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Friday, September 29, 2000


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

Bullet"Survival: Restaurant Japanese for the Non-Japanese Speaker": By Richard Park III (Self-published), 54 pages; $9.95.

This handy pocket book is geared toward restaurant workers who serve a Japanese-speaking clientele, which may represent a sizeable audience here.

Park is a 29-year-old waiter at John Dominis, and this book represents the conversational knowledge he's picked up over nine years of working for the restaurant.

For those planning to travel to Japan as well, studying this book will allow you to determine just what your waiters are asking you when they query, "Donna biiru ga hoshii desu ka?" (What kind of beer would you like?) or "Minnasama wa nijuu issai ijyo desu ka?" (Is everyone 21 or older?)

The book doesn't give you, as consumer, ways to respond, but at least you'll know a little more Japanese than before picking up the book, and if you're smart, you may even figure them out.

Bullet "The Story of Lauhala": By Edna Williamson Stall (Petroglyph Press); paperback; 64 pages; $8.95.

Originally published in 1953, this book has been rereleased at a time when many are trying to reclaim ancient traditions.

This brief but informative book begins with the history and legends about hala, followed by instructions for weaving and caring for lauhala wares.

What this guide lacks are the detailed diagrams or photographs that would have helped to guide those who are more visually than verbally oriented. Instead, readers are asked to "bend No. 3, 5, and 7 (strips) down" or "Turn down No. 4. Turn up No. 5." Easier with pictures, no?

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Nadine Kam, Star-Bulletin

Bullet "Hawai'i Sun Aloha Moon": By James Rigler and Gail Ward (Island Heritage); 120 pages; hardcover; $24.99

This coffee table books presents a collection of brilliant photography juxtaposing the beauty of the sun and the moon with the spectacular scenery of the Hawaiian islands.

Bullet "Under a Maui Sun: The Valley Isle": By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi and Ron Dahlquist (Island Heritage); 120 pages; hardcover; $24.99

An exploration of Maui's beaches, terrain and activities is accompanied by captivating photographs. Myths and tales are included that allow the reader to glimpse into ancient Hawaii.


Local Best Sellers



1. "Hawaiian Flowers Cut-out Paper Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (1)
2. "Hawaiian Marine Life Color & Activity Book," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (2)
3. "Hide and Seek in Hawaii," Jane Hopkis & Ian Gillespie, Mutual Publishing (3)
4. "Golden Children of Hawaii Cut-Out Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (4)
5. "Limu -- The Blue Turtle," Kimo Armitage, Island Heritage (7)
6. "Goodnight Gecko," Gill McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (6)
7. "Baby Honu's Incredible Journey," Tammy Yee, Island Heritage (8)
8. "Baby Honu Saves The Day," Tammy Yee, Island Heritage (9)
9. "ABC's of Hawaii," Asta & Donovan, Island Heritage
10. "Kid Stuff About Hawaii," Dawn Goto, Mutual Publishing (5)


1. "Ethnic Foods of Hawaii," Ann Kondo Corum, Bess Press
2. "Pidgin To Da Max," Douglas Simonson, The Bess Press
3. "Maui's Hana Highway," Angela Kay Kepler, Mutual Publishing
4. "Unbearably Good! Mochi Lovers Cookbook," Teresa Devirglio-Lam (9)
5. "Reflections of Kauai," Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Island Heritage (2)
6. "Maui on My Mind," Rita Ariyoshi, Mutual Publishing (1)
7. "Hawaii Big Island Revealed, 2nd Edition," Andrew Doughty and Harriet Freidman, Wizard Publications (5)
8. "Ohana Style Cookbook," St. Francis Medical Center, Island Heritage
9. "Pidgin To Da Max Hana Hou!," Douglas Simonson, The Bess Press
10. "Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, 3rd Edition," Andrew Doughty and Harriet Friedman, Wizard Publications (3)


1. "Glen Grant's Chicken Skin Tales," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (4)
2. "Maui Remembers," Bren Bailey and Gail Bartholomew, Mutual Publishing
3. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales: True Local Spine-Tinglers," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press
4. "Obake Files," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (9)
5. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 2: More True Local Spine-Tinglers," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press (8)
6. "Hawaiian Journey," Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing (1)
7. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 3," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press
8. "A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands," Phil Barnes, Petrogylph Press
9. "Oahu's Hidden History," William Dorrance, Mutual Publishing
10. "Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian," Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert, University of Hawaii Press (3)


1. "Hawaii's Story," Lydia Liliuokalani, Mutual Publishing (1)
2. "Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was," Scott Stone, Island Heritage (2)
3. "True Tales of Hawaii and the South Seas," A. Grove Day and Carl Stroven, Mutual Publishing
4. "Mark Twain In Hawaii," Mark Twain, Mutual Publishing (8)
5. "Legends & Myths Of Hawaii," David Kalakaua, Mutual Publishing (6)
6. "The Tattoo," Chris McKinney, Mutual Publishing (3)
7. "Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes," Wiliam D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing (5)
8. "Myths and Legends of Hawaii," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing (7)
9. "Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands," Gavan Daws, University of Hawaii Press (4)
10. "Honolulu Mysteries," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing


