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As if Oahu visitors and residents didn’t have enough family-friendly activities to choose from over this weekend, the Hawaii Book & Music is taking place May 2-3 at the Frank Fasi Civic Grounds in historic downtown Honolulu. Admission is free, and so is parking.
Now in its tenth year, the Hawaii Book & Music Festival is a massive undertaking. It will feature more than 150 different musical performances, book readings, storytellers, hula performances, panel discussions, and children’s activities. This in addition to numerous food vendors (nine in all), bounce-houses, and tents operated by a variety of Hawaii publishes, the University of Hawaii Press and the esteemed Bamboo Ridge Press included.
Dozens of authors will be on hand for readings during the festival. The Future of Hawaiian History is a notable panel discussion to include highly respected native Hawaiian scholars like the University of Hawaii’s Jon Osorio.
Six different performance/discussion stages include the Main Stage, where Hawaii musical and hula luminaries will perform. Among them are Brother Noland, Herb Ohta, Jr., and the Carmen Haugen Quartet. There will also be two Author’s Pavilions, the Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion, and a Keiki Stage where entertainers and storytellers captivate young ones with sing-alongs and group activities.
The Hawaii Book & Music Festival is designed to be a completely interactive experience for kids and grownups alike. The festival even has its own free app, with a map of the festival grounds, and lots of detailed information about authors, performers, lecturers, and vendors. It also includes a schedule of performances, readings, and panel discussions for each of the multiple stages.
In addition to promoting literacy and encouraging interest in Hawaii authors and poets, the Hawaii Book & Music Festival celebrates Hawaii’s literary culture, past and present. The festival is a perfect event for anyone interested in Hawaii’s history, and its continuing struggle to maintain a viable and sustainable social, economic, and environmental narrative.
Thousands of Oahu families are expected to attend, and visitors wanting to experience Hawaii beyond the postcard have a great opportunity to do just that at the 2015 Hawaii Book & Music Festival. Formore information about the festival, visit www.hawaiibookandmusicfestival.com.