Publication of new Kaua’i history book to be celebrated at Marriott

KALAPAKI – The release of the book “Kaua’i in History: A Guide to the Resources” is being celebrated at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club.

A reception is scheduled for Thursday, August 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Penthouse Gallery of the Kilohana Building at the Kauai Marriott.

The public is invited and light refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 21 by calling the Kaua’i Historical Society at 245-3373.

The gathering is being sponsored by the Marriott Kauai Beach Club, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Kaua’i Historical Society.

“Kaua’i in History” is the latest in the series of Hawai’i-based historical guides to historical resources that have been published by the SFCA History and Humanities Program since 1986.

The work joins eight other titles, including one series which focused on Hawai’i’s various industries including pineapple, sugar, rice, ranching, maritime industries and coffee.

“Kaua’i in History” lists and describes Kaua’i-related books, manuscripts, maps, sites, photographs, oral histories and other historical resources.

The book is part of a new series that provides information and insights into the history of geographic areas in Hawai’i.

The volume was researched and annotated by Chris Cook, the New Media Manager of KauaiWorld.com, the Web site of The Garden Island.

Dolly Strazar, SFCA History and Humanities Coordinator, coordinated the project and edited the guide with the assistance of Mona Nakayama.

Cook is the author of “The Kaua’i Movie Book,” “The Garden Island Guide to Kaua’i,” and the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce’s recently published “Kaua’i – The Garden Island, A Pictorial History.” The cover of the guide is a reproduction of West Side artist Christine Faye’s artwork titled ‘Alekoko. The pen and ink drawing was acquired by the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Program and is part of the State Art Collection.

The new Kaua’i historical resources guide was produced in cooperation with the Kaua’i Historical Society, which is assisting the SFCA in its distribution of the book. Copies will be available for sale at the Marriott celebration, and at the Kaua’i Historical Society and cost $10 each, or $13.50 for mailed copies. The Kaua’i Historical Society is located in the former mayor’s office in the historic Kaua’i County Building.

“Kaua’i in History” will also soon be available in public libraries and other research facilities throughout Hawai’i.

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