Authors & Presenters for Saturday

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Mike Bond

4 p.m. Saturday April 30
Mauka Authors Pavilion

Called “Master of the existential thriller” by BBC, “one of America's best thriller writers” by Culture Buzz, and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times, Mike Bond is a best-selling novelist, ecologist, and war and human rights journalist. His critically-acclaimed novels take readers into intense experiences in the world’s most perilous places, into political and corporate conspiracies, wars and revolutions, making “readers sweat with [their] relentless pace.” (Kirkus) He lives on Molokai.

Kalani Brady MD

Panel: Healing Recipes for Misery
1 pm Saturday April 30. Wellness pavilion

Kalani Brady traces his roots to the Keli‘ikanaka‘oleaipolani family from Kaua‘i. Kalani was raised in Hawai‘i, graduating from St. Anthony’s School in Kailua, and St. Louis High School. He attended Harvard where he performed with the Opera Company of Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a soloist of the Harvard Glee Club for four years. He graduated with honors in Engineering and Applied Physics, and enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i to pursue graduate studies in Public Health. In the next two years, he received his Masters and Doctorate, all but dissertation, in Biostatistics and Epidemiology before enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania to complete his dissertation work in acute lymphocytic leukemia and his medical studies in 1982.

Marie Alohalani Brown

Panel: 2 pm Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Marie Alohalani Brown, Kanaka ʻŌiwi from Mākaha, Oʻahu, holds an M.A. in Hawaiian language and a Ph.D. in English, and is an assistant professor of religion at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a specialist in both Hawaiian religion and Hawaiian moʻolelo (a narrative genre that includes belief narratives, life writing, and cultural, religious, or historical treatises). She conducts research on a variety of subjects in Hawaiian-language newspapers and other Hawaiian-language archives.

Dr. Jenna Bruchauser PsyD

Panel: Proactive Wellness
10 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Dr. Jenna Bruchauser received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. After completing her internship, she moved to Hawai‘i for her Fellowship at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. Her areas of interest include pain management, neurological disorders, and other medical conditions, as well as anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Bruchauser is skilled in neuropsychological and psychological assessment, in addition to individual, couples, and group therapy.


Louis Butelli -- The Gravedigger’s Tale

4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
Mission Memorial Auditorium

A theatrical performance in words and music--the story of Hamlet is told by the Gravedigger using Shakespeare’s moving words and help from the audience. In Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the Gravedigger appears briefly in Act V to perform a comic exchange before speaking to Hamlet and presenting him with the jester Yorick’s skull. Our Gravedigger arrives with his trunk and a book and engages the audience in a re-telling of Hamlet from his unique perspective.

Carol Catanzariti

Readings: Bamboo Ridge #108 Editors Choice Awards.
11 a.m., Saturday April 30,
Mauka Authors Pavilion

Carol Catanzariti writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Evergreen Magazine, The Lyric, Colorado Woman, Hawaii Review, HAPA, Hawaii Pacific Review, Honolulu Magazine, New You Magazine, The Breakup Queen Anthology, Honolulu Poetry on The Bus, the Honolulu Advertiser among others. She co-authored a poetry chapbook, Seeking an Answer, published by Finishing Line Press. Hawaii Pacific Review chose her poem “Age Old Understanding” as one of the best of the decade (2000-2010). She is co-editor for “Sunset Inn: Tales of the North Shore,” an anthology by Hawaii Writers. She won first place in the National League of American Pen Women Lorin Tarr Gill poetry competition and first place in the children’s short story contest in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Ed Chevy

Sign Language Entertainer

2 p.m. Saturday April 30. Keiki Stage

Sign Language is fun and easy to learn, let Ed Chevy shows you something exciting. Ed Chevy is a sign language entertainer who lifts American Sign Language (ASL) to a living art to the beat of classic rock music. He blends visual expression, gesturing, body language followed by visual language for the whole family, friends and visitors to appreciate the art of sign language. Ed has an illustrious career as a multi-celebrated performing artist, with 33 years of constant entertainment in show business.

