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Tag Archives: Pamela Young

  • Words of Love

    Ah, love, that writers' muse!

    To get you in the mood for romance and love this Valentine's Day weekend, here are some excerpts from our archives to share with you concerning love. And because we know you love books (and we love book lovers), scroll down to the end of this post for a gift from us: a coupon code good for 30% off your entire purchase at our online store. (Excludes used books.)

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    The Sound of Hilo RainNot only did Asa love Nancy, but Nancy loved Asa. This was romance. Just like the movies. In fact, this was better than the movies. This was really, really something. I was glad I had joined Asa at Orinoco. I was learning something. After this, everything else would be dull stuff.

    “How do you know she loves you?” I asked.

    “The way she looks at me, dummy.”

    “The way she looks at you?”

    “Yeah, the way she looks at me.”

    “How does she look at you?”

    “For Christ’s sakes, do I have to tell you everything?”

    “Sure would be nice, Asa.”

    - From “Romance at the Swimming Hole,” The Sound of Hilo Rain by Roy Kodani


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    Don't Look Back“Why don’t you tell me more about what’s happening in your love life? You said it’s on the rocks?”

    “I’ve never been great with relationships,” she admits. She tucks her legs underneath her. “It’s one reason my older sister and I don’t get along. She was very angry at me for seducing her husband.” She rolls her eyes derisively.

    I try to hide my shock but she notices my discomfort immediately.

    “What?” She arches a perfectly plucked eyebrow. “It’s not as if we can control whom we love. Or desire.”



    - From “Pele in Therapy” by Darien Gee, Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New edited by Christine Thomas


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    My Name is Makia“Makia, I really like you.”

    “You nice, too.”

    “You have a girlfriend? A lady you’re close to?”

    “I have friends, nothing romantic. I was married before.”

    She thought about that.

    With all I had to cope with I didn’t think there was anything there to love. I felt bad for her. I told her. I wasn’t being cruel, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. I wanted her to know, “Look at me, you’re out of your head.” The place for her was not with me. She was haole and she was rich. She didn’t have the disease. I was fifty-one. She was in her forties.

    But it was tough to say no to Ann. She slowly started to cut the resistance. And we had fun together, joking each other. She thought I was something, but she was something. She said she loved me and I gave in. Despite my fears I began to see a life with this woman who was so different from me.

    - From My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa by Makia Malo and Pamela Young


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    Frank, Sammy, Marlon & MePeggy was as bubbly in person as she was on the screen. She was very warm and friendly. No star-like airs. During the lunch she casu­ally asked, “So, where is Mrs. Sherman?”

    “There is no Mrs. Sherman,” I answered.

    Her eyebrows shot upward. She paused and smiled, “Oh!”

    She was a star entertainer. World famous. Played the best hotels and nightclubs. She had appeared in dozens of films from childhood and guest-starred in all the top TV shows. Me? I was just a hack news­paper columnist, way out in the blue Pacific. A great star like Peggy Ryan certainly couldn’t take our Hawaii romance seriously. Marry me? Impossible.


    - From “Peggy Ryan,” Frank, Sammy, Marlon & Me by Eddie Sherman




  • Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2013

    Come see us at the annual
    Hawaii Book & Music Festival!

    Saturday, May 18 (10AM - 5PM)
    Sunday, May 19 (10AM - 6PM)
    Honolulu Hale Grounds

    This year, our booth has moved and we'll be right next to the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion, where all weekend long, authors and experts will talk about "Telling Lives" in a series of discussion panels centered on the theme of memoir and biography. Several of our own Watermark Publishing authors will be taking part on the panels, and if you're interested in publishing your own memoir, come talk to us about our new imprint, Legacy Isle Publishing!

    Our booth is located in the new "Hawaii Publishers Village" so you can shop not just our books, but the rest of the local publishers' as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity to score great deals, support the Island publishing industry and discover new books from local authors! We already said "great deals" but we just can't emphasize enough the fantastic bargains you'll find on books! (Scroll down to the end of this post for a special coupon offer from us.)

