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  • Holiday Book Gift Guide 2014

    Need a little help with your holiday shopping this year? Well, first, let’s just say: Books make great gifts! (Especially for our keiki who could use a break from their screen time.)

    Here’s our gift checklist to give you a speedy way to cross at least a few folks off your list — and it’s all available on our newly redesigned online store for home delivery by Christmas! (Just be sure to place your order by December 18.)

    For the Perry & Price Posse Member

    Chances are good there’s at least one in your household—after all, this dynamic duo couldn’t have dominated Hawai‘i radio for more than three decades without their loyal listener posse. Perry on the Left, Price on the Right: Thirty Years with the Odd Couple of Island Radio, a brand-new large-format book, shares the behind-the-scenes stories of this unlikely pairing with of photos and KSSK memorabilia.

    $19.95, hardcover

    GET IT AUTOGRAPHED! Perry & Price will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, from 11AM – 1PM on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    For the Outdoors Enthusiast

    Experienced hikers probably know most of what’s contained in this fun, yet informative, handbook from lifelong outdoorsman (and award-winning musician!) Brother Noland, but they’ll still appreciate the whimsical line drawings and matter-of-fact approach. For those who have less experience, The Hawaiian Survival Handbook offers a crash-course in vital commonsense tips to take in before heading into the bush.

    $16.95, hardcover

    For the Aspiring Writer

    With the ‘ohana coming together for the holiday season, maybe now’s the time to get the best writer in the family motivated to chronicle your history! From nationally bestselling author Darien Gee (aka Mia King), Writing the Hawai‘i Memoir is a guide that goes beyond “how to” and gets you to completion through exercises and encouragement. Includes writing tips and inspiration from more than 20 of Hawai‘i’s best known writers, teachers, and storytellers.

    $14.95, softcover

    For the Keiki

    ‘Tis the season to give a gift that encourages your favorite child to use their imagination and appreciate our natural surroundings. In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! Wordsworth the Mouse’s best friend Emily has moved away, a new girl from Japan named Akiko is sitting in Emily’s chair at school and, worst of all, a bulldozer has invaded Wordsworth’s special koa grove where he thinks up new poems. What should Wordsworth do? Special gift set includes a tree-growing kit with three milo seeds (a type of tree in the hibiscus family, similar to hau, that came to Hawaii with the Polynesian settlers), a peat soil pod and instructions.

    $14.00, gift set including tree seeds and book

    $10.95, hardcover book alone

    For the Homesick Kama'aina

    Know someone who needs a taste of home? Send them this ‘ono gift pack with everything they’ll need to make their own SPAM® musubi (even directions on making them without a musubi mold!)—Jus’ Add Rice! Each set includes a copy of the award-winning From Kau Kau to Cuisine: An Island Cookbook, Then and Now by Arnold Hiura, featuring 60+ recipes from Chef Jason Takemura and KTA Super Stores’ Derek Kurisu; a Cane Haul Road dish towel, 8 packets of shoyu, a 10-sheet pack of nori and one can SPAM®.

    $45, complete gift set

    $29.95, hardcover book alone

  • 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.)

  • Wordsworth's Poe-TREE Contest Winners

    Happy Earth Day, everyone! We are celebrating by announcing the winners of the Wordsworth the Poet "Poe-TREE Contest!"

    In the Wordsworth Poe-TREE Contest, students were asked to write a poem celebrating their favorite tree, following the model of Wordsworth the Mouse and his friends in the book Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! The young mice in the story campaign to save the trees in their community by writing poems reminding all the neighbors about the special qualities of the trees around them.

    Poems were judged based on creativity, poetic merit and how well they conveyed what makes the trees special to the students. The six contest winners will receive a copies of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

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    K-5 Division Winners:

    Makayla Rose Molden (age 6, Kapolei, Mauka Lani Elementary), untitled

    The Mountain Apple tree is yummy to me.
    The fruit is up so high to knock it down is a game I try.
    I collect the fruit and make apple pie.

     

     

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    Eli Wolfe (age 5, Honolulu, University Laboratory School), “Banyan Tree”

    I like to climb the
    Banyan tree
    at Barwick.
    I can climb to
    the sky.
    You should try it too
    someday.
    It is so fun.

     

    Grade 6-8 Division:

    Cindy Tsou Cindy Tsou

    Min-Hua (Cindy) Tsou (age 11, Kapolei, Kapolei Middle School), “Red Maple Tree (Acer rubrum)”

    A bright, scarlet leaf blew by.
    A red lobed leaf fall and fly.
    It can be red, yellow and even green.
    Red maple trees makes a beautiful scene.
    It grows in the north, with it’s flower blooming back and forth.
    A red maple tree brings red, bright shines.
    A red maple is of course, very fine.

     

    Emerson Goo Emerson Goo

    Emerson Goo (age 12, Honolulu, Niu Valley Middle School), “Forest Guardians”

    Sentinels at watch
    Forest guardians holding
    Treasured memories

     

     

     

    Grade 9-12 Division:

    Sophie Corless Sophie Corless

    Sophie Corless (age 15, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “The Lemon Tree”

    The cool sticky air clings to me;
    my bare feet squelch in the grass
    just after the rain shower.
    The lemon tree stands in the back corner
    towering over the garden, and has a prevailing presence.
    Under the tree lies my step ladder,
    with my initials carved in the leg.
    The wicker basket dangles
    on a tiny branch at my height.
    I have my technique down,
    twist and snap over and over again.
    Even the bees and ants are fixated on my movements,
    their fragile wings and tiny legs
    seem to stop to observe.
    Little droplets collect in the pores of the rind,
    making my hand cool,
    droplets of lemon juice ooze through the pores
    and run down my hand to my wrist and to my elbow,
    stopping and then dripping off.
    By the end I am covered in a mixture of rain and lemon,
    dried and sticky.
    With every lemon I snap off,
    the branch snaps back and sprinkles me with rain.
    I swear I hear my sweltering forehead
    sizzle against the cool droplets.
    In the kitchen I squeeze every last lemon,
    popping the juice into the pitcher with the yellow flowers,
    along with a fistful of sugar and a splash of water.
    I crack the ice tray in half, scooping out the cubes.
    The first sip makes my face contort
    into an uncomfortable position,
    one you can’t avoid,
    but the last is always the sweetest.

