The Kaua'i Made Products seal is awarded to products unique to Kaua'i, using Kaua'i products and made on the island. Kaua'i born and raised, Bill Fernandez writes memoirs and novels set in the islands and featuring native Hawaiian heroes while sitting in the house his mother bought with her pineapple cannery earnings in the 1920s.
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 novels set in the historic Hawaiian Kingdom in the 19th century and during the 20th century Territory years. His memoirs reveal a unique childhood adventures exploring the ocean in front of his home.
Bill Fernandez Hawaiian Author weaves nativeHawaiian history into his memoirs and exciting novels.Life was simple when he grew up in Kapaa, on Kauai. Each book 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 Hawai'i alive in his history talks Bill not only writes memoirs and novels, he loves to "talk story" about his books and growing up on Kaua'i. He opens his talks with a Hawaiian chant, shows a slide show, and entertains with his stories. Contact Bill or his wife, Judie to arrange one. No charge.
Rainbows Over Kapaa,From Poi to Pineapple,Hawaiian Sovereignty, Kaua'i Kids inPeace and WW Two, Hawaii in War and Peace, Cult of Ku and Crime & Punishment in Hawaii, Grant Kingsley novels; John Tana - An Adventure Novel of Old Hawaii - each talk is free of charge. DVDs of the some 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 gave me goosebumps."
"What I like best about these books is learning the history while enjoying a good read."
Bill served as President of the Board of the Kauai 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 Kauai, Hale Opio and the Kauai Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce. The governor appointed him to the Hawaii Juvenile Justice State Advisory Commission.
Forbes Magazine designated Kapa'a as "Among the 15 Prettiest Towns in America" in Sept, 2013. In 2016, The National Geographic Traveler identified 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, when the islands were a territory of the United States. I graduated from Kamehameha Schools and Stanford University and Law School, 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 half-Hawaiian. My novels deal with slavery, human sacrifice, and the conflicts between the Hawaiian culture and the new Western culture, told from the commoner Hawaiian point of view.
My memoirs begin with the pre-war years and include the story of the family movie theater, Pearl Harbor and the military occupation of the islands during the war years, and post-war events up to the day I entered college in 1949. (Rainbows Over Kapaa, Kauai Kids in Peace and WW Two, and Hawaii in War and Peace). Many old photographs bring it all to life 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, meet my pure Hawaiian great-grandparents and become aware of world events that affect our lives.
Kauai Kids in Peace and WW Twoexplores my world from age four to 14 (1935-1944)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 my toys: a tin canoe, a spear for fishing, and 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 my friends and I focused on making friends with the GIs, shining shoes, and 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.
Hawaii in War and Peacecontinues my memoirs.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 Kauai and be a fisherman.
I have started two novel series: Grant Kingsley and John Tana.
The Grant Kingsley series:
Cult of Ku, a murder mystery novel is set in 1920 Honolulu, the territory years when plantations controlled the politics.
A war hero, Grant Kingsley, is accused of murdering his grandmother in a grisly, human sacrificial style. He tries to clear his name as more murders strike prominent Honolulu leaders. Notes left at the scenes say the killer will strike again, signed "Ku". 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.
Crime & Punishment in Hawaii.
In 1930s Honolulu, two real-life criminal cases rip the islands: Massie/Fortescue. A Navy Lt.'s wife, Thalia Massie, accuses five local men of raping her: a Japanese, a Chinese, two Hawaiians and one mixed race. The undercurrent of racism against the minority working class can no longer be ignored, especially when the trial ends in a hung jury. Violent racism makes headlines across the country. Police arrest the rape victim's mother, husband, and two navy men for the murder of one the rape defendants: Joseph Kahahawai. The novel's hero Grant Kingsley faces his own emotions for revenge after bootleggers attack his family when he seeks the killer of his friend. The two criminal cases worry his twelve-year-old son and his local friends. Is justice only for the white elite? Can locals be killed without penalty?
The John Tana series is set in the Hawaiian Kingdom period, the 19th century.
John Tana, An Adventure Novel of Old Hawaii, begins in mid-1800s Maui, 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 until now unaware of the crush Western captialism and religion are having on Hawaiians, John struggles to understand and adapt. He sails to Lahaina to find family,and is harassed by sailors and whalers. He meets a beautiful young cousin, Leinani, but learns the new religion forbids a romance. He is forced to flee from Maui when the sugar baron's henchman tries to kill him. He sails 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 sail to another island to escape. He hopes a rural life on Kauai will bring peace.
Gods, Ghosts, and Kahuna on Kauaicontinues John's story on the island of Kauai where he hopes to find a peaceful life. Sugar barons are gaining control of land and water, Chinese are imported to replace Hawaiian laborers, John finds work as a security guard, and marries Mahealani. The island is ghostly: clouds amidst mountain peaks, pounding surf, waterfalls, and a deep belief in the spirit world. When someone is pulled underwater by an octopus, fears of a curse create tensions between John and his wife's family. Firm in his Christianity, John tries to convince them to reject superstition. Then he is tested. Death strikes and he is blamed. This tropical world is frightening.
In 2015, an Arcadia Images of America book was published about my hometown: Kapaa.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 Kapaa 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 Kauai Historical Society. The audience of over 250 people seemed to appreciate learning the history. One woman told me she deeply appreciated it because she learned why Hawaiians are upset.The local community television station occasionally plays the dvd of it which is also available at the historical society.
When I look back on my highschool years when I wanted to stay home and be a firsherman, I marvel at my life's journey. I ended up at Stanford University where I attended law school, practiced law in the San Francisco 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. 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.