This Sunday, June 13, I recommend visiting Na Mea Hawai’i: Native Books to hear a talk and readings from the 2010 Ka Palapala Po’okela Award-winning book Talking Hawaii’s Story.

I found the thirty narratives included in this book to reveal diverse experiences, values, and feelings of men and women born between 1900-1930, in turn illuminating not only their lives, but their parents’ and grandparents’ and,  through that lens, prominent events in territorial and state history. 
Many of the people in the collection have since passed, but Talking Hawai’i’s Story preserves their life portraits and allows their wisdom to live on, while resurrecting past lessons that remain relevant today

Read more of my November 2009 review here

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