New book releases from Hawaii authors
By J. Lovins
This children's book is a first for the author, who also created the illustrations. It shows the connection a baby has with its family as well as the land. The book includes many Hawaiian words, and a glossary explains words and locations for those unfamiliar with them. There is also a section where readers can go to look for items hidden in each illustration.
"How To Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar"
Henry Kaleialoha Allen
The sweet strains of the steel guitar, while steeped in country music, is nearly synonymous with island hapa-haole music. This book offers complete lessons in a format useful for anyone from beginners to intermediate students. There's a history of the instrument, purchasing tips and an abundance of sheet music and scales. A CD is included to aid in instruction.