Each month Kona Stories hosts an event with local and traveling authors. This event happens the First Tuesday evening of the month starting at 6 PM. Authors are available to talk story while you are getting your plate of appetizers and glass of complimentary wine. Authors then give a 15 minute talk about their book and themselves, the writing and publishing process or a short reading from the book. After all the authors presentations there is a time for individual questions and book signings with the authors. Expect 2 - 3 authors to attend each month and the evening to wrap up around 8 PM. Dress is Aloha casual wear.
Dr. Sandra Bonura lives in Southern California and teaches in higher education. She is deeply interested in education, history and Hawaiʻi; when they merge, there is instant engagement. Her 4 published works based on primary sources are, Light in The Queen's Garden: Ida May Pope, Pioneer for Hawai'i's Daughters 2017 by the University of Hawaiʻi Press, "Queen Lili'uokalani's Beloved Kawaiaha'o Seminary", 2017 The Hawaiian Journal of History (volume 51), "Lydia K. Aholo—Her Story, Recovering the Lost Voice" 2013 issue of The Hawaiian Journal of History (volume 47) and An American Girl in the Hawaiian Islands: The Letters of Carrie Prudence Winter (1890-1893), 2012 by the University of Hawaiʻi Press. She is a frequent storyteller and lecturer on the importance of using a multitude of primary sources to gain perspectives on historical events. To that end, she provided a unique viewpoint in a documentary about Queen Lili`uokalani and her involvement in the education of Hawaiian children in the 19th century.
Light in the Queen's Garden: Ida May Pope, Pioneer for Hawai'i's Daughters, 1862–1914 is an historical account of a woman from the heartland of America who landed in the Kingdom of Hawai`i at the end of the 19th century. When young Oberlin graduate, Ida Pope accepted a "temporary" teaching job in a boarding school for Hawaiian girls, founded by American missionaries and led by Queen Lili'uokalani, she couldn't have imagined it would become a lifelong career of service to Hawaiian women. Nor could she have envisioned she would become closely involved in the greatest political turmoil the Hawaiians had ever experienced.
Newly discovered primary sources are used to flesh out and enliven the historical account of the 1893 Hawaiian Revolution that happened literally outside the school's windows. A day-by-day accounting of the events surrounding the coup d'état through the eyes of Pope's young pupils is offered for the first time. Lili'uokalani's adopted daughter's long-lost oral history recording, many of Pope's teaching contemporaries' unpublished diaries, letters, scrapbooks and photos tell a story that has never been told before.
Towering royal personages in Hawai`i's history, King Kalākaua, Queen Lili`uokalani, Princess Ka`iulani and others, appear as Pope sheltered Hawai`i's daughters through the frightening and turbulent end of their sovereign nation. Pope was present during the life celebrations of the king, and then his sad death rituals. She then had the extraordinary opportunity to travel with the queen on her controversial trip to Kalaupapa's "Leper Colony" to visit Saint Marianne Cope and afflicted pupils.
Pope became a source of inspiration for Hawai`i's educational leaders and with the endorsement of Lili`uokalani and Charles Bishop, established the Kamehameha School for Girls in 1894 funded by the estate of Princess Pauahi Bishop, the last of the royal Kamehameha line. Pope furthered her own education with courses at the University of Chicago. Inspired by John Dewey and others, she shaped and reshaped Kamehameha's curriculum through a process of conflict and compromise. Fired up by the era's doctrine of social and vocational relevance, she adapted the curriculum to prepare her students for entry into meaningful careers. Lili`uokalani's daughter, Lydia Kaʻonohiponiponiokalani Aholo, was placed in the school and Pope played a significant role in mothering and shaping her future, especially during the years the queen was fighting to restore her kingdom.
As Hawai`i moved into the 20th century under a new flag, Ida tenaciously confronted the effects of industrialization, the growing concentration of outside economic power and worked tirelessly to attain social reforms to give Hawaiian women their rightful place in society. But, the male-dominated society and their Victorian view of the female role sought to thwart her efforts. Undaunted, Pope, the pragmatic activist, achieved on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, what other extraordinary women like Jane Addams, Ida Tarbell and Lillian Wald did concurrently in her homeland.
Acclaimed and internationally known author, Robert Frutos, will be sharing a taste of his many successful books, with a focus on his Big Island guide books. Robert has written on a wide range of subjects based on his in-depth knowledge and experiences of the Big Island.
