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Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mission Houses Museum last week to support the launch of Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New

We had a great turnout in the courtyard just off the bookstore, with about 60 people enjoying short excerpts of myths with a modern twist, even with heavy competition across the street in the form of the luminous Santa and Mrs. Claus and snowmen.

Photos by the lovely Dawn Sakamoto


Christopher Kelsey read from his story, Rock of Ages, stemming from the myth of removing lava rocks from the volcano.

Christopher Kelsey

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl read from Ao ‘Aumākua, the myth of Hiku and Kawelu spun from a new perspective. 

And J. Freen’s reading from If You GoogleEarth 1118 Bishop Street, a modern rendering of the myth of O‘ahu Nui the Cannibal King, elicited many hearty laughs.

Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
J. Freen

I was very happy to have so many contributors in the same place: Gary Pak, Robert Barclay, J. Arthur Rath III, Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Puakea Nogelmeier, and Andy Catanzariti who designed the amazing book cover. I’m looking forward to future events where more contributors will gather and read.

In the works: a talk-story at Na Mea Hawai‘i Native Books, signings on Hawai‘i Island and Maui. If you’d like a copy of the book head to the Watermark website. A portion of sales will be donated to support Awaiaulu.

L to R: Gary Pak, Puakea Nogelmeier, Andy Catanzariti, Christopher Kelsey, Robert Barclay, J. Freen, Christine Thomas, J. Arthur Rath III, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Marion Lyman-Mersereau