Kona Stories is an independent bookstore located on Hawaii Island 

Serving the Hawaiian Islands since 2006

Located in the Historical Keauhou Shopping Center

Established in 2006 by Brenda McConnell and Joy Vogelgesang, Kona Stories features all genres of books.  Find the latest hard cover, best seller or an old classic, this bookstore is fully stocked with 10,000 titles.  They specialize in Hawaiiana, children's books and educational toys, whimsical locally made gifts and 32 lines of greeting cards.  Kona Stories offers a unique consignment program for local, self-published writers who need an opportunity to market their work. Kona Stories is also an elite dealer for Woodstock Chimes.

Author of the Week: Marya Schwabe

Road to Freedom: A Journey from Occupied Tibet, could be the latest fictional thriller, full of political intrigue, realistic characters and nail-biting adventures. But the truth is, it is a real story told in divinely-written and intimate detail of the author’s personal journey, endorsed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama himself.

Author Marya Waifoon Schwabe and her husband, Michael “Miguel” Schwabe, were the perfectly qualified emissaries to undertake a ten-year sacred mission across the world to locate the reincarnation of their beloved teacher, Nechung Rinpoche and escort him out of Chinese-occupied Tibet to safety and tutelage in Dharamsala, India, and eventual continuation of the teachings of his predecessor at a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Hawai‘i. He was but eight-years old at the time.

Nechung Rinpoche had passed away suddenly in 1983. He was the reincarnate lama of Nechung Monastery in Tibet and India, the institution that houses the Chief State Oracle of Tibet.

Wood Valley Temple on the Island of Hawai’i, also known as Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling was founded by him. The author and her husband serve as resident managers and caretakers for the temple. From 1975 to 1983, they lived and worked closely there with Rinpoche, immersing themselves in Buddhism and learning spoken and classical Tibetan from him. During and since that time, they have organized visits and teaching programs for more than fifty lamas, including two visits by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while continuing to travel extensively and study throughout Asia.

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Road to Freedom - A Journey from Occupied Tibet: The True Story of the Search, Discovery, and Escape of a Reincarnate Lama Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643883984
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Luminare Press - November 25th, 2020

This is their story. Road to Freedom: A Journey from Occupied Tibet—newly published in 2020, with a Foreword by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama—is receiving positive reviews:

“These are some of the words that were coming to my mind while I was reading: captivating, completely engrossing, richness, compelling, wonderful flow, amazing story, WOW, poetic imagery, this is VERY good, very suspenseful. As a layperson I found the narrative of this odyssey spellbinding from the first paragraph to the last sentence. I can only imagine how powerfully significant it will be for those with a greater knowledge and understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and lineage.”  – Ngaire

 “What a great book and such an amazing story!! There haven’t been many books where I started reading the first page and didn’t put it down until I finished the last page. This was one of them! There were times when I got lost in reading and forgot that these were actual events and not something out of the latest fiction bestseller.” – Aaron

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