Hawaii Book and Music Festival

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Elmer Omar Pizo was born in the Philippines, where he went to seminary school, then worked in Saudi Arabia.  Twenty nine years ago, Pizo immigrated to Hawai‘i and has worked in vector control, landscaping, carpentry, and security, all the while, quietly writing poetry.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, his first collection is a window into Filipino life.

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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.

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The 11th annual Honolulu Book and Music Festival takes place this weekend on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. The two day event mixes books, storytelling and music to promote literacy and culture.

More than fifty authors, poets, and storytellers will discuss their recent work on a variety of panels.  On the main stage… Hawaiian musicians and hula hālaus will entertain festival goers. New this year is a wellness discussion with leaders from the Buddhist community.  Dave Deluca is the board chair of the Honolulu 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.

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   This Saturday and Sunday the grounds of Honolulu Hale will be teeming with lovers of books, music and dance.  Scholarly panels and lively performances, opportunities to meet famous authors and get books at hugely discounted prices are just part of the draw for this year’s Hawai’i Book and Music Festival.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a winner of this year’s Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Wing Tek Lum.

Award winning writer, storyteller, educator, Makia Malo, was diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at age 12, and exiled to Kalaupapa in 1947.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with Malo about experiences included in his new memoir.