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 is President of the Board of the Kaua'i Historical Society
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. My latest book Hawai'i in War and Peace is a memoir about my highschool years in Honolulu and a family trip around the continental U.S. where I witnessed more racism. I am polishing up two novels I started a few years ago and set aside. Both feature Native Hawaiians in the 19th century, struggling to survive as the islands turned into plantations and a Caucasian controlled political world. Oh, and I also give talks where I chant an oli (Hawaiian chant I composed), show a slide show, and get the audience to sing a little. Lots of fun.
I wanted nothing more than to be a fisherman. But I ended up at Stanford where I attended law school, practiced law in the 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.
Me ke aloha pumehana - May you be surrounded by love.
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