Kathy Collins

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday April 30. Keiki Stage
12:30-2 pm Sunday May 1. Keiki Stage

Actress, storyteller, broadcaster and freelance writer Kathy Collins began performing at the age of 13. Raised on Maui, she often calls on her pidgin-speaking alter ego, “Tita,” during her weeklystorytelling sessions at Makena Resort. Collins and Tita have performed at festivals across the U.S. and Canada, including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Project in New York City.

Sara Collins

Panel: 1 pm Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

A Senior Archaeologist with Pacific Consulting Services Inc., Sara Collins is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty member in the Anthropology Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She previously worked for the U.S. Army as a physical anthropologist at its POW/MIA identification facility in Hawaiʻi, and then for the State of Hawaiʻi as a regulatory archaeologist at the Historic Preservation Division. She currently serves as President of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology.

Theresa M. DiPasquale

Panel: Shakespeare in Hawai‘i and Hawaiian
2 p.m. Saturday April 30
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Theresa M. DiPasquale is Gregory M. Cowan Professor in English Language and Literature at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Her publications include Literature and Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne (Duquesne UP, 1999), Refiguring the Sacred Feminine: The Poems of John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton (Duquesne UP, 2008), many articles on Renaissance poetry, and an essay on Shakespeare in 19th-century Hawai‘i. She is currently researching Hawaiian Pidgin adaptations of Shakespeare. For the last ten years, she has been faculty lecturer and discussion leader for Whitman Alumni excursions to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Roy Gal

12:30 Saturday, April 30.
Mission Memorial Auditorium

Roy Gal received his B.A. in Astrophysics from Columbia University in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech in 2001. He has been using the observatories of Maunakea for over twenty years. He is currently an associate astronomer at UH Manoa's Institute for Astronomy (IfA) , where he has been for ten years, studying the evolution of galaxies. He oversees the IfA's outreach programs and media relations, teaches astronomy classes, and heads the UH National Gemini Office.

Kumu Hula Samuel M. ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III

Opening Oli
9:30 a.m. under the Noguchi Skygate sculpture

Scientist, Hawaiian cultural practitioner, paleobiologist, teacher – Sam Gon’s professional life has been dedicated to conservation of native biological diversity, and to the connections between the natural world and indigenous culture of Hawaii. Both skills have a role in my career with The Nature Conservancy, and have led to his positions on the State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Board of Trustees of the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program, the Advisory Council of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum Association, and Affiliate Faculty for The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai'i at Manoa. His goal is to further integrate the current expansion of Hawaiian cultural regrowth into the movement for conservation and sustainable human ecology for Hawaii.

Jeff Gere

Keiki Stage: Storytelling
Saturday April 30 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday May 1, Noon-2p.m.

Jeff Gere blends talents as painter, puppeteer, and mime into performances which have electrified audiences in Hawaii for 25 years. Jeff's physical energy, morphing elastic face and voice characterizations make his shows events. Jeff becomes his stories! 

Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua

Panel: Hawaiian Sense of Place
10 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua is a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi who was born and raised on Oʻahu. Her genealogy also connects her to Southern China and the British Midlands.

Josh Booth Green MD

Josh Green is a physician and Hawaii State Senator. He was educated at Swarthmore college and then went on receive his medical degree from Penn State. After finishing medical school, Josh worked as a volunteer physician in South African missionary hospitals, treating rural populations overwhelmed by AIDS and malaria. Upon completion of his residency training in Family Medicine, Josh accepted a position in the National Health Corps to practice medicine in under-served areas of Hawaii and in 2009 was named Hawaii Physician of the Year. He was elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives in 2004 and served for four years before being elected to the Senate in 2008 where he has served as the Health Committee Chair. He is currently serving as the Senate’s Majority Floor Leader and Whip, and is also an emergency room doctor on the Big Island . Josh married Jamie Ushiroda in 2006 and they are the proud parents of Maia (9) and Sam (5). 

