Surf legend Lopez offers insights in latest Bamboo Ridge anthology
The anthologies published by Bamboo Ridge are always a mix of work -- by those prominent in local literary circles and lesser-known writers who share a love for poetry and prose.
» Reception and readings: 7 p.m. Wednesday
» Place: UH-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom
» Admission: Free
» Call: 626-1481
» Also: A reading will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii, Ward Warehouse
But the current edition, No. 91, has some true star power among its 44 writers: Surf legend Gerry Lopez has contributed a piece, "Pakala," an excerpt from his new book, "Surf Is Where You Find It."
The story is about his childhood in the Kauai plantation town of Pakala and the beginnings of his surfing life.
That's him riding a wave on the cover of the new book, and he gets top billing as a reader at a launch party Wednesday. Joining him will be Carlos Andrade, another contributor and the veteran surfer who introduced Lopez to the sport.
Lopez writes of the day Andrade came to Pakala and showed a 12-year-old the power and beauty of the waves: "It was amazing how they glided and floated across the faces of those waves that I noticed for the first time were truly exceptional."
Also reading from their works will be Rachel Ana Brown, winner of the Editor's Choice Award for Best Poetry; Peter Van Dyke, winner in the Best Prose category; and Christine Thomas, Best New Writer.
Water business puts taste buds to the test
The folks who make MaHaLo Hawaii Deep Sea Water say their bottled water -- desalinated H2O from the depths of the ocean -- is pure and mineral-rich, with a taste to match.
Do you believe that, or do you suspect they're just trying to get you to spend cash money on something that you can get free from the tap?
Either way, put your theory to the test at the Purely Hawaiian Water Taste Contest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Thursday at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza stage.
Compare MaHaLo with other bottled brands and see if you can taste the difference.
Games (with prizes) for kids and adults are free. Bottles of ocean water will be sold at the MaHaLo Water Showroom and Water Bar in the shopping plaza.