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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 Kapa'a, 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.

The heroes of his novels are young Hawaiian men trying to figure out and surivive when Western capitalists and religion sweep over the islands in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hawaiians find themselves at the bottom of the plantation-dominated world on Hawaiian land. The struggles begin when the young Hawaiian man, John Tana  is kicked off his inherited farm by rugged men with whips.

The Hawaiian islands are more than sandy beaches and stunning views. Ever since the Hawaiian Islands were first stumbled upon by Captain Cook, the native Hawaiians have struggled to adapt from their isolated lives to world politics of capitalism and expansion of 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 experience the frustrations and benefits of the complex history of the islands. Many know Michener's book: Hawaii, which was 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 re-printed. To understand the island history, the viewpoint of native Hawaiian Bill is invaluable.

The most recent novels, Splintered Paddle and Conquest, are set in the tumultuous years of the late 18th c. 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.

A third novel in this Kamehameha series is End of the Gods, expected to be in print by mid-2021. When Christian missionaries arrive in 1820 they find whalers, bars, half-naked people, and the religious temples (heiau) and icons lying in ruin.

Events

2019

June 28, 2019: Splintered Paddle Book Signing by author: Hanapepe Talk Story Bookstore  5 to &:30 PM

November 6, 2019: Princeville Library at 5 PM - Splintered Paddle


2018

January 24:  KKCR Radio Interview with Tracey Schavone   1:30 PM

January 29:  Kauai Museum Book Launch Party  5 to 7 PM in Courtyard - open to public

September 27:  Book Launch Party  - HAWAIIAN REBELLIONS,  Book 3 of the John Tana trilogy

                           Kaua'i Museum Courtyard, Lihue  from   5 to 7 PM

                           Light refreshments, 20% book sales proceeds to museum

 


2017

June 14, 2017

Book Talk and signing

Princeville Library, Princeville, Kaua'i   5:30 PM  to 7 PM

Book talk with PowerPoint slide show and book signing

Judie Fernandez   jdgnjudi@cs.com


7/26/17

Radio KKCR Interview with Tracey Schavone

2 PM - Kaua'i Community Radio 99.1

Author Interview about Bill Fernandez' new book: CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN HAWAI'I

Judith Fernandez   jdgnjudi@cs.com  or  Tracey at KKCR 


7/28/17

HANAPEPE BOOK SIGNING 

6-9 pm  HANAPEPE BOOK STORE

Bill will be available to sign all of his books, especially the new novel: CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN HAWAI'I

Judith Fernandez   jdgnjudi@cs.com