    Here's a look at which of our authors will be taking part in the Festival and where you can find them:

    2013SpeakersGov. Ben Cayetano
    BEN: A Memoir from Street Kid to Governor
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    “Kiss & Tell — The Naked Truth”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Makia Malo with Pamela Young & Jeff Gere
    My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa
    Sat., May 18 | 10AM
    Talk-Story and Reading
    ALANA Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

    Andrew Catanzariti, illustrator
    Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!
    Sat., May 18 | Noon
    Children’s Book Read-Aloud
    Illustrating Children’s Books Discussion
    Keiki Read-Aloud Pavilion

    Gail Miyasaki & Ted Tsukiyama (Hawaii Nikkei History Editorial Board)
    Japanese Eyes, American Heart — Vol. 2
    Voices from the Home Front in World War II Hawaii
    Sat., May 18 | 3PM
    “Living Memory — Honoring the Past”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    Tom Moffatt
    Showman of the Pacific: 50 Years of Radio & Rock Stars
    Sun., May 19 | 3PM
    “Perfect Pitch — Telling Musical Lives”
    Telling Lives Discussion Panel
    Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities Pavilion

    And, as promised, here's a special savings coupon for you! Bring it to our booth on Saturday, May 18, or Sunday, May 19, and we'll give you $10 off your $25 purchase. (Sorry, but the discount does not apply to purchases of our super bargain priced used books, and cannot be combined with other offers.)

    HBMF2013CouponCan't make it to the Festival? We're sad to hear we won't see you. But you can still get a 25% discount on our books by shopping online during the HBMF week (May 13 through 19). Free shipping on all orders over $25. Use coupon code HBMF13 at www.bookshawaii.net. (Excludes our used book selections.)

  • Makia Malo — Storyteller

    Storyteller and Kalaupapa resident Makia Malo had a busy week late last month, promoting the release of his memoir, My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa, co-written with veteran broadcast journalist Pamela Young.

    First, Makia and Pamela paid a visit to Pamela's home station, KITV, to talk with morning anchor Jill Kuramoto. Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos (see more at our photo album on Facebook) and watch the news clip here.

    Pamela gives Makia some words of encouragement before they go live on-air. Makia's given hundreds of storytelling presentations to the public, but he still was nervous!
    Jill Kuramoto, Makia Malo and Pamela Young.
    Makia gets a surprise visit from his grand-niece, Alyssa Malo.

    A real trooper, Makia got up early again (along with his wonderful friend and caregiver Sheldon, who drove Makia to all his events) to visit the Hawaii News Now station. This time, storyteller Jeff Gere accompanied Makia.

    Jeff and Makia talked to morning anchor Tannya Joaquin about the new book and the upcoming book signing event. Makia got a great surprise when his grand-niece, Alyssa, stopped in to say hello! Alyssa works for Hawaii News Now and said she looked up, saw the monitor and said, "That's my uncle!" She rushed over to the studio say hello. Makia is the last of her grandfather's siblings still living.

    See the rest of our photos at the full gallery on Facebook and watch the interview here.

    Makia Malo, center, with Jeff Gere and Tannya Joaquin.
    Pamela Young, Jeff Gere & Makia Malo at the Barnes & Noble book signing event.

    Makia's whirlwind of events culminated in the reading and book signing held at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, on September 29. Pamela Young and Jeff Gere read from My Name is Makia; Pamela read a portion of the introduction she wrote for the book, and Jeff read some of the stories Makia had invented, as well as some of the "memory vignettes" from the final section of the book.

    Dozens of people of all ages turned out to celebrate with Makia and get a copy of his memoir. Each copy was hand-stamped with Makia's signature (because of the damage Hansen's disease has wreaked on his hands, Makia has extreme difficulty holding a pen. We scanned a copy of his signature and made a large stamp so he could leave his imprint on each copy) and personalized by Pamela, who then added her own signature.

