Aloha, Mozart”

80 friends came with the customary leis, and a headband that takes all afternoon to craft. Members of my cultural group provided hula and music to set up the Aloha/Hawaii part of the novel. A charming group of young singers … Continue reading

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From Maui to Philadelphia

This is a grateful followup to the Celebrate Reading Festival at the University of Hawaii/Maui campus, where I was a guest April 18-19 with readings from “Aloha, Mozart.” Together we were two novelists, a YA writer, and a journalist for … Continue reading

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Thanks, Waialua!

Mahalo nui to the staff at ,  a North Shore community event  that brought out 80+ book lovers of all ages.  The program featured  “Aloha, Mozart” along with non-fiction works on Buddhist temples here, the career of a local jazz musician who went … Continue reading

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