Hawai‘i author and popular “Fishing Tales” TV host Mike Sakamoto passed away on January 14 in Honolulu.
Epeli Hau‘ofa, one of the Pacific’s most influential writers, passed away in Suva, Fiji, on January 11.
Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai‘i, Jon Van Dyke’s history of ceded lands following the 1846–1848 Mahele, is one of the “Most Memorable Books of 2008,” according to the Honolulu Advertiser’s Christine Thomas:
“In support of his assertion that ‘Crown Lands should once again be managed by and for the Native Hawaiian People,’ Van Dyke details their intricate history and legal status, laying a remarkably clear and completely captivating path of understanding. He effortlessly navigates such complex intersections as Hawaiian concepts of land tenure and smartly steers past such disputes as the role of ali’i in a new Hawaiian Nation to elucidate and persuasively affirm the Crown Lands’ unique status so they can be more effectively restored to their intended purpose and beneficiaries.”
In an all-too-brief life and literary career, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake produced a substantial body of poetry. He broke new ground as a poet, translated Taoist classical literature and Japanese haiku, interwove perspectives from his Hawaiian heritage into his writing and art, and published his work locally, regionally, and internationally. Westlake: Poems by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947–1984) includes nearly two hundred of Westlake’s poems—most unavailable to the public or never before published.
“The poems run the whole gamut of emotions . . . and do so with immaculate and measured control of language and imagery . . . [T]his one collection, in my reckoning, establishes Westlake as one of Hawai‘i and the Pacific’s major poets.” —Albert Wendt
Talanoa: Contemporary Pacific Literature
January 2009 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3067-0 / $17.95 (PAPER)
Distinguished China scholar and author John DeFrancis passed away on January 2 in Honolulu.