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 in Peace and War - 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 board of a social service agency on Kaua'i: Hale 'Opio and is a member of the Hawaii State Advisory Board of Juvenile Justice.
Forbes Magazine designated Kapa'a as "Among the 15 Prettiest Towns in America" in Sept. 2013
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 against oppression. 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 and the family movie theater bring laughter and good times as you learn how to make a tin canoe or challenge the sugar cane trains on the bridges. In Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War, Part II is serious. Read about the occupation of Kauai through a kid's eyes. My Japanese-American friends and family faced racism. 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, is in the publishing process and should be available by the end of 2015. Set in 1920 Honolulu, a war hero is accused of murdering his grandmother in a grisly human sacrific method and tries to clear his name as more murders strike prominent Honolulu leaders.
2015 looks like I may get a third book published, Part One in a series on Amazon Kindle. Called John Tana, it opens in early 1800s Mau'i as the new land division law, The Great Mahele, is used by plantation people to kick Hawaiians off their farmlands. John faces many struggles dealing with whalers, and missionaries. First in a series about the struggles a Native Hawaiian faces when Westerners take over Hawaiian land and politics in the 1800s, I anticipate three more books in the near future.
In August, an Arcadia Images of America book was published about my hometown: Kapa'a. Written by several of the town residents, I contributed to it by writing the introduction and 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 issue of Native Hawaiian Sovereignty issue made the headlines. In an effort to explain the history of it up to modern times, I prepared 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.
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