Waikiki - In The Wake of Dreams

Hardcover, Color, English, 126 Pages
Written by Paul Berry and Edgy Lee
Edited by MacKinnon Simpson and Nina Berry
Design by Michel V.M. Lê

"Waikiki–In The Wake of Dreams is as mesmerizing as the mysterious and compelling place it documents. It pulls at you like a big wave or a deep chant." – Davia Nelson (The Kitchen Sisters), Peabody Award winning radio producer of Lost & Found Sound, NPR's All Things Considered.

Although it encompasses only one square mile of sea and sand, Waikiki has long been one of the most famous beachfronts in the world. Its sunny shores have been the definition of Paradise for generations of visitors from around the world.

This rare historical look at the land and people who call Waikiki home explores their contributions to American culture, from the royal sport of surfing to the invention of the ukulele; the steel guitar; and the modern swimsuit. We discover how this small stretch of sand and its residents have had far-reaching effects on American culture.

The book brings us Waikiki, a special spiritual haven for ancient Hawaiians and a place of healing and special power -- through the centuries to a time when 19th century writers such as Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson and then Hollywood movie stars and Maharajahs flocked its shores.

The world was enamored by this beach, its native Hawaiian culture and the secret to how they enjoyed "the good life". 'Waikiki', winner of the (year) Kahili Literary Award, is full of little known facts and quirky pieces of history. It is about the ocean, the music, the culture and the people who continue to give the area life.

" ... lively contemporary design; intriguing oral history; photographic riches; about Waikiki even lifelong Islanders may not know."   ~ The Honolulu Advertiser.

A companion film is also available (see Films & TV).

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Waikiki - In The Wake of Dreams Film Viewers Guide

" Waikiki's charming past is unfolded through re-enactments, film and TV clips..." – Variety

This documentary film chronicles the evolution of a small beachside community from ancient spiritual haven, to playground for Hawaii's royalty, to the world's most famous beach and visitor destination. The film is the first comprehensive chronicle of Waikiki's 500-year history brought to life with historical photographs and moving footage, Hollywood film clips, and rare oral histories told by the people who made Waikiki, Waikiki.

The film previewed in Washington D.C. at the National Geographic Society. Its premiere in Hawaii was held on Waikiki beach, under a full moon to an audience of 5,000 viewers, setting the precedent for what has become the City of Honoulu's "Sunset on the Beach" public movie screenings held monthly in Waikiki.

The companion film is available (see Films & TV).

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The Hawaiians – Reflecting Spirit Film Viewers Guide

A recent work by noted Hawaii filmmaker Edgy Lee, an early cut opened the 2005 Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian at a private screening in Washington D.C. The film offers important cultural insights into who the Hawaiians are as a people, their origins, historical challenges and current social conditions, and the revival of spirit of a native people whose identity is intrinsically tied to their Hawaiian homelands. Lee's film is covered in the new book "Progressive Hollywood, A People's Film History of the United States," by Ed Rampell, who places Edgy alongside leading documentary filmmakers such as Oscar winners Errol Morris ("Fog of War"), Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), Robert Greenwald ("Outfoxed") and Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 9/11"). Rampell calls Edgy "Hawaii's greatest local filmmaker" and describes "The Hawaiians" as "a film of transcendent splendor" that defends Native rights and culture.

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Hawaii's Fire Fighters Favorite Recipes

Authentic recipes by some of Hawaii's best fire fighter - chefs. Recipes are simple and local foods such as fresh ahi (fish) can be substituted for mainland ingredients.

Fire fighters work with slim budgets, little time, and hungry appetites. Great eating for any family!

A companion film, "A Tribute to Hawaii's Fire Fighters" is available (see Films & TV).

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Papakolea Film Viewer's Guide

Companion to film, soft cover, includes: chapter breakdowns, essays, suggested topics for discussion.

The film received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Award for Independent Programming, the National Education Silver Apple; the international CINE Golden Eagle; and other awards for writing and directing.

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ICE - Hawaii's Crystal Meth Epidemic Film Viewer's Guide

Companion to film, soft cover, includes: chapter breakdowns, essays, suggested topics for discussion.

This documentary reveals riveting stories of ice addicts, children of addicts, young mothers in their 20s who have given birth to meth addicted infants; and foster parents who care for children who show signs of meth addiction. We learn how meth affects the community at large, how addiction is linked directly to increase in violent crime; child abuse, elder and spousal abuse; theft and rising insurance rates, social services, medical costs; and human costs that transcend the financial ruin that ice addiction has brought the state of Hawaii.

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