    ZoeEdelmanBrier Zoe Edelman Brier

    Zoe Edelman Brier (age 18, Allendale, New Jersey, Northern Highlands Regional High School), “Veins of Color”

    I remember maple Leaf picking
    with my father before the bus
    came to ship me off
    to a grey school building
    with a grey blacktop
    and grey windows.
    The colors of the Leaves
    were brighter than anything
    I’d ever seen, standing out
    against the blah of morning.
    even through fog,
    the Leaves shown like bright beacons
    of change and hope for the future.
    the Leaves would vein and crinkle
    in red and orange and yellow,
    mixing in a thin canvas.
    My father would sit me on his shoulders
    and have me reach the highest branch
    possible to get the best Leaf
    to press in a book that I still have
    12 years later, the colors frozen in time,
    unbrowned and delicate, red stains
    clashing with the dark green of Leaf.

    Congratulations to all our winners! Go give your favorite tree a hug!

  • Wordsworth the Poet’s Poe-TREE Contest

    Frances H. Kakugawa, author of the Wordsworth the Poet children’s books, and Watermark Publishing announce the Wordsworth the Poet “Poe-TREE Contest,” open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. (Contest rules follow.)

    In Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! — the newest Wordsworth the Poet adventure released this month — a bulldozer has invaded the little mouse’s special koa grove where he often writes his poems. What should Wordsworth do? His new friend, Akiko, has an idea! Wordsworth, Akiko and their friends, Dylan and Eliot, have all written poems about the special qualities of the trees they see around them — mango trees, coconut trees, kukui trees. Akiko tacks poems to each tree and reminds their neighbors of how important a part of their community the trees really are.

    To enter the Wordsworth the Poet Poe-TREE Contest, kids can follow Wordsworth and his friends’ example and write a poem that celebrates their favorite tree. For an example, see Akiko and Eliot's "Save This Tree" poems (above and below; click on the images to enlarge).

    Six prize packages will be awarded, two per grade division (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). Each prize package includes a copy of each of the three books in the Wordsworth series, a child’s gardening tool kit and a Koa Legacy Tree from the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, donated by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

    Send entries ATTN: Wordsworth’s Poe-TREE Contest to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or to Watermark Publishing, 1088 Bishop St., Ste. 310, Honolulu, HI 96813. Download an entry form here.

    Contest Rules:

    • The contest is open to all children kindergarten through 12th grade residing in the United States.
    • Each entry must include the child’s name, age and grade, school, hometown and parent, guardian or teacher’s contact information and signature. Download an entry form here.
    • Poem must be about the entrant's favorite tree.
    • Winning poems will be selected by the judges, including Frances Kakugawa, based on creativity and poetic merit.
    • Materials submitted will not be returned.
    • Entries must be received by January 15, 2013 DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 1, 2013.
    • Winners will be notified February 1, 2013 April 15, 2013. Winners may be asked to submit a photo of themselves for publicity purposes. Winners' name, hometown and likeness may be used for publicity purposes.

    For those who are ineligible to enter the Poe-TREE Contest, or who aren’t inclined to write poetry, Frances and Wordsworth have another way to celebrate trees: They invite readers far and wide to plant trees in their own communities. “It’s not only about trees being cut down where we live,” Frances writes in the introduction to Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer! “Our children and their children must have trees in their future to hug and enjoy and sit under in the shade. Trees also help keep us alive and healthy.”

    Frances has created Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society to recognize readers of all ages who plant a tree in Wordsworth’s honor. To receive a membership certificate in the Plant A Tree Society, readers must plant a tree for Wordsworth in their community (in the backyard or at school, for example) and post a photo of themselves with their tree on Wordsworth’s Facebook page. Photo submissions should indicate the variety of the tree and where it was planted. Submissions may also be e-mailed to wordsworth@bookshawaii.net or mailed to Watermark Publishing. Photos will not be returned and will be posted online.

    We understand that not everyone can plant a tree in their own backyard, so we have teamed up with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to offer a solution: A program to plant Wordsworth Legacy Koa Trees on Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ 1,000 acres of conservation land on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Groups or individuals may sponsor a Wordsworth Legacy Tree for $60. The purchase also includes a copy of Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozer!, a certificate bearing the GPS coordinates of the planted tree, and automatic membership in Wordsworth’s Plant A Tree Society. Additionally, $10 of the sponsorship fee will be directed to a fund dedicated to providing Legacy Trees for underprivileged children. Wordsworth Legacy Trees may be purchased at http://legacytrees.org/watermarkpublishing.

    We are very excited to work with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative to help return native growth to the Hamakua Coast! The land set aside by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods for this conservation program once belonged to King Kamehameha I, and some original koa trees still remain on the property. HLH uses seeds from these ancient Hawaiian trees to grow the Legacy Trees. Each tree is implanted with an RFID chip which transmits information on the tree's growth, as well as identifying it as the sponsor's tree. What an amazing project!

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