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Kona Stories
78-6831 Ali'i Drive. #142
Kailua-Kona, HI
(808) 324-0350

Native Books Hawaii
1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite #1000
Honolulu, HI
(808) 597-8967
Revolution Books
Puck's Alley
1019 University Ave.
Honolulu, HI
(808) 944-3106

Featured Poets

W. S. Merwin
Living in Haiku, Hawaii, W. S. Merwin is an acclaimed poet and translator. He is the author, most recently, Migration, which won the 2005 National Book Award for Poetry.
Garrett Hongo
Born in Volcano, Hawai'i, in 1951, Garrett Hongo is the author of The River of Heaven, which was both the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Other Hawaii Poets
Frank Marshall Davis
Ray Freed
Joy Harjo
Cathy Song
Poet Laureate

Kealoha
Steven Kealohapau'ole Hong-Ming WongKealoha, better known as Kealoha, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. In May 2012, Governor Abercrombie named Kealoha as the state's first official poet laureate. By accepting the position, it is his mission to promote the writing, reading, performance and appreciation of poetry among the people of Hawai'i

Literary Journals & Small Presses

Bamboo Ridge: Journal of Hawai'i Literature and Arts
Bamboo Ridge Press was founded in 1978 to publish literature by and about Hawaii's people. It currently publishes two volumes a year: a literary journal of poetry and fiction featuring work by both emerging and established writers and a book by a single author or an anthology focused on a special theme. Both the journal and book are available singly or by subscription.

The Hawai'i Review
The Hawai'i Review is a literary magazine managed and edited by students. It is distributed on the mainland as well as on- and off-campus in Hawaii. (Submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and reviews, are accepted year-round.)

Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing
Published by the University of Hawaii Press, each issue of Manoa includes writing from a featured country or region, an overview essay by the guest editor of that feature, and U.S. fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and art.

Literary Organizations & Centers

The Hawai'ian Literary Arts Council
The Hawai'i Literary Arts Council (HLAC) was founded in 1974 to encourage and promote literature and literary activity of all sorts in Hawai'i. Supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the NEA,and private donors, its programs include readings, the Hawaii Island Writers Conference, and the Hawai'ian Award for Literature.

Hawaii Statewide Literacy Network
Calendar listing of programs and activities, and contact information for resources and references.

Volcano Art Center
The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit arts and environmental educational organization that offers a variety of activities including classes and workshops, performances, island-wide events and also publishes a weekly newsletter.

Hawaii Writing Project
HWP is a school-university collaborative program to provide training in writing and its classroom uses to teachers of all levels, K-16, public and private, and of all disciplines. Established in 1980, HWP has served over 1200 teachers in Summer Institutes and thousands more through various school-year in-service programs. HWP is one of almost 200 sites of the National Writing Project. Its main office is at University of Hawai`i at Manoa, with satellite sites on Maui and the Big Island.

Poetic History

A Brief Guide to Kanaka Maoli Poetry
As the cross-cultural crossroads of the Pacific, Hawaii has experienced a thriving literary renaissance since the 1970s when poets and writers began challenging the complex issues of representation and language that have surrounded literary expression in Hawaii. Read more >

Kubota
On December 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i, my maternal grandfather had barricaded himself with his family inside of his home in La'ie, a sugar plantation village on O'ahu's North Shore. Read more >

Visitors from Hawaii Enjoy ...

Most Popular Poems

1. The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...

2. somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
by E. E. Cummings
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond...

3. Do not go gentle into that good night
by Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night...

4. One Art
by Elizabeth Bishop
The art of losing isn't hard to master...

5. The Negro Speaks of Rivers
by Langston Hughes
I've known rivers...

6. We Real Cool
by Gwendolyn Brooks
We real cool. We...

7. Dreams
by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams...

8. How Do I Love Thee?
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

9. anyone lived in a pretty how town
by E. E. Cummings
anyone lived in a pretty how town...

10. This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten / the plums...

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Poems about Hawaii

Silverswords
by Juliet Kono
At cold daybreak...

Writing Programs & Colonies

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
With over 400 undergraduate majors and minors, 100 graduate students, and 60 full time faculty members, the English Department is one of the largest on the Manoa campus. They offer both a B.A. and a M.A. in creative writing.

Leeward Community College: Writing Across the Curriculum
WAC Sponsors workshops every semester to provide opportunities for faculty to share teaching ideas and techniques that will encourage the use of writing as a tool for students to learn course content and also develop their writing and critical thinking skills.

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