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Friday, October 27, 2000

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Local Best Sellers
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This listing of new books about Hawaii or by Hawaii writers is published on the last Friday of each month.

"Hawai'i's Best Spooky Tales 4: More True Local Spine-Tinglers": collected by Rick Carroll (The Bess Press); ISBN 1-57306-114-X; paperback; 160 pages; $11.95.

The latest Rick Carroll compilation of "Hawai'i's Best Spooky Tales" offers what is described as 29 true first-person accounts of mysterious encounters, evil spirits and possessions.

While some encounters seem to be the result of overly active imaginations, others have the quality of fiction. Those who already believe in the supernatural will find this book gives them more proof. Nonbelievers won't be convinced.

"Goldie and the Three Geckos": By Debra Ryll; 32 pages; Hardcover; ISBN: 0-89610-357-9; $7.95

An adaptation of the classic story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" leads Goldie to three rattan chairs, three bowls of saimin and three futons. Hawaiian words are highlighted throughout.

"The Three Little Pua'a Meet the Menehune": By Sherry Forkum; illustrated by Antoinette Costello (Island Heritage); ISBN 0-89610-029-4; hard cover; 24 pages; $7.95.

Sherry Forkum spent her childhood on her family's hog farm. Naturally, one of her favorite stories was "The Three Little Pigs."

Upon moving to the Big Island and absorbing local folklore, she put two and two together to come up with the story of 'Ekahi, 'Elua and 'Ekolu, three little pigs living on Maui who venture to Hana. On the way, they meet a surly menehune who takes the place of the wolf.

The book for young children makes use of Hawaiian and pidgin words and comes with a glossary.

"Fables From the Sea": By Leslie Ann Hayashi; illustrated by Kathleen Wong Bishop (University of Hawai'i Press); ISBN 0-8248-2224-2; hard cover; 40 pages; $14.95.

Leslie Ann Hayashi dreamed of writing books when she was a 6-year-old growing up in Wahiawa. And she knew wanted them to be illustrated by her best friend Kathleen Wong Bishop. Some 30 years later, the two made the dream come true, but it took a few painting classes on Bishop's part.

"Fables From the Sea" is the pair's followup to "Fables From the Garden." This time, sea creatures such as hermit crabs and cuttlefish learn life's lessons in 10 charming tales. A nautilus cautions others to beware the evil-looking manta. But a little nautilus believes there's more to the manta than appearances and discovers the manta to be a gentle creature. The moral: We should never fear what we don't know.

Hayashi, a district court judge in Honolulu, finds inspiration in her work and in her two sons.

Nadine Kam, Star-Bulletin

Local Best Sellers


1. "Hawaiian Flowers Cut-out Paper Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (1)
2. "Hide and Seek in Hawaii," Jane Hopkis & Ian Gillespie, Mutual Publishing (3)
3. "Hawaiian Marine Life Color & Activity Book," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (2)
4. "Fables From the Sea," Leslie Ann Hayashi, University of Hawaii Press
5. "Limu -- The Blue Turtle," Kimo Armitage, Island Heritage (5)
6. "Golden Children of Hawaii Cut-Out Dolls," Yuko Green, Island Heritage (4)
7. "The Musubi Man: Hawaii's Gingerbread Man," Sandi Takayama, The Bess Press
8. "Aloha Bear 123 Counting Workbook," Yuko Green, Island Heritage
9. "Kid Stuff About Hawaii," Dawn Goto, Mutual Publishing (10)
10. "Goodnight Gecko," Gill McBarnet, Ruwanga Trading (6)


1. "Ethnic Foods of Hawaii," Ann Kondo Corum, Bess Press (1)
2. "Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, 3rd Edition," Andrew Doughty and Harriet Friedman, Wizard Publications (10)
3. "Capturing Aerial Views," Douglas Peebles, Mutual Publishing
4. "Landmark Hawaii," Douglas Peebles, Mutual Publishing
5. "Maui on My Mind," Rita Ariyoshi, Mutual Publishing (6)
6. "Kauai Movie Book," Chris Cook, Mutual Publishing
7. "Hawaii Big Island Revealed, 2nd Edition," Andrew Doughty and Harriet Freidman, Wizard Publications (7)
8. "Hawaii's Spam Cookbook," Ann Kondo Corum, The Bess Press
9. "Pidgin To Da Max," Douglas Simonson, The Bess Press
10. "Hawaii," Douglas Peebles, Mutual Publishing


