Winter/Spring 2017 Tour

THE RETURN VOYAGE: 95,000 Miles on the Paths of Our Ancestors joins the journey where the award-winning memoir Grandmothers Whisper ended: with snapshots of gripping, inspiring and painful encounters – and the constant urging of the Hawaiian ancestors.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, moving and thought-provoking, Inette chronicles their experience as she and ‘Iokepa crisscross the American continent in a donated Camry speaking the ancient Hawaiian wisdom to a world in sore need of the reminder.

InetteGRANDMOTHERS WHISPER: Ancient Voices, Timeless Wisdom, a Modern Love Story is the gripping spiritual and cultural memoir from a former war correspondent and respected journalist – and it won the beautiful black onyx obelisk, Visionary Award for Book of the Year, in auto/biography.  The prestigious national award celebrates excellence in spiritual writing. The powerful memoir takes place largely in familiar places in Hawai’i.


We’ll be touring the U.S. continent again this winter and spring – based in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia.  From there, we’ll follow our invitations to where they lead us.

We are accepting invitations to address your club, church, bookstore, or association between January and April, 2017. 

Please contact us by email to reserve a date for your empowering Return Voyage event – and join Inette and ‘Iokepa on their continental adventure this winter and spring.


Berryville, Virginia: December 21, 2016.

Baltimore, Maryland:  December 26-30. 2016.

Baltimore, Maryland: January 11-16. 2017

Washington, D.C.:  January 21, 2017.  Three-generations of family at the Million Women March (supported by our husbands).

New York City:  January 29-February 3, 2017.

Roanoke, Virginia: February12, 2017,  11:00 a.m; Unitarian Universalist Church.

Washington, DC:  National Museum of African America History & Culture: February 22, 20117.

Baltimore, Maryland: March 2-5 2017

Biddleford Pool, Maine: March 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m. The Union Church.

Baltimore, Maryland: March 15-17.2017

Viroqua, Wisconsin:  March 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m.; The Driftless Bookstore.

Cleveland, Ohio:  March 27-28m 2017

Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia:  April 2-3, 2017


Return Voyage Book Launch Video

“We are extremely excited to host a gathering once again.  Since your last visit, the Whispers have turned to loud chants!  Many who did not have the opportunity to meet you…to meet the Grandmothers, are eagerly awaiting.  Some out of curiosity, others to follow the journey, and still others to share the sense of insight, inspiration and hope.  It is our desire to be a part of yet another beginning…”

Marv and Kerry Smith-Lebleu