There are obviously many, many reasons why you oughta book a flight over to Honolulu and check out the Hawaii Book and Music Festival, but looking over the list of speakers and panelists, we kept seeing familiar names–people from Maui, authors who’ve written fantastic books about Maui or great authors we’ve written about. So here they are:
Julie Checkoway wrote The Three-Year Swim Club, a wonderfully detailed and inspired look at the remarkable but seldom-told story of Maui’s own Coach Soichi Sakamoto, who turned a bunch of local kids splashing around in sugar cane ditches into the some of world’s best swimmers in the 1930s and 1940s.
Kathy Collins is one of the founders of Manao Radio, Collins is probably Maui’s best storyteller, which is why she’s appearing on the festival’s Storytellers panel.
Therese Fitzgerald is a zen Buddhist minister here on Maui. She also works as a spiritual care counselor at Hospice Maui.
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