1. "New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary," Mary Kawena Pukui et al., University of Hawaii Press
2. "Glen Grant's Chicken Skin Tales," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (1)
3. "Hawaiian Journey," Joseph Mullins, Mutual Publishing (6)
4. "Maui Remembers," Bren Bailey and Gail Bartholomew, Mutual Publishing (2)
5. "Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales: True Local Spine-Tinglers," Rick Carroll, The Bess Press (3)
6. "Obake Files," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing (4)
7. "Hawaiian Names, English Names," Eileen Root, Press Pacifica
8. "Waikiki Yesteryear," Glen Grant, Mutual Publishing
9. "Driving & Discovering Maui & Molokai," Richard Sullivan, Island Heritage
10. "A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands," Phil Barnes, Petrogylph Press (8)


1. "Legends & Myths Of Hawaii," David Kalakaua, Mutual Publishing (5)
2. "Hawaii's Story," Lydia Liliuokalani, Mutual Publishing (1)
3. "Mark Twain In Hawaii," Mark Twain, Mutual Publishing (4)
4. "The Tattoo," Chris McKinney, Mutual Publishing (6)
5. "Hawaiian Folktales," Thomas G. Thrum, Mutual Publishing
6. "Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands," Gavan Daws, University of Hawaii Press (9)
7. "Myths and Legends of Hawaii," W. D. Westervelt, Mutual Publishing (8)
8. "Stories of Hawaii," Jack London, Mutual Publishing
9. "All I Asking for Is My Body," Milton Murayama, University of Hawaii Press
10. "Hawaiian Reader," A. Grove Day (editor), Mutual Publishing


1. "Hawaii's Best Mochi Recipes," Jean Watanabe Hee, Mutual Publishing
2. "Pocket Guide To Hawaii's Flowers," Leland Miyano, Mutual Publishing
3. "Hawaiian Lei Making Step-by-Step Guide," Laurie Shimizu Ide, Mutual Publishing (5)
4. "Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns Vol. I ," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual Publishing (8)
5. "Things Hawaiian -- Guide To Language," Albert Schutz, Island Heritage (10)
6. "Hawaii's Fishes," John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (7)
7. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Birds," H. Douglas Pratt, Mutual Publishing (3)
8. "Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Underwater Paradise," John Hoover, Mutual Publishing (4)
9. "Poakalani Hawaiian Quilt Cushion Patterns Vol. I I," Poakalani and John Serrao, Mutual Publishing (2)
10. "Pocket Guide How to Hula," Patricia Murray (editor), Mutual Publishing (9)

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

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"Hawaii's Best Spooky Tales 4"
734-7159, ext. 10
Bullet Borders Waikele, noon Sunday.
Bullet Borders Ward Centre, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Bullet Waldenbooks Pearlridge, 7 p.m. Monday.
"Muffin" Stories
Waldenbooks Mililani, 623-2138
Carmen Geshell signs "Muffin's Makapu'u Adventure," "Muffin and The Lesson of Kokua," "The Colors of the Rainbow," 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
"The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands"
By Dale Hope
Bullet Native Books & Beautiful Things, Merchant Street, 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 3.
Bullet Bestsellers Downtown, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3.
Bullet Bailey's Antiques, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 3.
"Road Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare"
By Leon James and Diane Nahl.
Bullet Bestsellers Hawaii, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday.


Book Sale
Liliha Public Library, 587-7577
10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow. Oprah's choice, bestsellers, foreign language books, music and art, travel, science fiction, cookbooks and more.
Honolulu Writers Conference
All-day conference, Nov. 18. National book editors and literary agents discuss book proposals, children's books and self publishing. $89; $60 students.


"After the Ball"
University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Building, Room 10
By David Penhallow, 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lisa Kana'e
Windward Community College
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alakai 129, Little Theatre.

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