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Kauai born and raised, Bill Fernandez writes memoirs and novels set in the islands as he enjoys the ocean breezes in the old house his mother bought with her pineapple earnings. His early years exploring the ocean, making kites, paddling tin canoes made from corrugated roofing, and shining GI shoes are brought to life in his memoirs: Rainbows Over Kapaa, Kaua'i Kids in Peace and WW Two, Hawai'i in War and Peace. In 1939 Bill's parents built Roxy, a large movie theater in Kapa'a, a center of entertainment for the thousands of GIs who came to protect against a feared Japanese invasion after Pearl Harbor. Old photographs are intriguing.

The heroes of his novels are young Hawaiian men trying to figure out how to surivive when Western capitalists and religion sweep over the islands in the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Hawaiians fell to the bottom of the plantation-dominated world on Hawaiian land and many still feel that way. Kalani Tana becomes a warrior for Kamehameha during the wars to unite the islands and joins a conspiracy to overthrow the god Ku (Splintered Paddle, Conquest, End of the Gods). John Tana is chased off his inherited farm by men with whips on horseback in the Great Mahele era. To escape a thug hired to kill him he sails to Honolulu and then to Kauai. Traditional religious beliefs do not blend well with Christianity. (Gods, Ghosts and Kahuna on Kauai.) Despite trying to survive by seeking legal help, he loses his farm. The overthrow of the monarchy gives him a last chance for justice. (Hawaiian Rebellions). In the 20th century, Grant Kingsley seeks justice when accused of ritual murders (Cult of Ku) and worries about the fate of the Hawaiian Joseph Kahahawai in the Masse cases (Crime & Punishment in Hawaii). Locals see that white people can kill locals and get away with it. The murder of striking Phillipino plantation workers and Grant's father seem related. (Terrorism in Paradise)

The Hawaiian islands are more than sandy beaches and stunning views. Ever since Captain Cook first stumbled upon the islands in 1778, native Hawaiians have struggled to adapt from their isolated lives to capitalism and Christianity. They learned quickly but succumbed to foreign diseases which left them powerless. Wooden clubs embedded with shark teeth were no match for metal weapons and ammunition. As you read the well-researched stories, you will feel the frustrations and injustices of the complex story of the islands. Many know Michener's book: Hawaii, written in an era when historical materials in the Hawaiian language were not available, and many early sources were out of print. In recent years the sources have been translated and reprinted. To understand the island history, the viewpoint of native Hawaiians, Bill is invaluable.

Two historical novels, Splintered Paddle and Conquest, are set in the tumultuous years of the late 18th century when Kamehameha the Great began fighting island chiefs to unite the islands. Kalani Tana is the reluctant hero, sent to train as a warrior to protect his mother and sisters from slavery. He learns how to use Western guns, is repulsed by human sacrifice, treachery, and is rewarded with farmland when made a "black land chief". But domestic bliss ends with a firey attack. His hunt for the secret killers leads to Captain Vancouver, spying for Kamehameha, and the battle of Nuuanu at an Oahu cliff's edge. The author makes good use of his hobby, historic military battles.

The newest Kalani Tana novel, End of the Gods, NOW IN PRINT!  1819: Hero Kalani left the islands after his wife was killed and sailed on whaling ships. While in Chinese waters, he learns about Buddhism. It is time to return to the islands and reunite with his son and daughter. He finds a different world run by newcomers that entice whalers: bars, gambling, and women. He reunites with his son who manages the farm but cannot find his daughter. The god Ku now dominates life. Violate one of the many kapu (taboos) and instant death strikes. Kalani joins the conspiracy to overthrow the gods which leads to civil war. Meanwhile, six thousand miles away, Christian missionaries set sail in 1820 to bring Jesus to the savages.

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Bill Fernandez Hawaiian Author

Bill Fernandez and his family have contributed a great deal to the island community through the years. Both of his parents were half Native Hawaiian. His father was raised on Mau'i and Parker Ranch. His mother, Agnes Scharsch, cames from an old family on the island. In the 1920s and 30s, Bill's father was a pioneer showman traveling on horseback with his projector strapped to his back from one plantation town to another throughout all of the islands, showing motion pictures in plantation camps. He went as far away as the Far East to show films. Then he settled in Kapa'a where he built Roxy Theater and married Agnes. He served in the Territorial Legislature.

Bill served on the Sunnyvale, CA, city council and as Mayor. He was appointed to the Economic Opportunity Council in Santa Clara County, CA. He was appointed to the Santa Clara County,CA, Municipal and Superior Courts. After retiring, he returned home where he and his wife work on books, photography, and count waves. Recently, he was appointed by the governor of Hawaii to the State Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.

A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and Stanford University School of Law, Bill has a keen interest in legal issues affecting Native Hawaiians. He serves as Policy Chair for Council of Native Hawaiian Associations (CNHA).

 

Keplers.com

Both of Bill's books, Hawai'i in War and Peace, Kauai Kids in Peace and War,  and  Rainbows over Kapaa can be purchased at Kepler's Book Store and from their website.

November 17 at  7:30 PM, Bill will give a book talk. Call to confirm.

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025         keplers.com       650.462.5506

 

HCCNC.com

Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, Northern California.

 

MyHawaiiTraveler.com

Hawaii Traveler Magazine. An article about the memoir "Rainbows Over Kapa'a" can be found in this publisher's Kaua'i Traveler Magazine Jan. 2010 issue.

 

SFGate.com

SFGate is a newsmagazine affiliated with the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper. A blog article about the author and the memoir "Rainbows Over Kapa'a" can be found on their site:
[Click Here]

 

Amazon.com

Both "Kauai Kids in Peace and War"  and  "Rainbows Over Kapaa" can be purchased at Amazon.com and kindle.

 

NativeBooksHawaii.com

Native Books Hawaii in Honolulu sells beautiful Hawaiian crafts and books. Ask for Bill's books - "Kauai Kids in Peace and War" and "Rainbows over Kapaa". Also available online.

 

Facebook.com  [Bill Fernandez Hawaiian Author]

 

Facebook.com [Bill Fernandez]

 

Facebook.com [KS Alumni Association, Northern California]

Facebook Home Page of Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, Northern California.

 

KauaiPeople.com

Kauai People weekly newsmagazine. An article about the author and the memoir "Rainbows Over Kapa'a" can be found in the Mar. 17th, 2010 issue of this newsmagazine. You can view a video of the author that they produced by clicking this link: [Click Here]

 

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