New releases from Hawaii authors
"Honua: A Collection of Poetry"
By Sage Uilani Takeshiro, Kahuaomanoa Press. $12.00
Sage Takeshiro was born and raised in Hilo, and many of her poems in this paperback collection focus on the people and land of Hawaii, using a particularly Hilo brand of humor and wit. Takeshiro has been called "an emerging voice of the next generation of Kanaka Maoli poets who brings a solid, fresh perspective on contemporary Kanaka experiences on this honua."
By Ann Inoshita, Kahuaomanoa Press. $12.00
Ann Inoshita was born and raised on Oahu. Her poems, collected here in paperback form, have been written in a mix of Japanese pidgin and standard English. These poems take the reader through childhood and adulthood and strive for answers about identity and belonging within Hawaii. Juliet S. Kono, the author of "Hilo Rains" and "Tsunami Years" describes the images in Inoshita's poem's as "lively, yet beautiful in their rendering."