Yearly Archives: 2011

Change We Choose Not To Believe In.

 We’ve been off Island long enough to see (without blinders) the changes. After more than a full year away, it has felt important in these past months to explore our old haunts, to revisit the paths we’ve walked together for … Continue reading

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“I’m Not Important.”

I want to speak about our friend Francis Xavier Warther – and I want to speak about a great deal more as well. Francis Warther, now crowding ninety years old, grew up in my hometown – Baltimore. His childhood and … Continue reading

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The Story of Our Borders Bookstore. It is the Story of Hawai’i.

The Story of Our Borders Bookstore. There was a time on our Island, not very long ago, when there were independently owned bookstores.  But maybe thirteen years ago, the chain store Borders set up shop in the dead center of … Continue reading

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Welcome Home Kanaka Maoli…?

There are two distinctly competing versions of this story.  Both are equally true.      In both stories, ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Īmaikalani and I have just returned home to Kaua’i – the northwestern-most Island in the Hawaiian archipelago – after more than … Continue reading

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A Book Review for Grandmothers Whisper

In early April we met the editor of a Virginia business magazine over lunch in Roanoke, Virginia.  Unexpectedly, three full months later –  on the very day we arrived home to Hawai’i – this book review greeted us.  We thought … Continue reading

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Grandmothers Whisper Wins!

Like all good stories, this one has a beginning, middle, and an end. After thirteen years writing and rewriting, drafting and re-drafting, Grandmothers Whisper found its miraculous way to a bound book that could actually be held in your hands … Continue reading

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The Book Expo of America…and much more.

There is nothing more humbling (or exciting) than attendance, in one short and compressed week at:  the international Book Expo of America; the Jewish Book Council’s kick-off of their nationwide authors’ tour; the Flying Eagle Woman’s Fund annual  celebration of … Continue reading

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Hands In the Garden, Heart In Ka ‘Aina.

I was born on Mothers’ Day, the much valued daughter after two sons.  Mothers’ Day has always had a resonance to my little family. It is a terribly long distance from the Hawaiian Island that ‘Iokepa and I call home … Continue reading

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An Unlikely Subject: Hot Rods and Drag Races.

The material and successful life that ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani surrendered fourteen years ago – to take up arms (heart and soul) against the deception, the greed, and the oppression visited upon his people and his nation – included a house … Continue reading

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Native Brothers.

It looked something like this. ‘Iokepa and I had just had an enormously successful Grandmothers Whisper book reading and discussion at the Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota the night before.  We had a free day before the next book … Continue reading

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