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  • Writing the Hawai'i Memoir Now Available on Audible.com

    Darien Gee's award-winning writing guide, Writing the Hawai'i Memoir, is now available as an audiobook via Audible.com.

    This step-by-step blueprint for starting and completing your memoir (or family history) leads writers of any experience level through a natural, intuitive writing process that can be followed at any pace, quick or slow. This guide is for anyone who has a life story and wants to share it with others.

    Narrated by Carin Gilfry, with a dedicating pule written and recorded by Rev. Danny Akaka, Jr., the audiobook edition of Writing the Hawai'i Memoir lets you absorb Darien's advice while you're on-the-go. Or, sit in your favorite chair and think of it like your own personal writing seminar!

    Courtesy of Darien, we have three free Audible downloads to give away! Want one? Here's how to enter: Tell us the one-sentence summary of the memoir you would write.

    You can tell us in any of three ways:

    • Leave a comment on this blog.
    • Post a comment on our Facebook Page (preferably where we've shared the link to this post, but anywhere on the page is OK).
    • Tweet us (@watermarkhawaii) using the hashtag #hawaiimemoir ("Hey @watermarkhawaii, my #hawaiimemoir would be: ...")

    On September 1, 2015, we'll gather up all the responses and pick three lucky winners at random. (You'll need to sign up for an Audible account and have either a smartphone or Kindle in order to redeem and listen to the audiobook.)

    Here are some examples from our Watermark Publishing and Legacy Isle Publishing memoir releases to inspire you:

    Kapoho

    by Frances H. Kakugawa

    A coming-of-age memoir of life in a Hawaiian plantation village—now buried beneath a blanket of lava.

    My Name is Makia

    by Makia Malo with Pamela Young

    A child of Kalaupapa who grew up to carry his message of hope and love around the world.

    The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands

    by Frances Kirk

    The saga of the Society of Seven, one of the most enduring success stories in show business.

    Wayfinding through the Storm

    by Na Leo o Kamehameha with Gavan Daws

    The human story of a crisis that erupted at Kamehameha Schools and came close to destroying a historic educational community.

    We can't wait to hear your memoir ideas!

  • Awards for Hawai‘i Memoir Writing Guide and Brother Noland’s Wilderness Handbook

    9781935690535Watermark Publishing has swept the Special Interest Books category and received further recognition in the Design category at the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association’s 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards. Honors were given to Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir: Advice and Exercises to Help You Tell Your Story by Darien Gee (Award of Excellence, Special Interest) and The Hawaiian Survival Handbook by Brother Noland, illustrated by Andrew J. Catanzariti and designed by Jen Tadaki Catanzariti (Honorable Mentions, Special Interest and Design). The awards, which recognize the best local books published during the previous calendar year, were announced at ceremonies held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the East-West Center.

    DarienGee_headshot Darien Gee

    “What an amazing gift it would be for the Hawaiian Islands and the rest of the world if more people started to write down what might otherwise be lost,” the competition’s judges observed in their comments regarding top award honoree Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir. “It’s a daunting task to actually sit down and know where to begin. Darien Gee has solved this problem. [This] book takes you through the process step by step…it takes the stress out of where to start and how to start. The format of Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir is inspiring in itself, creative and original in its design.”

    Gee is a nationally best-selling author with six novels to her credit. A resident of Waimea on the island of Hawai‘i, she continues to write fiction (also under the pen name Mia King) and teaches writing and publishing workshops.

    SurvivalHandbook_webThe judges praised Brother Noland’s The Hawaiian Survival Handbook as “a guide like no other, not just because it includes plants, animals and scenarios specific to Hawai‘i, but because it considers the culture and customs of the people that live here. This valuable collection of knowledge is a unique addition to the typical guidebooks about our islands.” In the Design category, the Survival Handbook was acknowledged “a very close second to the winner. Fresh and unique…its compact size, black-and-white illustrations and gently distressed cloth cover perfectly complement the subject matter. The judges also enjoyed the endlessly amusing titles such as, ‘How to Deal with Eels.’”

    Noland_SurvivalWeb Brother Noland

    Brother Noland is an accomplished Hawaiian musician and lifelong outdoorsman. He offers traditional Hawaiian tracking and outdoor skills workshops and camps for adults and children through his Ho‘ea Initiative program. The Hawaiian Survival Handbook is his second book to be recognized by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association; The Lessons of Aloha: Stories of the Human Spirit, also from Watermark Publishing, was honored in the Nonfiction category in 2006. Husband-and-wife illustration-design team Andrew Catanzariti and Jen Tadaki Catanzariti have also collaborated on a Watermark Publishing children’s book, Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!

    Each year, the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association presents the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards to honor the best of Hawai‘i book publishing from the previous year. “Ka Palapala Po‘okela” literally translated from Hawaiian means “excellent manuscript.”

  • Two For Tuesday Deal for August 26, 2014!

    TWOFORTUESDAYWho among us hasn’t, at some point, been teased or made to feel smaller than we are by someone else? Our Two For Tuesday deal this month highlights a pair of books that teach kids to think smart and be proud to be themselves. Gecko and Mosquito and It’s OK To Be Different were each written and illustrated by a talented young woman—Gecko and Mosquito by artist Melissa DeSica and It’s OK To Be Different by intermediate school student Mahealani Sims-Tulba.

    Two For Tuesday Deal: $12 for Gecko and Mosquito and It’s OK To Be Different. You’ll save 50% on this pair of children’s books that take a stand against bullying.

    Bonus Offer: Little Wordsworth the Poet also faces teasing from his classmates when he writes poems about things they just can’t see. But guess who turns out to be the hero when it rains and rains and there seems to be no hope that the sun will shine again? Add Wordsworth the Poet to your order for just $5.00 (a 54% discount)!

     

    GET THE DEAL!

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  • Two For Tuesday Deal for July 29, 2014!

    TWOFORTUESDAYOn August 9, 1997, U.S. District Judge Samuel P. King and four other steadfast individuals— Gladys Brandt, Judge Walter Heen, Monsignor Charles Kekumano and Randy Roth—signed their names to the landmark “Broken Trust” essay published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper. Nine years later, in 2006, Judge King and Roth published the award-winning book Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, & Political Manipulation at America's Largest Charitable Trust. To this day, “Broken Trust” remains one of the biggest cases of trust mismanagement and certainly the most scandalous and controversial periods in the history of the Kamehameha Schools.

    Just ahead of the anniversary of the publication of the original essay, this month’s Two For Tuesday deal offers a look at the years of crisis from a unique point of view, an oral history document compiled by noted historian Gavan Daws, Wayfinding Through the Storm: Speaking Truth to Power at Kamehameha Schools 1993-1999. The other half of this month’s pairing is Broken Trust author Judge Sam King’s own memoir, Judge Sam King: A Memoir.

    Two For Tuesday Deal: $22 for Wayfinding Through The Storm and Judge Sam King. Together, these books have a retail value of $47.90. That’s a 55% discount on a set of books that provide a remarkable historical record of Hawai‘i.

    Bonus Offer: Want more Hawai‘i history? Former governor Ben Cayetano, whose tenure included directing the investigation of the Bishop Estate trustees, offers a riveting look at Hawai‘i yesterday and today in his book, BEN: A Memoir. Add it to your purchase for just $10 (a 50% discount).

    GET THE DEAL

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