Book Festival Welcomes Yamaguchi and More

The Hawaii Book & Music Festival will once again celebrate books, storytelling, and music in a fun way for people of all ages. The festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds near Honolulu Hale. Attendees can enjoy book readings, performances, authors, industry experts covering a wide range of topics, and activities that include:  

Kristi Yamaguchi's Book Reading – Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
U.S. figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, and The New York Times best-selling children’s author Kristi Yamaguchi will read to children at the festival. Yamaguchi is a supporter of childhood literacy and donates books and resources to underserved areas through her Always Dream Foundation

We asked her about her experience with reading to her children and what her favorite children’s book is. Here’s what she told us. “When my daughter was 6 months old, my doctor told me to read to her. I thought she was too young, but he explained it helps with her cognitive development,” Yamaguchi says. “I’ve always loved reading as a way to escape. My all-time favorite book is Charlotte’s Web.” 


Yamaguchi at the Hawaii Book & Music Festival. Photo by Hawaii Book & Music Festival.

Blue Zones Project Hawaii with Michael Gold – Saturday at 2 p.m.
Gold, former CEO and president of HMSA, will lead a panel discussion on how Blue Zones Project is making Hawaii a happier, healthier place to live, one community at a time. HMSA brought Blue Zones Project to Hawaii in 2014. 

Jake Shimabukuro Live – Sunday at 3 p.m. 
Local musician and member of Pure Heart, Shimabukuro has traveled around the world entertaining crowds with his melodic ukulele medleys.  

Book Swap and Book Sale – Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends of the Library of Hawaii, Bank of Hawaii, and Barnes & Noble will be selling and swapping books. Get a copy of something new or rediscover a book you used to love. For a full list of events, visit the Hawaii Book & Music Festival website