1. "Student Atlas of Hawaii," James O. and Sonia P. Juvik, and Thomas R. Paradise, Bess Press (10)
2. "Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns Vol. I I," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual Publishing
3. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Birds," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing (2)
4. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Underwater Paradise," John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (9)
5. "Hawaiian Lei Making Step-by-Step Guide," Laurie Shimizu Ide, Mutual Publishing (4)
6. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Trees and Shrubs," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing (7)
7. "Hawaii's Fishes," John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (3)
8. "Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns Vol. I ," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual Publishing (6)
9. "Pocket Guide How to Hula," Patricia Murray (editor), Mutual Publishing
10. "Things Hawaiian -- Guide To Language," Albert Schutz, Island Heritage (5)

These are best-selling books in Hawaii during the last month. Figures are courtesy of the Hawaii Book Publishers Association and Booklines distributors, and reflect sales by Hawaii-based publishers. Numbers in parentheses indicate a title's previous ranking.

Read All About It


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


Keiki Storytime
Bullet Barnes & Noble: 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 7 p.m. Fridays; and noon Saturdays and Sundays. Call 737-3323.

Bullet Borders Waikele, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Call 676-6699.

Bullet Borders Ward Centre, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays. Call 591-8995.

Bullet Pearl City Public Library, 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 453-6566.

Bullet Hawaii State Library, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Call 586-3510.

Preschool Pals
Bullet 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Mililani Public Library, 627-7470. Designed for ages 2-1/2 to 5. Contact the library 5-7 days in advance for a hearing interpreter.

Bullet 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Kaimuki Public Library, 733-8422. For ages 2-5. Stories, rhymes, finger plays, puzzles and more.

Japanese Storytelling and Origami
kaimuki Public Library, 733-8422
11 a.m. tomorrow. With the 48th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court.


"Walking in a Crowd of Angels"
Sirius Bookstore, 672-5008
By Beth Terry, noon-5 p.m. tomorrow.


Books Needed
McCully-Moiliili Public Library, 973-1099
Seeking donations of books for an ongoing book sale. Proceeds benefit the library. Receipts for tax deduction are available.

Book Publishing Workshop
Kapiolani Community College, 734-9211
9 a.m.-noon Oct. 21. Learn how to attract a publisher and a literary agent and determine whether your book will be successful. Call to register. $50.

Manuscript Critique
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators seeks children's book manuscripts to critique with a maximum of six typed pages, double spaced. Author's name, address, email, and phone number must appear on the title page, and name on all the other pages. A one-page summary should accompany novels. Send manuscripts to: SCBWI Manuscript Critique, c/o Children's Literature Hawaii, Department of English, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. $25 per manuscript; $20 for current SCBWI members. Call for more information. Deadline: Nov. 1.

"Makana Akamai"
Friends of the Library needs book donations to help the library's budget. Call for a brochure listing books wanted. Books may be donated to a favorite library.


AAUW Multicultural Book Group
6:30-8 p.m. fourth Monday of each month. Discussion of books and literature on women's issues.

african american literary book group
1132 Bishop St., Suite 1404; 528-5037
Group discusses African literature, 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month. Call to confirm attendance and book title.

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

Literature Readers Group
Borders Ward Centre; 591-8995
Meets 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month.

Moonlight Storytellers
7-9 p.m. second Friday of each month. Informal group of storytellers who meet and swap tales to develop storytelling skills. Both novice and experienced tellers are welcome. Call Vicky Dworkin for information on storytelling topics and locations.

Online Fun
(212) 414-6157
Barnes and Noble author chat group at or on America Online (keyword: bn). Call Elke Villa or email her at

Open mic
Barnes & Noble; 737-3323
Poets and writers are welcome to share their works, 7 p.m. third Friday of each month.

Poetry Writers Circle
Borders Ward Centre; 596-8194
Meets 7 p.m. third Thursday of each month.

Romance Readers Anonymous
Borders Waikele; 676-6699
Meets 6:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month.

Romance Readers Group
Borders, Ward Centre; 591-8995.
Meets 7 p.m. second Thursday of each month.

Science and Fantasy Fiction Reading Group
Borders Ward Centre; 591-8995
Meets 7 p.m. last Thursday of each month.

Writers Support Group
Borders Waikele; 676-6699
Meets 3 p.m. first Friday of each month.

Young Authors' Sharing Group
Borders Waikele; 676-6699
Meets 10:30 a.m. second and fourth Wednesday of each month. For children in grades 1-6.

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