‘Images of America’ focuses on Kapaa

The Kapaa Neighborhood Center will be hosting a book release party for “Images of America: Kapaa,” which details the history of Kapaa, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The book release event will kick off with a proclamation from Mayor Bernard Carvalho and a PowerPoint presentation put together by Judie Fernandez, one of the book’s authors. After the presentation, there will be entertainment and a chance to buy a copy of the book.

The book was written by local authors Marta Hulsman, Wilma Chandler, Bill and Judie Fernandez, Linda Kaialoa, Linda Moriarty, and Herman Texeira and was published by Arcadia Publishing in their Images of America series.

“Arcadia Publishing contacted me last April and asked if I wanted to do this,” said Hulsman, manager of the Kapaa Neighborhood Center. “They sent me come copies of the series and I thought, it’s mostly pictures – I could do this.”

Hulsman brought five other authors on board for the project and then came up with the idea of using the book as a fundraiser.

“I went to the senior committee and asked them,” Hulsman said. “They agreed, so really this is a labor of love.”

The book was published on Aug. 17 and Hulsman said she’s already sold 60 copies at $22 a piece.

The writing team broke the book up into chapters, with each focusing on a specific section, gathering stories and photos of the town’s history.

“We’ve shared the stories with some of the seniors that have lived in Kapaa their entire lives, and some of them hadn’t heard them,” Hulsman said. “We got some great information.”

Hulsman said the team also shared information with the Kauai Historical Society and is donating photos the society doesn’t have for its collection.

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