    Makia started by saying a few words of appreciation, and paying tribute to those friends and family he had at Kalaupapa who have passed on. Here's a short clip of Makia:


    Jeff reads from the final vignette of the book, called "Cemetery Gardens."


    A partial transcript of the excerpt Jeff reads from:

    There are gardens in the place called Kalaupapa. Gardens of headstones and wooden crosses, sculpted pieces and crypts that lie like pages of an open ledger, whose accounts have never been measured in assets, just liabilities. One life per headstone; one life per cross.

    Some of the gardens are clearly marked, enclosed by fences or the occasional low stone wall. There are many signs of those who were buried when the Homestead gave in to political expediency and the entire peninsula became both prison and haven for those with Hansen's disease. Then there are locations of earlier gardens overrun with thickets of Christmas berry, guava, and lantana. These were all but forgotten by the present-day folk. Awareness of them began only when cattle were being chased in and out of these hidden gardens, obvious signs of historic times.

    A few of the photos from the signing event (please see the rest in our Facebook photo album).

    Copies of "My Name is Makia" at Barnes & Noble.
    A friend whispers a special message in Makia's ear.
    A standing-room only crowd.
    After Makia stamped his name, Pamela personalized each copy for the recipient.
  • My Name is Makia: A Storyteller’s Tale of Life in Kalaupapa

    We are honored to present My Name is Makia: A Memoir of Kalaupapa by Makia Malo with Pamela Young, the second memoir from a Kalaupapa patient we have released, the first being Henry Nalaielua’s No Footprints in the Sand, published in 2006. We are humbled and honored to share their stories.

    Diagnosed with Hansen’s disease at the age of twelve, Makia Malo was exiled to the remote settlement of Kalaupapa on the rugged north coast of the Hawaiian Island of Moloka‘i. Malo lost his hands, his feet and his eyesight over the years, but never the vision or spirit that made him a celebrated Hawaiian storyteller and poet. My Name is Makia shares his inspiring story—of a child of Kalaupapa who grew up to become an award-winning writer, storyteller and instructor at the University of Hawai‘i.

    During its century as a virtual prison, more than 8,000 people were exiled to Kalaupapa, until the introduction of sulfone drugs in the 1940s.  Today a dwindling handful—fewer than 20—of patients remain. When his health allows, Malo numbers among them. Otherwise, he resides at Hale Mōhalu hospital in Honolulu.

    Few Kalaupapa patients have chosen to share their experiences in as public a manner as Malo, who has maintained a positive outlook despite the harsh realities of his life. “Yes, I wish my life had been different, but still it has been so much better than many of the [other] patients,” he points out.

    “I’d be grateful if people would remember all of us, the 8,000-plus who are dead and the handful of us hanging on… We lost so much. I hope in the future people learn from us. This is the lesson: No matter where you are, at what age, life can be hard. Life can take everything away from you in one snap of a finger and it doesn’t do you any good to sit there and whine about it. Take that cane and bang, bang your way around your problems. I have my memories. I have my stories.”

    My Name is Makia was crafted by veteran broadcast journalist Pamela Young from years of conversations with Malo combined with earlier attempts at documenting his life, written by himself and edited by his late wife, Ann. Woven throughout his narrative are transcriptions of many of the stories Malo has told to audiences around the world. Some are memories of his childhood. Others, as Young explains, “are myths, some are daydreams, with no beginning, end, or purpose.” She elaborates on the book’s genesis,

    “This book is the result of a  simple request Makia made [for a DVD copy of] a news special I produced, documenting thirty years of coverage in Kalaupapa, Belgium, and Rome…to give to his niece Noe ‘so I can leave her something after I go.’ I suggested she would be much happier with her uncle’s memoirs. And so began our weekly meetings at Hale Mōhalu hospital.”

    Please join us for a reading and book signing on Saturday, September 29 at Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, 1PM. Pamela and Makia's dear friend, storyteller Jeff Gere, will read from Makia's book. Makia and Pamela will sign books following the reading.

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