New Hawai‘i Titles Now Available in our Store!

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Hawai‘i’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things!
Marion CosteIllustrated by Rena Elmanis
48 pages | illustrated | A Latitude 20 Book
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3962-8 | $14.99

Hawaiian Plant LifeVegetation and Flora
Robert J. Gustafson, Derral R. Herbst, and Philip W. Rundel
336 pages | 870 illustrations
Cloth | 978-0-8248-3710-5 | $65.00

North Shore Place NamesKahuku to Kaena
John R. K. Clark

344 pages | 17 illustrations | A Latitude 20 Book
Paper | 978-0-8248-3930-7 | $25.00

Secrets of Diamond HeadA History and Trail Guide
Denby Fawcett
116 pages, 107 illustrations | Distributed for Denby Fawcett
Paper | 978-0-615-88129-4 | $20.00

Līhu‘eRoot and Branch of a Hawai‘i Town
Pat L. Griffin
384 pages | 322 black & white illustrations | Distributed for the Kauai Historical Society
Cloth | 978-0-9703293-9-4 | $35.00

Spring Talks by Hawai‘i Authors

Wahine VolleyballThursday, March 19, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
UH women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji and coauthor Ann Miller share the backstory of their collaboration on Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team, at Kuykendall 410, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Their talk is part of the Brown Bag Biography series sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research. UH Mānoa Bookstore will have books available for purchase and signing at the talk. For more information, click here for the event flyer. [Apologies for the late timing of this announcement.]
If you missed it earlier, read the terrific HONOLULU Magazine feature that ran in the November 2014 issue.
North Shore Place Names
Thursday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Author John R. K. Clark presents an illustrated lecture on the fascinating stories and historical nuggets from his newest book, North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka‘ena. The free event is sponsored by the Hawaiian Historical Society but will take place at Kapi’olani Community College cafeteria (Hale ‘Ōhi’a). For details, including parking instructions, see the HHS description.
The March issue of Ka Wai Ola published an insightful story on how Clark researched his book using OHA’s Papakilo database of Hawaiian-language newspapers from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries.
Call Me CaptainSaturday, March 21, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
“Ocean Watch” columnist Susan Scott will be at the Ko‘olau Writers Workshop to conduct one of the sessions on creative nonfiction. She recently returned from a successful West Coast speaking tour for her newest book, Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea.
If it’s too late to register for the workshop, check out the Sunday feature (this version ran later in the Mercury News) that resulted from her tour—it appeared not only in California but re-ran in dailies in Pennsylvania.

Holiday Group Signing with Award-winning UH Press Authors

In the spirit of saving the best for last—yet in time for holiday shopping—on Saturday, December 20, 2 to 5 p.m., a trio of notable Hawai‘i authors, each of whom have a new release this fall, will appear in a group signing at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i.

The three participants are all seasoned authors, each having previously published multiple titles with UH Press:

ClarkCOVER2.inddJohn R. K. Clark will sign North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Ka‘ena (paperback, $25.00). In his ninth book, Clark takes the reader on a historical tour of the North Shore of O‘ahu and uncovers the everyday lives of the residents, especially prior to the plantation era. An enormous number of references to specific North Shore locations are presented in an easy-to-use dictionary-style format, which includes original passages in Hawaiian with English translations by Keao NeSmith.

Marion Coste will sign Hawai‘i’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things! (ages 8Coste-HawaiisAnimalsDoAmazing and up; hardback, $14.99). Hawai‘i is home to a fascinating array of animals, most of which are found nowhere else in the world. In her fifth book with UH Press, Coste provides factual information on many of these native birds, marine life, insects, and other native animals that have developed unusual adaptations to help them survive. The colorful book is illustrated by Kona resident Rena Ekmanis.

ScottCOVER20b.inddSusan Scott will sign Call Me Captain: A Memoir of a Woman at Sea (paperback, $19.99). In a departure from her previous natural science titles, Scott’s latest is a personal account of her mid-life crisis when she was challenged by life’s transition and a failing marriage. With a mix of candor, humor, and wit, she navigates through her period of being “menopausally nuts” and her decision to sail to Palmyra Atoll—without her husband—and emerges with both a stronger sense of self and a strengthened relationship.

Everyone is invited to come by to meet these authors at a table just outside the store entrance. Books will be sold inside the shop for customers to have signed by the authors at the outside table. This is a great chance to wrap up your holiday shopping in one place!

Accolades for Chef Kusuma Cooray’s Ocean to Plate Fish Cookbook

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In the Winter 2015 issue of Foreword Reviews magazine, Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai‘i’s Kusuma Cooray is highlighted as one of its Top Ten Picks from university presses. The book is cited for its “astounding array of Pan Pacific herbs and spices that culminate in two hundred flavor-forward dishes, none of which veer toward tricky kitchen-science projects.”

Kusuma Cooray (seated) is joined by UH Press editorial associate Emma Ching, designer Mardee Melton, and promotion manager Carol Abe at the memorable launch of Ocean to Plate.

The recognition coincided with the VIP book launch last month at Kapi‘olani Community College’s Ka ‘Ikena Laua‘e dining room, where Chef Cooray’s recipes were skillfully prepared and served by students in the KCC Culinary Arts Program.

“The diagrams of fish anatomy, the introductory material, and glossaries alone are worth the price of the book. This is a feast for all who want to add more fish to their home menus but aren’t sure how.”— Wanda A. Adams, writer, cookbook author, and editor of the award-winning seafood guide, A Splash of Aloha

Download the recipe for Bigeye Tuna Steaks with Pearl Onions and Cashews shown on the book cover.


Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai’i’s Kusuma Cooray
by Kusuma Cooray
November 2014 | 368 pages
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-3890-4 | $29.99

UH Coach Dave Shoji to Sign Wahine Volleyball at Bookstore Launch Events

Shoji-coverIn Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team, Dave Shoji, legendary coach for the University of Hawai‘i women’s volleyball program looks back at four decades to tell his story along with that of the Rainbow Wahine. With the assistance of longtime sports-beat writer Ann Miller, Hawai‘i’s winningest coach provides an exclusive look at the state’s perennially successful athletic team.

Coach Shoji and Ann Miller will appear at book-signings scheduled for mid-November:
Wednesday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa Bookstore (See the bookstore’s Facebook for their special offer)
Saturday, November 15, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center
UPDATE 11/10/14: Third signing added:
Friday, November 28, approximate time 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., following the match against UC-Riverside, on the concourse near Gate B and the UH Athletics’ H-Zone shop at the Stan Sheriff ticket office. Books will also be for sale at the H-Zone Ward Center shop.

In the coming weeks, books will become available at other retailers as well as the above and directly from UH Press.

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Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team
Dave Shoji with Ann Miller
November 2014 | 240 pages plus 8-page color insert
Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-5141-5 | $45.00 (wishlist)
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5142-2 | $19.99