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Among the many businesses impacted by Hurricane Lane is a used bookstore and music owner. Royce Wilson is grateful for his friends who have come to his rescue and who are starting a go fund me page as the shop owner and his landlord do not have flood insurance. Wilson is frustrated that he can’t stop the water seeping through concrete walls in the building. His landlord has sump pumps going and the Fire Dept has helped to reduce the flooding but he is frustrated that he can’t file a claim for damages just yet.

Hawaii Book and Music Festival Facebook
Hawaii Book and Music Festival Facebook

Honolulu’s annual Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival attracts thousands of participants every year in late spring.  The two-day event doesn't just bring noteworthy authors to town. There are children’s activities, food books and demos, even dance and music concerts, and discussions about local issues. After 13 years, the festival is looking forward to serving more people across the state.

Jackie Young
Jackie Young

A neighborhood bookstore in Honolulu’s neighborhood of Mō‘ili‘ili will be closing down soon. It’s been part of the university community for nearly 40 years. The store's manager says it's because of financial pressures--but the enterprise isn't disappearing entirely.  Jackie Young has more on the changing times for a familiar store.

Revolution Books opened in 1976, near Tamashiro Market in Kalihi. Within 2 years, it moved to the university area and has been there ever since—specializing in a wide range of topics, including politics, feminism, religion and the environment.

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   If you’re looking for a welcoming place that mingles books and conversation, Revolution Books has been providing that space for over 38 years.  With bookstores down to a one handed count in Honolulu, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa visited a spot even many long time Honolulu residents have missed. 

Revolution Books’ Indiegogo campaign to keep them going concludes March 20th.  Check the HPR website for links.