Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, April 30, 1999

Isle Pages

This listing of new books about Hawaii or by Hawaii writers is published on the last Friday of each month.

Bullet "Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships": David A Heenan and Warren Bennis, $24.95, 312 pages, John Wiley & Sons

A study of "unsung" individuals in leadership.

Bullet "Healing Back Pain Naturally": Dr. Art Brownstein, $19.95, 216 pages, Harbor Press Inc.

Brownstein offers insight on healing the ailment with natural, low-tech methods.

Bullet "Hawaii Joins The World": Walter F. Judd, $15.95, 227 pages, Mutual Publishing

Follow the evolution of Hawaii from a time of monarchs and feudalism to annexation and the introduction to Western civilization.

Bullet "Oahu's Hidden History": William H. Dorrance, $13.95, 222 pages, Mutual Publishing

Take self-guided tours through old-time Oahu and explore a history little-known to local residents or visitors. Contains pictures, directions by bus or car and more.


Read All About It

Read All About It presents news and notices about Hawaii's literary scene. Send items two weeks in advance of publication date to Read All About It, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, Hawaii 96802.


Laurie Ide

Waldenbooks, Ala Moana Center; 942-1605
Author of "Hawaiian Lei Making Step-by-Step Guide" displays lei, noon-1 p.m. tomorrow .

David Gulko and John Hoover

Waikiki Aquarium, 923-9741
Book launch party featuring Gulko, "Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology," and Hoover, "Hawaii's Sea Creatures," 5:30-7 p.m. May 6. Free admission.

Sam Choy

10:30-11:30 a.m. May 8, Waldenbooks/Hilo and noon-1:30 p.m. May 8, Walmart/Hilo.


Armistead Maupin

Lodge at Koele, Music Room; 808-565-7300
The "Tales of the City" author will read at 8:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow. Free.


"From the Philippines to Hawaii"

Waipahu Civic Center, 261-6837
Meet Filipino-American writers, view their works, and attend a reception celebrating the event. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., authors to present their works 7-8 p.m.; today.


Crafts and stories

Barnes and Noble, 737-3323
Meets 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mensa Book Group

Barnes & Noble; 734-1159
Meets 3 p.m. first Sunday of February, May, August and November. Look for the Mensa sign. Call Gerry DeBenedetti.

Online fun

(212) 414-6157
Barnes and Noble author chat group at and on aol (keyword: bn). Call Elke Villa or e-mail her at

Romance Writers of America, Aloha Chapter

Aina Haina Library, 739-7722
Honolulu Fire Department representative will speak about fire investigations, 10 a.m. tomorrow. Visitors welcome.

Writers Support Group

Borders, Waikele; 676-6699
Meets 2 p.m. first Friday of each month


The Bards of Burbank
Free poetry contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Entry deadline is May 10. Entries can be any subject, any style, 21 lines or less. Send to: Free Poetry Contest, 2219 W Olive Ave., Suite 250, Burbank, CA 91506. Or, enter online.

New Jersey Rainbow Poets
Religious poetry sought. Send one poem, any subject or style with a spiritual inference to: Free Poetry Contest, 103 N. Wood Ave., Suite 70, Linden, NJ 07036. Winners notified by end of September, and will be invited for free publication. All entrants will receive a winner's list.


March Local Best Sellers


1. Goodnight Gecko, Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (1)
2. Baby Honu's Adventure, Tammy Yee, Island Heritage (2)
3. Keiki's First Books (series), Wren and Maile, Bess Press
4. Limu The Blue Turtle, Kimo Armitage, Island Heritage
5. Brave Little Turtle, Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading
6. Fishes of Hawaii, Susan and Thomas Kelly, Bess Press
7. Whale Who Wanted To Be Small, Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (9)
8. The Story of Hina, Patrick Ching, Island Heritage (6)
9. The Little Hawaiian Rainbow, Stacey Daum, Island Heritage (7)
10. Gecko Hide and Seek, Gil McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (3)


1. Viewbook (series), Douglas Peebles, Hawaiian Resources (2)
2. Discover Hawaii Series, Stu Dawrs, Island Heritage (3)
3. Scenic Hawaii Series, Island Heritage (1)
4. From the Skies of Paradise Series, Glen Grant, Chris Cook, Tom Stevens and Douglas Peebles, Mutual Publishing
5. Island Travelogues (series), Curt Sanburn, Jan TenBruggencate, and Ui and Steve Goldsberry, Mutual Publishing
6. The Kauai Movie Book, Chris Cook, Mutual Publishing
7. 50th Anniversary Maui Cookbook, various contributors, Maui Association for Family and Community Education (4)
8. The Essential Guides Series, Island Heritage H (5)
9. Maui on My Mind, Rita Ariyoshi, Mutual Publishing (6)
10. Hawaii Blossoms, Dorothy and Bob Hargreaves, H Island Heritage (7)
10. The Undersea World of Wyland, various, Time Life Books


1. Hawaii the Big Island Revealed, Andrew Soughty and Harriet Friedman, Wizard Publications (1)
2. Obake Files, Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing
3. Glen Grant's Chicken Skin, Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing.
4. Hawaiian Journey, Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing (2)
5. Ancient Hawaii, Herb Kane, Kane Press
6. Hawaiian Names English Names, Eileen Root, Press Pacifica (3)
7. Hawaii Volcano Story & Scenery, Glen Kaye, KC Publications
8. Shoal of Time, Gavan Daws, University of Hawai'i Press H (4)
9. Obake -- Ghost Stories in Hawaii, Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing
10. Ancient Sites of Hawaii, Van James, Mutual Publishing


1. Hawaiian Historical Legends, William D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing
2. Unwritten Literature of Hawaii, Nathaniel B. Emerson, Mutual Publishing
3. Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost Gods, William D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing
3. The Polynesian Family System in Ka'u Hawaii, E.S. Craighill Handy and Mary Kawena Pukui
5. A Hawaiian Reader Vol. I, edited by A. Grove Day and Carl Stroven, Mutual Publishing
6. Brief History of Hawaii, George Armitage, Hawaiian Service Inc.
7. Legends and Myths of Hawaii, David Kalakaua, Mutual Publishing (9)
8. Stories of Hawaii, Jack London, Mutual Publishing
9. Hawaii One Summer, Maxine Hong Kingston, UH Press (6)
10. Shaping Hawaii: The Voices of Women, Joyce C. Lebra, Goodale Publishing


1. Hawaiian Quilting 20 Blocks, Elizabeth Root, Dover Publications Inc.
2. Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Birds, H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing
3. Hawaii's Birds Hawaii Audubon Society, Island Heritage (2)
4. Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, 3rd Edition, A. Doughty and H. Friedman, Wizard Publications
5. Things Hawaiian, A Pocket Guide to the Language, Al Schutz, Island Heritage (3)
6. Pocket Guide to the Hawaiian Lei, Ronn Ronck, Mutual Publishing
7. Pocket Guide to How To Hula, ed. by Patricia Lei Anderson Murray, Mutual Publishing
7. Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Trees & Shrubs, H. Douglass Pratt, Mutual Publishing
9. New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary, Mary Pukui and Samuel Elbert, UH Press (1)
10. Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Underwater Paradise, John P. Hoover, Mutual Publishing

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during March 1999. Figures are courtesy of Hawaii Book Publishers Association and Booklines distributors, and reflect sales by Hawaii-based publishers. A star denotes a title has been on the market at least five years; a number in parenthesis shows previous ranking.

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