A Celebration of Story and Song

HBMF is a unique event in Hawaii. We strive to celebrate and honor books, storytelling and music in way that is fun, accessible, and memorable for people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes.  We strive to introduce Hawaii books and music to the world and to introduce Hawaii to new worlds of books and music. We honor our host culture, explore topics of community interest, and highlight the joy of life-long literacy for all of Hawaii’s people.  We strive to present an event that creates joy and excitement about our culture all year round.

Our specific goals are to:

  • To provide the community with a unique event of the highest quality that celebrates reading, books, storytelling, and music.
  • To raise awareness of Hawai‘i’s multicultural heritage through its literary and musical arts.
  • To increase understanding and appreciation of Hawai‘i’s unique host culture.
  • To focus the best minds on issues of current concern to our community.
  • To raise awareness of the serious nature of illiteracy in Hawaii
  • To build a new national and international attraction for our community and our guests.


 The Hawaii Book and Music Festival (HBMF) is a Federal tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, managed by a Board of Directors.


HBMF Needs You!

It takes over a hundred Volunteers to make HBMF work.  If you have been an HBMF Volunteer in the past, and would like to help again, please sign up below.

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 Rachel, our HBMF Volunteer Coordinator, at rachelfunkheller@gmail.com

Check out our Volunteer page for info, schedules, and to see where you fit in.


Dawn Amano-Ige
Honorary Chair

David DeLuca

Director, Bess Press, Pass-the-Projects

Frank Haas
 Marketing Management, Inc.

Lynne Waihee

President, Read To Me International

Momi Akimseu
VP & Manager,
Community Engagement and Events
Bank of Hawaii, Marketing Division

Stacey Aldrich
Hawaii State Librarian

Mark A. Blackburn
CEO, Rapa Corp.

Joe Bock
COO & Partner, Nella Media Group, Inc.

Chuck Boller
Executive Director Emeritus,
Hawaii International Film Festival

Joel Cosseboom
Interim Director, University of Hawai‘i Press

Ron Cox
Director, Kamehameha Publishing

Vladimir Kholunov
Director, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis
Servco Pacific, Inc.

Maryellen M. Markley, Ph. D.
CEO, First Impressions, Inc.

Suzanne Skjold
Executive Director, Hawaii Literacy

Richard Tillotson

Michael Titterton
President & General Manager,
Hawaii Public Radio

Elizabeth "Annie" Valentin, MPH
Executive Director,
Project Vision Hawaii


Katy Chen
Chief Administrative Officer,
Goodwill Hawaii

State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria

Kenneth Makuakane
Makuakane Music Corp.

Bill Riddle
President & CEO, Visitor Video

Maya Soetoro-Ng
Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution

Andrew P. Tujios

Burton White
Director of Development,
Pa‘i Foundation


Roger Jellinek
Executive Director

Amy Hammond
Event Coordinator

Michael Cannon
Volunteer Coordinator