Constance Hale

PANEL: Mauka Authors Pavilion,
10 a.m. Saturday April 30

Constance Hale is the bestselling author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. She has worked as an editor at the Oakland Tribune,San Francisco Examiner, Wired, and Health; she’s also edited three dozen books. Her writing appears in Afar, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, and Honolulu. Her eight-part series on the sentence is on the New York Times site. She runs the Mokule‘ia Writers Retreat and covers the writing life at

Günther Hasinger

11:15 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Mission Memorial Auditorium

Dr. Günther Hasinger, Director of the Institute for Astronomy at UH Manoa,  is a world leader in the field of X-ray astronomy and in the study of black holes, objects whose gravity is so strong that not even light can escape from them. He received his physics diploma from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, and in 1984, he earned a PhD in astronomy from LMU for research done at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE).

Craig Howes

Panel, Moderator: Shakespeare and the Ali‘i Nui
2 p.m. Saturday April 30,
Authors Mauka pavilion

Craig Howes is Director of the Center for Biographical Research, Co-Editor of the journal Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In 2010, he co-edited with Jonathan K. Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. President of the Hawai'i Literary Arts Council and a former board member of Kumu Kahua Theatre, he is currently President of Monkey Waterfall Dance Theatre Company.

Tiffany Ing

Panel: The Inside Story
2 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Tiffany Lani Ing Tsai, from Mānoa, O‘ahu has a Ph. D. in English from The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her dissertation, “Ka Ho‘omālamalama ‘ana i nā Hō‘ailona o ka Mō‘ī Kalākaua a me kona Noho Ali‘i ‘ana: Illuminating the American, International, and Hawai‘i Representations of King Kalākaua and his Reign, 1874–1891,” which examined nineteenth-century perspectives of David La‘amea Kamanakapu Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalākaua in English- and Hawaiian-language newspapers, books, travelogues, and other materials published in the United States, abroad, and in Hawai‘i during his reign, was awarded the 2015 Biography Prize by The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Biographical Research. An earlier version of a section was published in the 2014 edition of The Hawaiian Journal of History.

Mark Jeffers

3 pm Saturday April 30.
Keiki Stage

Mark Jeffers is the producer and co-star of 'The Russell the Rooster Show', a locally produced T.V. program that is now in its' 19th great year on cable television statewide in Hawai‘i. Mr. Jeffers has performed for tens of thousands of children and adults as a Teller of Tales. Mark is the Executive Director of the Storybook Theatre and offers historic walking tours in Hanapepe, Kauai.

Kathy Kawelu

Panel: 1 pm Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Kathy Kawelu was born and raised in Hilo, and attended Kamehameha Schools-Kapālama Campus before heading to Beloit College, Wisconsin for her B.A. Her interests in Hawaiian culture and Anthropology led her to graduate school at UC Berkeley, where she studied under Dr. Patrick Kirch. After receiving her doctorate she returned to Hilo, and currently teaches in the Anthropology Department at UH Hilo as an associate professor.

Heidi Kim

PANEL: Living Well in Hawaii Program / Blue Zone Community
11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Heidi Kim, Vice President, Statewide Well-Being Initiative, Blue Zones Project, oversees the Blue Zones Project in selected communities and worksites throughout Hawaii. Blue Zones Project, brought to Hawaii by HMSA, optimizes the settings where people spend the most time, using a systematic approach and evidence-based best practices to improve well-being. Kim previously worked in marketing and corporate relations for a planning and engineering firm. Her background extends to market research and strategic communications for healthcare, travel and tourism, technology, and financial service industries.


Patrick Vinton Kirch

Noon, Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Panel: 1 p.m. Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Patrick V. Kirch is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Hawai'i born Kirch graduated from Punahou School, and received his Ph.D. in from Yale. Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 1989 Kirch worked for Honolulu's Bishop Museum. Kirch has excavated archaeological sites across the Pacific, from Papua New Guinea to the Mangareva Islands, including Hawai'i. His most recent book, Unearthing the Polynesian Past, tells the stories of his Pacific expeditions and adventures.

Jeff Kleinman

10 a.m. Saturday April 30
Shaping the Story.
Mauka Authors Pavilion

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include the New York Times bestsellers The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein), The Snow Child (a Pulitzer finalist; Eowyn Ivey), Widow of the South (Robert Hicks), and Mockingbird (Charles Shields), among other books.

