Fernandez discusses latest book in Princevile

  • Judith Fernandez / Special to The Garden Island

    Bill Fernandez, author of nine books, is having a launch party for his latest work, “Splintered Paddle: A Novel of Kamehameha the Great,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Princeville Public Library.

PRINCEVILLE — Kauai author Bill Fernandez will give a presentation on his book, “Splintered Paddle: A Novel of Kamehameha the Great,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Princeville Public Library.

His newest work is “a historical novel set during the period of Kamehameha the Great’s battles to consolidate the Hawaiian Islands” and “stars a fierce-yet-tender-hearted young warrior determined to bring security to his family.”

Kirkus Reviews calls the novel “an action-packed adventure” with “a wealth of historical and cultural minutiae, and an engaging protagonist.”

There will be time for questions after the talk. The book will be available for purchase.

Half-Native Hawaiian, Fernandez graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Stanford University and law school.

Born and raised on Kauai, he writes memoirs and novels set in the islands and featuring Native Hawaiian heroes while

sitting in the Kapaa house his mother bought with her pineapple cannery earnings in the 1920s.

Fernandez serves on a social service agency board, Hale ‘Opio, was appointed by the governor to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Commission, and served as president of the Kauai Historical Society.

His other books include three memoirs: “Rainbows Over Kapaa,” “Kauai Kids in Peace and War,” and “Hawaii in War and Peace.”

His novels include “John Tana: An Adventure Tale of Old Hawaii,” “Cult of Ku: A Hawaiian Murder Mystery,” “Crime & Punishment in Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Rebellions” and “Gods, Ghosts, and Kahuna on Kauai.”

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