2015 Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival: Literature, Levity, Local Issues

Apr 30, 2015

Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. She is the Editor-in-Chief of, as well as the author of four chapters and co-author of another chapter in, Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise.
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Hawai'i Book and Music Festival
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  The Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival this weekend will offer 150 different events involving 600 writers, performers, and presenters.  Offerings range from ‘ukulele workshops to insights from best-selling authors and panels on important local issues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers a glimpse at the panel on Native Hawaiian law.

All Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival events are free and happen on the grounds of Honolulu Hale 10am to 5pm this Saturday and Sunday.

The panel on Native Hawaiian Law and Society runs at 3pm Sunday, followed by the panel on “Vision for Hawaiian Nation Building.” 

Fifteen years in the making, the book, "Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise", will be published by Kamehameha Press and should be available by mid-June 2015.  

Many other, particularly local, authors will be sharing stories behind their books, for example, Don Wallace, senior editor at Honolulu Magazine has written a lively romp about life, love and a ruin on an island in "The French House."   Thomas Klobe, a Living Treasure of Hawai'i, has written an engaging memoir of his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Iran, "A Young American in Iran."  San Francisco-based journalist, Constance Hale, will offer salient points about writing, and the always insightful environmental writer, Barry Lopez, is also attending.  Bamboo Ridge will have activities and Editors' Choice writers to meet, and the 2015 Elliiot Cades Award winners for literature will be there. Congratulations to the winner for Established Writer Award: Adele Ne Jame, and the winner of the Emerging Writer Award, Shawna Yang Ryan.  

Writers from the current issue of "Oiwi, Native Hawaiian Journal" will offer readings and the panel on the excellent collection, "A Nation Rising," could be enlightening.  

Hawaiian musicians and hula halau will keep the atmosphere festive, with lots of entertainment and storytelling in the Keiki Tent.  

All events are free.