Stephanie Keiko Kong

Panel: Invented Language for Shakespeare
3 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Stephanie Keiko Kong is a teacher trainer, curriculum developer and pedagogy geek who has applied her education skills to such diverse disciplines as mathematics, acting, singing and yoga. She has acted in a number of Hawaii Shakespeare Festival productions and won Po‘okela awards for her roles as Richard in Richard III, Alcibiades in Timon of Athens, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Edmund in King Lear and Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing. She is currently studying Hawai‘i Creole English and Sanskrit.

Kapena M. Landgraf

Bamboo Ridge #108 Editors Choice Awards
11 a.m. Saturday April 30,
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Kapena Langraf spent much of his childhood in the towns of Pepe’ekeo, Pāpa’ikou, and Onomea before his family moved to Kaūmana in Hilo.  A graduate of Hilo High School (2006), Kapena attends UH Mānoa as a Ph.D. candidate in English.  He is the current Fiction Editor of Hawaiʻi Review and has a passion for indigenous Hawaiian literature, local literature of Hawaiʻi, and creative writing pedagogy.

Mark Lawhorn

Panel: Shakespeare in Hawaii and Hawaiian.
1 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Mark Lawhorn is associate professor of English at Kapi‘olani Community College and Hawai‘i Project Director for The Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio! exhibition. He has performed in the Hawai’i Shakespeare Festival and coordinates the annual Hawai’i segment of the English Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. His work on Shakespeare has appeared in a number of books including Shakespeare and Childhood (Cambridge University Press).

Margaret Read MacDonald

Keiki Stage Storyteller
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday April 30.
12:30-2 p.m.
Sunday May 1

Margaret Read MacDonald is known for her playful folktale retellings. Her audience-participation tales engage the entire audience.  Her folktale picture books are a family delight!

Kenneth Makuakane

2 p. m. Saturday April 30.
Main Stage

Kenneth Makuakāne is recognized as the producer of producers of Hawaiian music. He has recorded many groups, including Nā Leo Pilimehana, HAPA, Amy Hānaiali’i Gilliom, Obrian Eselu, Raiatea Helm and the Pandanus Club. To date, Kenneth has produced over one hundred thirty albums, many of which have been successful albums for their record companies. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has been on hundreds of recording projects. He has produced many hallmark albums for the prestigious educational institution Kamehameha Schools; the historical Baibala Hemolele project which created an audio library of the first written document in Hawaiian language back in 1820; and the groundbreaking Disney music project where he was chosen to produce the hit Disney classics such as “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “Theme from Pochahontas” and others with a Hawaiian music bed, translated and sung in the Hawaiian language.

Paul T. Mitri

Panel: Shakespeare in Hawai‘i and Hawaiian
1 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Paul T. Mitri is Department Chair and Professor of Theatre at UH Mānoa. He has worked on over 170 productions on stage, TV and film as an actor, director, playwright, fight choreographer, dance choreographer, videographer and producer. He was the Principal Founder and served as Artistic Director of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Other administrative positions include Director of Theatre at the American University in Cairo, Egypt; Artistic Director of Salem Theatre Company and Summer Theatre in Salem, MA; and currently the Artistic Director of All the World's a Stage Theatre Company. In Hawai‘i, his most recent performance was as Puck in the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is a multiple Po‘okela Award recipient for acting and directing and serves on the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council. At UHM, Paul teaches advanced voice, movement and acting classes, including Auditioning, Period Styles, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, and Dialects. A member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA, he received his BA in Stage Movement and his MFA from the Professional Actors' Training Program at the University of Washington. He is also the recipient of the UHM Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.

Eden-Lee Murray

Emcee, Keiki Stage

A professional actor, director, artist-educator and published writer/editor, Eden-Lee Murray is well known to local theatre audiences. She has directed or performed in every major venue on Oahu, earning multiple Po‘okela Awards for her work. Serving as Education Director at the Hawaii Theatre Center since 2009, it has been her very great pleasure to emcee the fabulous offerings on the Keiki Stage at all 11 HBMF's.


