Sunday, June 22, 2003

New releases by Hawaii authors

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"Whetu Moana -- Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English" by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (University of Hawaii, $22)

More than 60 Polynesian poets contributed works from the last two decades. With that kind of range, there are stylistic touches and subject matters all over the map, and that's to this volume's credit. Bracing and involving reading.

"Ulu's Dog and Other Stories" by Shelagh Scoville (Fithian, $14.95)
Former Hawaii resident Scoville used to honcho writers' groups here, and has an obvious skill at constructing stories with interesting characters and involved emotions. Every once in a while her eagerness to whip out those metaphorical chops gets in the way of storytelling. The stories based in Hawaii are infused with the complications of local culture: Scoville is an astute observer.

"Pursuit of Health & Wellness -- Good Posture Key to Stress Management" by Katsumi Miyano D.D.S. (Bang, price unknown)
A more accurate subtitle might have been "Random, Albeit Incomplete, Deep Thoughts on Our State of Being." Local dentist and health advocate Miyano has taken hundreds of seminars and transcribed his notes into this slim book. Full of wise suggestions that go nowhere, obvious and odd advice (to relax your tongue, let it fall to the floor of your mouth!) plus some scary drawings of bad posture.

"Diving for Numbers in Hawaii" and "Diving for Colors in Hawaii" illustrated by Johann Bosgra (Beachhouse, $5.95 each)
Cheerful little books diecut into the shape of a facemask become a window on Hawaii's underwater world, complete with easy lessons on English words and phrases, plus basic mathematical concepts. A kind of illustrated glossary in the back is a guide to local reef fish. Cute idea.

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame


Send items at least two weeks in advance of publication to 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813; or fax 529-4750.


"Marshall Islands Legends and Stories"
By Daniel Kelin, 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Kaimuki Public Library; 6:30 p.m. June 26 at the Liliha Public Library; and 11:30 a.m. June 28 at the Hawaii State Library. Call 733-8842, 587-7577 or 586-3490.


Barnes & Noble
10:30 a.m. Tuedays; and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 737-3323.
Borders Waikele
10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Call 676-6699.
Borders Ward Centre
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11a.m. Saturdays. Call 591-8995.
Hawaii State Library
10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays at the library's Edna Allyn Room for Children. Keiki of all ages are welcome. Call 586-3510.
Kaimuki Public Library
10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Thursdays at the library. For toddlers and their accompanying adult; led by children's librarian Sandra Hall. No signup needed. Call 733-8423.


Poetry Slam
8 p.m. June 26 at Jelly's. An open mic session will begin at 7 p.m.; participants in the slam must pre-register to take part in the competition. Call 484-4413.


AAUW Multicultural Book Group
6:30 to 8 p.m. every fourth Monday of the month. Call 537-4702 for location.
African American Literary Book Group
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at 1132 Bishop St., Suite 1404. Call 528-5037 to confirm attendance and book title.
Crafts and Stories: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Barnes & Noble; call 737-3323.
Book Sale
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays; also 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Kaneohe Public Library. The Friends of Kaneohe Library offer a wide range of fiction and non-fiction for all ages at bargain prices. Call 233-5676.
Literature Readers Group
Meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Borders Ward Centre; call 591-8995.
Moonlight Storytellers
7 to 9 p.m. every second Friday of the month. Novice and experienced storytellers are welcome to swap tales and develop storytelling skills at these informal meetings. Call Vicky Dworkin at 262-2049 for topics and locations.
Online Fun
Barnes & Noble author chat room at or America Online (keyword: bn). Call Elke Villa at (212) 414-6157 or e-mail
Open Mic
Poets and writers are welcome to share their works, 7 p.m. every third Friday of the month at Barnes & Noble; call 737-3323.
The "Other" Reading Group
7 p.m. every last Tuesday of the month at Borders Waikele; call 676-6699.
Romance Readers Anonymous
6:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at Borders Waikele; call 676-6699.
Romantic Borders Readers Group
7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at Borders Ward Centre; call 591-8995.
"Sammath Naur"
The Mythopoeic Society of Hawaii meets every third Saturday of the month to discuss fantasy, science fiction and other literature; 638-7497.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Group
7 p.m. every last Thursday of the month at Borders Ward Centre; call 591-8995.
Shakespeare on Sunday
7 p.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month at Barnes & Noble. A different play is presented every other week. Call 737-3323.
Spiritual Book Club
10 a.m. Thursdays in Hawaii Kai. Sponsored by Church of Keauhou. The club is currently studying Dr. Phil's book "Self Matters" during its meetings. Call Sue at 988-8618 for details.
Writers Support Group
3 p.m. every first Friday of the month at Borders Waikele; call 676-6699.


Call for Submissions
Hybolics is currently accepting submissions for an upcoming "Gen X Local" issue. Original poems, plays, stories, songs, raps, artwork, comic strips, essays and other works may be sent to Hybolics, Inc., attn: Gen X Local Anthology, P.O. Box 3016, Aiea 96701. E-mail

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