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Words and Wine StaffEach 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.

March Authors are:

Holly Rudin-Braschi - Music Instructor and Author

A veteran music instructor, Holly is the author of Holly's Ukulele Method.  Known for the enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive energy that she brings to her teaching, Holly has taken the mystery out of reading music for hundreds of students that she has taught privately and through group lessons at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma School of Music, her home studio and, master classes at venues like the Lark in the Morning Music Camp in Mendocino, CA. She holds a B.A. in musicology and languages from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

Ukulele MethodHolly began her music studies with guitar at age seven and voice at age thirteen. Early in her career, Holly received scholarships for three consecutive years at the Tanglewood Festival of the Arts in Lenox, MA where she studied with celebrated soprano Phyllis Curtin and sang in the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under the baton of Seigi Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, and many other renowned conductors. Other scholarships include study with Tito Gobbi (a contemporary of Maria Callas) in Florence, Italy, and apprenticeships at the Colorado Opera Festival, in Colorado Springs, CO and the Banff Festival of the Arts in Banff, Canada. She also holds a German certification from Middlebury College in Vermont and speaks Italian, French, as well as basic Norwegian and Greek.

Holly resides in Honolulu, Hawai’i where she offers private and group ukulele, guitar and piano lessons at her studio and via Skype.


Nancy Bo Flood’s books include the award-winning Warriors in the Crossfire and Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo.  Nancy has lived and worked as a teacher, counselor, researcher and writer in settings as diverse as Malawi, Hawaii, Japan, Saipan, Samoa and most recently the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

Water runs through this bookHer recent book Water Runs Through This Book is a multigenre exploration of one of life’s most essential ingredients: water.  Nancy presents insights into the essential nature of water in many of its myriad aspects, ranging from how water sustains life to how tears aid in healing, the use of water in sacred traditions, and water as a key agricultural and industrial resource.  Her test is as compelling and multifaceted as water itself, winding together lyrical prose, thought-provoking factual information, cogent conservation arguments and poetry.  The package is further brought to vivid life through the immediacy of images by award-winning photographer Jan Sonnenmair.

soldier sister fly homeFor the 10yr old and up check out Soldier Sister, Fly Home.  Half-Navajo, half-white sisters Tess and Gaby are separated when Gaby drops out of college to join the army. Now as Gaby is deployed to Iraq, she asks Tess to care for Blue, the spirited horse that Tess dislikes. Tess struggles with her identity and with missing her sister, and she decides to spend the summer with her grandmother at sheep camp where tragedy strikes.

Cover art by Shonto Begay, a Junior Library Guild selection, 2016; starred review in Publisher's Weekly and Scholastic Book Club selection.  Winner of the Colorado Author's League Best Juvenile Fiction Finalist for Colorado's Book of the Year, Juvenile Fiction.


Kate LindmanKate Lindman is the newly published author of Chips, HoHos, and Murder. For her book, Kate drew on her experiences of owning a bed and breakfast, extensive travels and advocacy for persons with disabilities. Kate likes to cook creatively, particularly breakfasts for her guests.

Born in Wisconsin, Kate was a peace corps volunteer in Senegal and lived and traveled in the U.S., Thailand, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world. She received a BA in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and did graduate work at Antioch College. While in college, Kate took multiple creative writing classes and published poetry, including one in French. So began her dream of one day writing a book. Kate has lived in Hawaii since 2001.

Kate describes her writing as a sometimes arduous but mostly fun journey. She is currently working on book 2 of the Alice series.

Book CoverAlice K Lambert inherited a fortune from her second husband who tragically died in a suspicious car accident. With her new-found wealth, Alice opened Lambert House, a large and lavish ADA-certified bed and breakfast on Maui near Pa`ia. She is a fabulous cook and baker, serving exquisite gourmet breakfasts. Alice also enjoys good champagne in the morning, surfing, diving, traveling and advocating for persons with disabilities.

Most of her guests are friendly and eager to explore the diversity of Maui. However, one day, nasty Thelma and gentle Elmer Ford arrive from Reno with Thelma immediately announcing that Elmer has the brain of an eight-year-old. He had suffered a stroke and brain injury while on the job as a firefighter. Thelma is a very angry woman, taking out most of her frustrations on Elmer, even cutting him off from his close family and friends.

Within two days, Thelma has insulted and berated the other B&B guests, staff and most everyone she met on Maui. After an unpleasant zip line tour, Thelma spent the evening in her room, gorging on chips and HoHos.

That was her last known activity. It took two days to find her body at the site of a new hot tub. Thelma was murdered and everyone is a suspect.



Event date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
78-6831 Alii Drive
Suite 142
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
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Holly's Ukulele Method: Includes 86 Mp3s of All Exercises and Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996441124
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Published: Uke Dawg Productions - September 22nd, 2015

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Water Runs Through This Book Cover Image
By Nancy Bo Flood, Jan Sonnenmair (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781936218134
Availability: Special Order
Published: Fulcrum Publishing - August 25th, 2015

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Soldier Sister, Fly Home Cover Image
By Nancy Bo Flood, Shonto Begay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897020
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 23rd, 2016

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Chips, Hohos, and Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640271739
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Published: Page Publishing, Inc. - August 16th, 2017

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