Nanette Napoleon

Emcee: Alana Hawaiian Culture Program

Nanette Napoleon is a freelance historical researcher, writer, and program specialist. She has been presenting historical and cultural lectures, tours and workshops in the community more than 20 years. She is most well-known for her extensive work documenting historical graveyards in Hawai‘i and is the author of the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site.


Puakea Nogelmeier

Panel: Shakespeare in Hawaii and Hawaiian
1 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Puakea Nogelmeier is Professor at the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A prolific composer and multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner, a kumu hula, and a respected scholar, researcher and writer, Puakea directs the translation/publishing project, Awaiaulu. His translation of The Epic Tale of Hiiakaikapoliopele won the2008 Samuel M. Kamakau Award for books of the year.

Katrina-Ann R. Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira

Panel: Hawaiian Sense of Place
10 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Katrina-Ann R. Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira is an associate professor of Hawaiian language and director of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian language at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she also earned a doctorate in geography. Her research interests include Kanaka geographies, epistemologies, language acquisition methodologies, experiential learning curricula, and environmental kinship. She is the author of Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies.

Dr. Landon Ka lauʻae naʻii na lino Opunui, ND

Panel: Achieving Health Through Balance
Noon, April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

As a Native Hawaiian and Kamehameha graduate who grew up in Hawai‘i, Dr. Landon Opunui left the islands to pursue his pre-medical undergraduate degree in Natural Science at Loyola Marymount University where he also competed as a 4-year NCAA Division I athlete in the sport of rowing. Dr. Opunui then earned his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University, one of the most world renowned science-based institutions in natural medicine. He completed a post-doctorate residency program at Lokahi Health Center in Kailua-Kona where he focused on naturopathic oncology, an emerging field in medicine dedicated to improving cancer treatment outcomes utilizing adjunctive and integrative natural medical interventions.

Paliku Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)

10:30 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.,
Saturday April 3.
Keiki Stage

The Paliku Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA), directed by John-Paul (“J-P”) Tai, has been creating quality, family-centered and professional musical productions since its inception in 2007.  PAPA is proud to create a safe environment, where youth can find and cultivate their love and respect for the arts.  Fueled by their motto, "empower, engage, educate", PAPA has traveled across the country with its various Touring Companies of performers, ages 7 and up. This year, they will present "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with their newest partner, the historic Hawai'i Theatre Center from July 20 - 26.  We continue to push our students to always do their best and we look forward to another season of working with talented youth from across the island!

Mark Panek

Bamboo Ridge Editors Choice Awards
11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Mark Panek is the author of Hawai’i: A Novel, Big Happiness: The Life and Death of a Modern Hawaiian Warrior, and Gaijin Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan. He teaches creative writing at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Panek is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received the University of Hawaii Regents' Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and the Elliot Cades Award for Literature in 2013.

Leon Noʻeau Peralto

Panel: Sacredness & Science
4 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Aslana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Leon Noʻeau Peralto was born and raised in Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi, and is a proud descendant of kūpuna from Hāmākua, Hawaiʻi, where he now resides. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and his dissertation explores the continuity of mālama ʻāina praxis in Hāmākua through the resurgence work of Hui Mālama i ke Ala ʻŪlili, a grassroots organization in Hāmākua of which he is a founding member and the current president.

Tony Pisculli

Panel: Inventing Language.
3 p.m. Saturday
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Fight Choreography
3:30 pm, Sunday May 1

Keiki Stage:

Tony Pisculli is the co-founder and producer of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, now entering its 14th season. This summer at HSF he will be presenting an experimental version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in invented language. Actually, in two invented languages, one for the Greek court and mechanicals, and another for the fairies.

Paul Reppun

Panel: Blue Zone Hawaii Project
11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Paul Reppun has been farming in Waiahole and Waiheʻe valleys on the Windward side of ‘Oahu since 1974: a wide diversity of organic crops which includes our main crop, taro, and also currently working on composting, methane digester and bio char projects. He is a member of Onipaʻa Na Hui Kalo – an organization that uses laulima practices to rehabilitate loʻi systems to promote community self reliance.

Clare Rountree Ph.D.

