In partnership with the University of Hawaii Manoa, the Hawaii Book & Music Festival opens Friday and continues until November 4.
The theme is “Hawaii 2.0 – Model for the Planet?” And the community forum festival features daily events with local, national and international authors, graphic novelists, poets, playwrights, music, media creators and storytellers.
After 14 years in downtown Honolulu Civic Center, the festival moved to the UH Manoa campus in 2020. Covid-19 forced the festival to adopt an online format.
âThe pivot of HBMF online has provided us with an unexpected opportunity to expand our reach beyond the islands,â said executive director Roger Jellinek in a press release, âand this year we have a number of Outstanding international and domestic speakers, ranging from superstar photographer Dewitt Jones, to âDonut Economistâ Kate Raworth, to American poet laureate Joy Harjo, and not least our very own Solomon Enos Polyfantastica, and more, in addition to a strong harvest from local authors. “
Special features of this year’s festival include:
- Kim Cobb – “Solve the Climate Crisis Now” Dewitt Jones – “Celebrate What’s Right with the World”
- Hawaii Literary Arts Council – Awards 2021
- Salomon Enos – “Polyfantastica”
- Kate Raworth – “The Donut Economy”
- US Senator Mazie Hirono – “Heart of Fire: The Story of an Immigrant Girl”
- Michael E. Mann – “The New Climate War The Struggle to Take Back Our Planet”
- Charles Johnson – MacArthur Fellow and winner of the National Book Award on Buddhism and Race, and other topics
- Joy Harjo, USA Poet Laureate – Living Nations, Living Words
- Hawaiian Culture – Maunakea, Nana I ke Kumu, Jamaica Osorio, “A Decolonial Guide to Hawaii”
- 30 Hawaii Authors Share Their Latest Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Graphics, Poetry & Plays
- Sustainability for Hawaii 2.0; Climate action plans; Transforming tourism, the circular economy for Hawaii, and more
- Well-being; Lessons for the next pandemic; Long Covid; Gender inequalities; Diversify Into What ?, Cancer Disparities in Hawaii, and More
- Innovation; Academy for Creative Media projects, Bitcoin solution for Hawaii Energy, Big Data Visualization, Institute for Astronomy, AI and the Future of Work
For the festival program, biographies of the 150 attendees and program updates, visit www.HBMF.online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @hawaiibookmusic and # HBMF2021.
In addition to its partnership with UH Manoa, the Hawaii Book & Music Festival 2021 is supported by HECO, Oceanit, Kamehameha Publishing, University of Hawaii Press, Bess Press, Hawaii Public Radio, Civil Beat, iHeartMedia and Hawaii Business Magazine.
The non-profit festival is a free entry event.