Author celebrates 90th birthday with book release

  • Laurel Smith/The Garden Island

    Bill Fernandez sits on the porch of his family home in Kapa’a. The retired judge is an author of three memoirs and nine historical fiction books about Hawaiian history. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Oct. 11.

When Bill Fernandez works on a novel, he spends hours at a time researching and writing in his office, a converted garage behind his childhood home that his parents first bought in 1927, when his mother worked in a pineapple cannery making just 25 cents a day.