Panel: Healing Recipes for Misery
Living Well in Hawaii Program
1 p.m. Saturday April 30,
Wellness Pavilion

Dr. Clare Rountree is a psychologist in private practice in Honolulu, HI specializing in diversity issues and the treatment of trauma. She has extensive clinical and research experience in the areas of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, American Indian mental health service provision, and multicultural competency in the provision of mental health services to marginalized populations. She offers individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults as well as public education on mental health topics. Dr. Rountree has received national recognition for her contributions to the field. She has been practicing in Honolulu for a decade and is passionate about educating her community on mental heath topics. Along with Dr. Allana Coffee she cofounded the Hawaii Psychology Collective, a group mental health practice.

Bill Sage

Reading Dr. Seuss
2:30 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Keiki Stage

Known as "Hawaii's Man of a Thousand Voices", Bill Sage has been a voice talent professional for over thirty years. He has voiced over 100,000 commercials, bits, promos, and station ID's for virtually every radio and TV station in Hawaii since 1975. He's also performed in over 1500 shows in Hawaii since 1985 as a standup comic, impressionist, and emcee, and is a four time Pele Award winner for excellence in advertising, radio division, and is one of Hawaii's most sought after ad copy and comedy writers. Bill's been the President of the Sage Corporation since 1983--one guy with over a thousand employees, all of whom live in his larynx. Bill is also a composer and lyricist, and is the chief writer for the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalist's annual Gridiron Show.

Susan M Schultz

Elliot Cades Award for Literature,
Noon, Saturday April 30

Tinfish Poets,
3 pm Sunday May 1.

Authors Mauka Pavilion

SUSAN M. SCHULTZ has lived in and worked in Hawai‘i since 1990. She is author of a critical book, A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, and several books of poetry and poetic prose. Most recently, Singing Horse Press published Dementia Blog, Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series and “She’s Welcome to Her Disease”: Dementia Blog, Vol. 2. Vagabond Press published Memory Cards: Dogen Series in their Decibels Series. Schultz founded Tinfish Press in 1995. Tinfish is now in its twentieth year of publishing experimental poetry from the Pacific.


Noenoe K. Silva

Panel: Hawaiian Sense of Place
2 pm Saturday April 30,
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Noenoe K. Silva (Kanaka Hawaiʻi) is from Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. She serves as professor of Hawaiian and Indigenous Politics and Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  She is the author of Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism as well as numerous journal articles. Her current research projects include recovering place names from Hawaiian-language literature, and investigating the historical and political contexts in which the Hawaiian-language newspapers were published.

Kerrey Barton Taylor, DO, MBA

Panel: Successful Aging
3 p.m.
Living Well In Hawaii

Dr. Kerrey Taylor is a board certified physician in both physical medicine and rehabilitation, and in pain medicine. She also has an MBA with emphasis in healthcare administration. She received her medical degree in osteopathic medicine from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. She went on to complete an internship at Mesa General Hospital in Arizona, followed by a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and an anesthesiology fellowship in pain medicine. Currently, Dr. Taylor practices in Kailua with her husband at Aloha Pain Sports & Spine Medicine, and Ocean Health Hawaii, LLC.

Karen Kanehailua Teshima

PANEL: Living Well in Hawaii Program / Blue Zone Community
11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Karen Kanehailua Teshima coordinates the County of Hawai'i's health and wellness initiatives, including participation in Blue Zones Project and an unprecedented expansion of recreational facilities and opportunities for a healthier Hawai'i Island. Prior to the County, Karen served as a case manager and health educator at the Bay Clinic, serving East and South Hawai'i. She gas also presented about her own experience with cancer and as a patient navigator in Hawai'i and the Continental U.S.

