Hawaii Book and Music Festival an all-star, must attend event

Renowned authors and entertainers around the world gather for the upcoming Hawaii festival. Photo: The Hawaii Book and Music Festival is scheduled for May 18-19 at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds.

HONOLULU, May 11, 2013 — If you live on Oahu or are looking for a last minute getaway to the Hawaiian Islands on the weekend of May 18 and 19, make it a point to visit the 8th Hawaii Book and Music Festival at the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center for an incredible cultural experience.

Presented by Bank of Hawaii, the annual book and music festival brings more than five hundred of the world’s most unique voices and talents together in the sunny paradise of Oahu. Numerous national personalities will be in attendance, including bestselling authors Susanna Moore, John Ritter, Jane Porter, Alan Brennert, Waimea Williams, Charley Memminger, Mike Bond, and even the sister of the President, Maya Soetoro-Ng.

Hawaiian authors and upcoming local writers to attend include Chris McKinney, John Berger, Bob Jones, Sanford Low, and many more. Big Island writer Tom Peek is also among the festival’s featured authors and will be presenting his book Daughters of Fire.

Music and entertainment at the event includes special performances by distinguished author and mezzosoprano Laurie Rubin, The Royal Hawaiian Band, The Carmen Haugen Quartet, Henry Allen, Kupaoa, Starr Kalahiki, and Amy Hanaiali’i with Jeff Peterson.

Over the course of the two-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on some 28 discussion panels, meet with national and local leaders, swap used books, and enjoy a diverse culinary experience.

“This festival reflects the diversity of our island culture,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in an official city message. “Where else can you enjoy mezzosoprano Laurie Gale Rubin, the PBS KIDS characters and a song writing competition together with Hawaii’s best authors, poets and playwrights?”

The event begins on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues on Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free to the public and free parking is available at the nearby municipal parking garage.

More information about the Hawaii Book and Music Festival is available online and also by downloading the official event app from the Google Play store. For a map of the event and its activities, click here.

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