The Kaua'i Made Products seal is awarded to products unique to Kaua'i, using Kaua'i products and made on the island. These books are written by a Kaua'i resident, Bill Fernandez, about his life on the island, and were written sitting in the old house his mother bought with her pineapple cannery earnings.
Hawaiian Author Based in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii
Are you ready to fall in love all over again with Hawaii? Whether you're a history buff or just someone who's interested in a good story, you'll love Bill Fernandez's historical and adventure books!
Bill Fernandez Hawaiian Author writes exciting novels and non-fiction memoir books from his home in Kapaa, on Kauai. Each one is well researched for accuracy. Add any of his well-written works to your collection. Some of his works include gorgeous as well as old pictures of his family and Hawaiian scenery.
Bill brings the story of Hawaii alive in his history talks In addition to writing historical novels from the perspective of a Native Hawaiian, Bill is available to talk about Hawaiian history with anyone wanting to learn more about this great state and Native Hawaiians. You're welcome to contact Bill to set up a time and date. No charge for talks. A beautiful PowerPoint slide show plus a chant and some singing create a lively talk. Rainbows Over Kapaa,From Poi to Pineapple, and Hawaiian Sovereignty, Kaua'i Kids inPeace and War, Hawaii in War and Peace, Cult of Ku, John Tana - An Adventure of Old Hawai'i - each one is free of charge. DVDs of the talks are available at the Kauai History Society website for $20 each.
"I saw a side of Kaua'i tourists never notice," said one person.
"Bill's voice is so deep and beautiful, I loved his singing, and his chanting made my skin tingle."
Bill served as President of the Board of the Kaua'i Historical Society which included several celebrations of local cultures during the Centennial Year. He also serves on the boards of a social service agency on Kaua'i: Hale 'Opio, and the Kaua'i Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. The governor appointed him to serve on the Hawaii State Advisory Board of Juvenile Justice.
Forbes Magazine designated Kapa'a as "Among the 15 Prettiest Towns in America" in Sept, 2013. In 2016, The National Geographic Traveler designated Kaua'i as one of the top places to visit.
A Word from the Author
I was lucky to be born on a tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean called Kauai, Hawaii. I graduated from Kamehameha High School and Stanford University then practiced law and became a judge in California. I'm back home living in my mother's old house by the ocean. My wife, Judie, and I have a lot of fun creating the books and talks.
I love history, particularly military history, which depicts the struggles of people againstoppression. I am part Hawaiian. My novels deal with slavery, human sacrifice, and the conflicts between the Hawaiian culture and the new culture of the Western world, told from the commoner Hawaiian point of view.
My non-fiction books about my barefoot years on an isolated island, the family movie theater, Pearl Harbor and the war years, (Rainbows Over Kapa'a, Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War, and Hawai'i in War and Peace) have many old photographs bringing it all to life as you as you learn how to make a tin canoe, challenge the sugar cane trains on the bridges, carry a gas mask to school, shine the shoes of GIs, and become aware of world events that affect our lives.
In Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War,explore my world up to age 14 when I spent most of my time in or around the ocean. There were no stores to buy toys and no money to pay for them, so my friends and I made our toys: a tin canoe, a spear for fishing, kites using poi for paste, for example. Part II contrasts that freedom with the military occupation and worries of my Japanese American friends and family after Pearl Harbor. But kids often view life differently: making friends with the GIs, shining shoes, sneaking past barbed wire to catch fish at night. I dedicate Part Two to the courage of the Japanese Americans fighting for America despite racism against them. President Obama awarded them the Congressional Gold Medal for their brave service to America.
My third book continues my memoir series: Hawai'i in War and Peace. In 1944 at age 14 my family sent me to the Honolulu boarding school for children of Hawaiian ancestry, Kamehameha. There I learned military discipline, witnessed racism between the GIs and locals in town, and followed world events. In 1948 a family driving trip around the continental U.S. opened my eyes to another way of life and to more racism which made me uncertain of my place. My parents wanted me to attend Stanford University. I wanted to stay on Kaua'i and be a fisherman.
Next: My murder mystery, Cult of Ku, Set in 1920 Honolulu, a war hero is accused of murdering his grandmother in a grisly human sacrificial style and tries to clear his name as more murders strike prominent Honolulu leaders. The trail leads to the criminal underground of the city, water adventures with new Hawaiian friends, a kahuna, unionization struggles, and a Euro-Asian scholar.
My newest book is the first in a series: John Tana, An AdventureTale of Old Hawai'i,which opens in mid-1800s Mau'i, as the new land division law, The Great Mahele, is used by a sugar baron to kick the hero off his Native Hawaiian kuleana, farmland. Seventeen-years old, an orphan, and unaware of the crush Western capitalism and religion are having on Hawaiians, John struggles to understand and adapt. When he paddles to Lahaina to find family, sailors and whalers harass him and try to shanghai him. He meets a beautiful young cousin but he is told the new religion, Christianity, forbids a romance. He is forced to flee from Maui when the sugar baron's henchman tries to kill him and paddles to Oahu. There, life is more complicated. John meets a future king, a French girl, a lua master, a Hawaiian lawyer who defends a Chinese man in a murder trial, and realizes how his future opportunities are limited. When the henchman discovers him a life-or-death fight forces him to once again paddle to another island to escape. He hopes a rural life on Kaua'i will bring peace to him. (This book should be available in late 2016.)
In 2015, an Arcadia Images of America book was published about my hometown: Kapa'a.Written along with a few of the town residents, my wife, Judith, and I contributed to it by writing the introduction to the book and the chapter on the War Years 1941-1945. It is a fund-raiser for the local Senior Center in Kapa'a and is filled with old photographs going back more than 100 years.
In 2014 the Native Hawaiian Sovereigntyissue made the headlines. In an effort to explain the history of it up to modern times, I gave a talk, Hawaiian Sovereignty, for the Kaua'i Historical Society. Beginning with a chant and accompanied by a PowerPoint slide show, the audience of over 250 people seemed to appreciate hearing the entire history. One woman said afterward she deeply appreciated it because she did not know the history and why Hawaiians were upset. Now she understands and feels sympathy for their situation. The local community television station occasionally plays the dvd of it which is also available at the historical society.
When I look back on those highschool years when I wanted nothing more than to be a fisherman, I marvel at my life's journey. I ended up at Stanford where I attended law school, practiced law in the Bay Area, and served as a judge. All in all, it was a very wise decision to listen to my parents and attend college, an opportunity they never had. I learned so much about the world and people. Now I am back home, near the ocean and breezes, trying to write about it all, and feel blessed.
Me ke aloha pumehana - May you be surrounded by love.