Robert’s guide book titles include: Hawai’i: The Best Day Hikes on the Big Island, Day Hikes in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i: The Best Beaches on the Big Island, Hawai’i the Most Beautiful Places to Visit on the Big Island, A Photographers Guide to the Big Island, A Photographers Guide to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and Sacred Sites of the Big Island.
Happiness is a Choice: The Art of Soulful living, Robert’s new book affords opportunity and time-proven techniques towards creating and bringing more and more real and lasting joy into your life. He will share through insight and practices… how to be happy, how to allow happiness to increasingly become a part of your everyday reality… then to expand that happiness by sharing it with others.
Robert’s first book, Photographing Nature in Hawai'i, Capturing the Beauty and Spirit of the Islands was published in 2004 by Island Heritage Publishing. Since then he has written over twenty books.
Robert has created a unique body of work woven together from a broad spectrum of training and varied experience - a spiritual educator, an avid explorer and hiker, counselor, professional nature photographer, kahu (minister), teacher, presenter, and healing practitioner.
He offers a class entitled Self-Publishing Made Easy, is the founder of the longest running Photo Tour Service in the state - Hawaii Photo Tours, as well as serving as a professional hiking and sacred site guide.
His accomplishments provide some insight into his passion, enthusiasm, and creativity. Robert is a gifted teacher/speaker with a unique ability to easily share and communicate. He brings the same passion – into sharing the Spirit of Aloha, and the beauty, wonder and magnificence of the Hawaiian Islands.
Michael Foley lives in Hawi at the 1100 foot level gardening and counting chickens. He’s been writing poetry since the day he kissed Pauline O’Brien in the playground. That shock to the system impelled the poet west from England to Indiana, to Oregon, and finally, Hawai’i, over a span of 60 years. Along the way, he worked 20 years backstage in London’s West End theatres, and another 15 years in American schools as a teacher of English. His work has appeared in Encyclopedia Britannica’s Extension Service, JM Dent Everyman Encyclopedia, Sightlines Journal of British Theatre Technicians, Resurgence magazine, Methuen’s Anthology of Theatre Verse and small press publications such as Trillium, Lookout and Fireweed. His work is collected in Watching the Egg Dance in the Pan and most recently, Hair of the Barista. A second chapbook of ten poems written in Malaga titled Beauty It Turns Out is set for publication later this year, as is a larger collection of poems set in Hawaiʻi, Last Night the Rain Came In. Tales From the Wings, a memoir from his year as a stagehand in Stratford-Upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, continues to be a work in progress. He is a member of Na Kupuna O Kohala hula halau.
In small town coffee shops and long walks in rural Hawaiʻi, Hair of the Barista, acknowledge the person behind the counter and finds meaning in everyday life. The author sets out to bridge the seen and the unseen around the old sugar plantation towns he calls home, where the questions and conflicts of self, other, and the world of headlines demand attention in the midst of beauty. This book sings in conversational tones to the power of the ordinary.
Alice Barnes has never been smug about her battle against injustice. Nor does she feel she's unusual in the manner in which she has tried to help others.
"I feel inspired by the many young, dedicated activists whom I have met and worked with," she says. "They say that I inspire them, but I believe we inspire each other. There is this network, an organization of people who energize and help each other.
"We all have our priorities. Some have their anti-nuclear priority, some have their peace priority, some environmental, some solar energy, some politics. Each and all of them lead to the idea that there should be bread and justice for all. We are people working together for a future that works for all of us."
Alice Barnes: American Activist, a book first published in 1982 to celebrate Alice’s 75th birthday, has recently been reprinted. This reissued, revised volume is of special interest to individuals and organizations that value social justice, as Alice did.
She worked with advocates for farm workers, women, Native Americans, domestic workers, janitors, and Hmong immigrants. She also opposed nuclear power and military buildup.
Between the ages of 67 to 87, she participated in countless demonstrations and marches.
Alice served as a revered mentor and inspiration for the rest of her life.
In her 96 years she was a significant model for how much of a difference a single person’s commitment can make. A recipient of numerous forms of recognition, she was inducted in 2003 into the Women’s Hall of Fame of San Diego’s Women’s Museum of California.
Here to present her book and speak about her amazing life is her daughter Peggy Barnes Budd.