If you love exploring the local book scene when you travel, here’s my guide for bibliophiles coming to Hawaii. After reading my list of ideas, please add your own favorites in the comment section below.
Visit the Hawaii Book Blog On-Line
Before, during or after your Hawaii vacation, Alex and Misty-Lynn will keep you updated on books about Hawaii and the Pacific including local authors. I met up with them recently at the annual Book and Music Festival in Honolulu. In addition to books, you’ll find a fun selection of t-shirts on their site. I’m partial to their, “Shaka for Books.”
My Favorite Places for Used Books
Most unusual is Bill’s Bookmobile. A frugal bookstore on wheels permanently parked in Honolulu, this benefits the Friends of the Library of Hawaii. Another favorite is tucked inside Shirokiya at Ala Moana Shopping Center. There you’ll find Book Off where many sell for only a dollar. On Kauai the only bookstore is Talk Story located in Hanapepe. It’s the Western most secondhand bookstore in the United States. Owners Ed and Cynthia will make you feel like family when you visit.
A New Mystery Writer on the Hawaii Scene
When New Jersey transplant Douglas Corleone moved to Hawaii, he penned a brand new mystery series. His first book, One Man’s Paradise captures the essence of Hawaii with well written courtroom drama. Not surprising when you consider that Doug is an attorney. One Man’s Paradise won the 2009 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. I met up with Doug recently before the release of his latest book, Night on Fire.
Hawaii Book and Music Festival
This celebration is held very May in Honolulu. It’s a two day weekend event that includes a book swap. Their most recent festival featured author and comedian Roseanne Barr.
Final thoughts: Google for a list of Hawaii publishers and don’t forget to shop for books at all of our museums.
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