Hilary Valentine

Living Well In Hawaii Program
Panel: Deadly Lifestyle Choices
2 pm, Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Hilary Valentine graduated from Boston University in 2007 with Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. Upon graduation she worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing and community programs here on Oahu. Hilary currently works at Manakai O Malama as clinical administrator and lead occupational therapist. She provides health and wellness based OT services with emphasis on development of life management skills necessary to lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Don Wallace

PANEL: Shaping the Story.
10 a.m. Saturday April 30

Mauka Authors Pavilion,

Don Wallace is senior editor at HONOLULU Magazine and writes cover stories (“Shark!” and “Who Owns O’ahu?”). His 2014 memoir, THE FRENCH HOUSE, just came out in Polish; ONE GREAT GAME scrutinized the commercialization of high school football; HOT WATER sent up soldiers of fortune and professional bass fishing. Published in The Surfer’s Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Harper’s, a Kirkus reviewer for 25 years and sometime book doctor, he is married to DO ONE GREEN THING author Mindy Pennybacker, who writes for the Star-Advertiser.

Valerie Wayne

Panel: Shakespeare in Hawai‘i and Hawaiian
1 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Authors Mauka Pavilion

Valerie Wayne is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, where she taught for over 30 years and received the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She has edited or co-edited six books and written many articles on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Her edition of Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline is forthcoming from the Arden Shakespeare in 2017. Wayne has served on the editorial board of Shakespeare Quarterly, been a trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and is a past president of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.

Michael J. West

12:30 Saturday April 30.
Mission Memorial Auditorium

Michael J. West is deputy director for science at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. A frequent user of the telescopes on Maunakea, he is also the author ofA Gentle Rain of Starlight: The Story of Astronomy on Mauna Kea (2005).

Kahikāhealani Wight

11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Kahikāhealani Wight grew up at a time Hawaiian language, culture, and love of nature weren’t valued. In the 1980s, living in the rainforest ecosystem near Kīlauea volcano, she discovered the landscape of Hawaiʻi, within and without, and reconnected with her deep roots. She is now a professor of Hawaiian language at Kapiʻolani Community College and author of Learn Hawaiian at Home, The Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary, and Rainforest Pu‘uhonua (all available from Bess Press).

Rianna Williams

3 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Rianna Williams is an independent historian specializing in the Hawaiian monarchy period. She spent nine years as a docent at ʻIolani Palace and is in her tenth year as a docent at Washington Palace. She did research for and was mentored by H.J. “Jim” Bartels, wrote four books, three articles for the Hawaiian Journal of History amongst other works. She has transcribed and indexed the diaries of Queen Emma, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and the letters of Charles Reed Bishop for the Bishop Museum. She is a life member of the National Society of Arts and Letters. In 2002 she was honored by The Foundation for Hawaiʻi Women’s History and the Alu Like Native Hawaiian Library.

Cecily Wong

2 pm April 30.
Mission Memorial Auditorium

Cecily Wong is the author of the novel, DIAMOND HEAD, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The LA Review of Books, Self, Bustle, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Barnard College, where she was awarded the Peter S. Prescott Prize for prose. Born in Hawaii and raised in Oregon, Cecily now lives and writes in New York.

Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright

Panel: Hawaiian Sense of Place
10 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Alana Hawaiian Culture Pavilion

Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright grew up at a time Hawaiian language, culture, and love of nature weren’t valued. In the 1980s, living in the rainforest ecosystem near Kīlauea volcano, she discovered the landscape of Hawaiʻi, within and without, and reconnected with her deep roots. She is now a professor of Hawaiian language at Kapiʻolani Community College and author of Learn Hawaiian at Home, The Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary, and Rainforest Pu‘uhonua. She is a co-editor of A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty, and Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo‘olelo and Metaphor.

Elisa Yadao

PANEL: Living Well in Hawaii Program / Blue Zone Community
11 a.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Elisa Yadao is senior vice president of HMSA’s consumer experience division. Her areas of responsibility include product development and pricing, marketing and communications, and consumer advocacy. Yadao has been with HMSA since 2009. Previously, she served as chief information officer for the City and County of Honolulu’s rail transit system, worked as a private communications consultant, was executive director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and was a television reporter for KGMB.


Ira D. Zunin M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Emcee/Moderator: Living Well In Hawaii Program
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday April 30.
Wellness Pavilion

Dr. Ira Zunin has been an international leader in integrative medicine for 30 years,. He writes a regular column, “Wealth of Health” in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, and just published a book, The Practice of Freedom.