Wednesday, May 11, 2011

6th Annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival

When: May 14-15, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds

Free admission and parking

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a full weekend of fine words, exciting music and performances, games, food, and important discussion! This year, the Hawaii Book and Music Festival is featuring a number of talks and activities inspired by The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. We are very pleased to be sharing with you some of our highlights for this weekend. For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit their official website at

**Two full days of humanities discussion forums on the value and future of Hawai'i, and bringing together community and political leaders and scholars on a wide range of issues

Tourism: Frank Haas, Vicky Holt Takamine, Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum, Ron Williams
Education: Mark Matsuda, Lyla Berg, Phillip Bossert, Kim Coco Iwamoto
Economics: John Webster, Robbie Alm, Sumner La Croix, Dawn Webster
Social Services: Susan Chandler, Bob Nakata, Suzanne Chun-Oakland, Carol Plummer
Sovereignty: John D. Waihe'e, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Jonathan K. Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio

Arts: Craig Howes, Marilyn Cristofori, Joe Rice, Michael Pili Pang, Kathryn Xian
Revising History: John Rosa, Noelani Arista, Tom Coffman, Sarah Vowell
The Land: Cristina Bacchilega, William Aila, Carlos Andrade, Alapa'i Nahale'a, Charles Reppun
Sustainable Community: Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Jon Matsuoka, Luciano Minerbi
Food: Wanda Adams, John Heckathorn, Ed Kenney, Gary Maunakea-Forth
Energy: Jay Fidell, Henry Curtis, Jeff Mikulina, Scott Seu
Transportation: Ikaika Hussey, Jay Fidell, Chad Taniguchi, Peter Vincent
**Public debut and demonstration of "Seeing the Value" card game, a unique visual card-discussion game developed and showcased by students at Mililani High School and teachers Claire Gearen and David Goldberg. This innovative interactive card game asks Hawai'i youth to explore the trade-offs of value in the issues that matter most to us. Students choose a current events issue, create an image, and argue for a positive or negative value in effecting that issue for Hawai‘i. See what others value and how your choices interact. See the value! Audience participants will also get an opportunity to add their own card ideas to the newly created deck. (Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to noon)

**Special talk by National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jim Leach as part of his US-tour to call attention to the importance of "Civility in a Fractured Society." "Civilization requires civility. Words matter." Beyond the idea of simple etiquette, Leach will discuss the need for respectful engagement with other viewpoints and experiences during this tumultuous moment in history, and the special place that the humanities can create for truly civil discourse. (Saturday 4 pm)

**Performances and presentations by Youth Speaks Hawai'i on the topic of "Bridging Poetry and Politics." These savvy young poets have been having heated discussions on what we value (and do not value) about Hawai'i, and will be sharing their courageous insight and imaginings with a poetic edge.  (Saturday at noon, Sunday at 10am)

**Performance and discussions with amazing musicians, dancers, and theater groups, including Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Cyril Pahinui, The Royal Hawaiian Band, Monkey Waterfall, and many many more.

**Keiki storytelling and activities with a number of special guests, including PBS Kids characters, Jeff Gere, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and many more!

**Discussion sessions focused specifically on Hawaiian culture and history, and featuring a number of renowned experts and exciting new initiatives. Some of the topics and speakers include: Polynesian Voyaging Society (Nainoa Thompson), Mana Wahine ('Oiwi 4 authors Alohalani Brown, Keahi Lee, No'ukahau'oli Revilla, Blaine Tolentino), Men in Hula (Robert Cazimero, Benton Sen, Burton White), The Strategy of Hawaiian Literacy and Newspapers (Puakea Nogelmeier, Kau'i Sai-Dudoit), and many more, including sessions on surfing, sumo, petroglyphs and ancient sites, and Hawaiian music.

**Last, but not least, featuring a number of talented and award-winning authors from Hawai'i and elsewhere, for discussions, on writing, publishing, and all the difficulty and joy of storytelling. Including James Rumford, Alexei Melnick, Maxine Hong-Kingston, Sarah Vowell, Bamboo Ridge #98 writers, local playwrights, and many more.

This listing only represents a small number of the many individuals, groups, programs, performances, and activities that will be a part of the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. For a full listing, check out their website at
Hope to see you there! And our thanks to the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities for the great work in helping put this together!

2011 Hawaii Book and Music Festival sponsored by
Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority, City and Country of Honolulu, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu StarAdvertiser, KHON2, Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, Honolulu Magazine, Hagadone Printing Company, PBS Hawaii, PBS Kids, Clearchannel Radio, Visitor Video, Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Hawaiian Airlines, Booklines Hawaii, Hawaii Public Radio, and the Hawaii Independent.