The 11th Annual Hawaii Book & Music Festival  will be Saturday April 30 - Sunday May 1,  2016 on the Civic Grounds by Honolulu Hale (City Hall), in Historic Downtown Honolulu.

See you there!


HBMF 2016 Headliners
The 10th Anniversary Hawaii Book & Music Festival includes something for everyone!

For Book Lovers:  Among the major authors presenting are Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific; Julie Checkoway, The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory; Cecily Wong’s romantic novel Diamond Head; Zoe Fitzgerald Carter, Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Loss, and Letting Go; Shawna Yang Ryan’s historical novel, Green Island; Victoria Kneubuhl’s new crime story, Murder frames the Scene; historian Pamela Rotner Sakamoto’s Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds; David Davis, Waterman: The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku; poet Christy Passion, Still Out Of Place

Panels: Over 30 panels on the evolving Native Hawaiian Culture, Health and Living Well in Hawaii; the Adaptations of Buddhism in Modern Hawaii; panels with Filipina writers, Astronomy in Hawaii, Ms. Aligned: Women Writing Men; and more.

Shakespeare: 2016 is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and the Folger Society is touring an original copy of the First Folio. HBMF will feature a performance of The Gravedigger’s Tale, a variant on Hamlet that is touring the country.

On the Main Stage: Major musicians and hula halau, a Singer-Songwriter Competition; a ‘Ukulele Kanikapila to which all players are welcome, inspired by leading ‘uke players.

For the Keiki: National PBS KIDS Host, Mr. Steve, returns to anchor the Keiki Stage, which will also feature Diamond Head Shooting Stars, PAPA, and Hawai‘i’s leading storytellers—Jeff Gere, Lopaka Kapanui, “Tita” Kathy Collins, James McCarthy, Ed Chevy, Billy Sage, Moses Goods, Margaret MacDonald. A Read Aloud venue will feature expert readers and the best local kaiki books.

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If you have friends or colleagues who you think would be interested, or if you're affiliated with an organization that is looking for volunteer opportunities, please get in touch with Mike Cannon, HBMF Volunteer Coordinator, at