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In Scott Kikkawa’s noir novel ‘Char Siu,’ the price of paradise is costly to...

Char Siu is the third detective novel by Scott Kikkawa, an Asian American author. His writing can be circumscribed like a stylized police report but often ebbs into poetry “… smells like incense and star...

‘Of White Ashes’ explores how to endure knowing nothing lasts forever

I was not eager to start reading Of White Ashes by Constance Hays Matsumoto and Kent Matsumoto. It is the story of two Japanese Americans, Koji and Ruby, and includes the attack on Pearl...

Picking up from Raymond Chandler, “The Goodbye Coast” asks: What stops us from living...

The Goodbye Coast by Joe Ide is a well written detective novel with lots of twists, turns and surprises. The characters are well developed and provide  an interesting conduit for social commentary, off beat...

Two children’s books focus on female surfers who change their lives by riding the...

Sarah and the Big Wave - A true story of the first woman to surf Mavericks is written by Bonnie Tsui. The illustrations by Sophie Diao are very stylized, colorful and bright in the...

A detective novel set in 1950s Honolulu, Hawai’i, features a Japanese American WWII vet...

Red Dirt is the second in a series of detective novels by Scott Kikkawa. New to this genre of writing, I am struck by how the many unanswered questions, revelations and unexpected plot twists...

Graphic novel “No One Else” reminds us to take note of those heightened life...

R. Kikuo Johnson is the writer and illustrator of graphic short novel No One Else (published by Fantagraphics in November 2021). Having grown up on Maui, Johnson is familiar with the culture and idioms...

Murder mystery Kona Winds takes the reader back to 1950s Honolulu and shows Hawai’i...

In the neighborhood where I live in Hawai`i, Sears & Roebuck is gone, replaced by a multiethnic Asian food court and beer garden, but there still is a Long’s Drugs because only in Hawai`i...

“The Best of Aloha Shorts” showcases the distinctive character of Hawaiian perspective, working...

The Best of Aloha Shorts is the written version of performance pieces of poetry, prose, music by numerous artists. As with most anthologies there is a smorgasbord of styles, expressions, thoughts and perspectives. You...

“In Waves” is a memoir, history lesson in surfing, a coming of age story...

A.J. Dungo is the author and artist of the graphic novel, In Waves. It is a personal narration of a chain of vignettes that cover a lot of territory: it’s a coming of age...