By: Rick Blangiardi
One of the great things about Hawaii is our tradition of storytelling. Those times of "talk-story" are how we learn about each other, and they're a crucial part of making our state the wonderful land of aloha that it is.
The best "talk-story" time all year happens this weekend, May 3 and 4, on the grounds of Honolulu Hale. It's the 9th annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii, and it's entirely free, even the parking.
This year there are over 150 different events with more than 600 different authors, musicians and performers. Be sure to bring the keiki for special storybook readings and PBS kids' appearances.
You can meet Pulitzer Prize-winning novelists, see prize-winning hula halau direct from the Merrie Monarch Festival, listen to great slack key, and hear local authors discussing tales of Hawaii's past and Hawaii's future. Proceeds benefit Hawaii literacy and read-to-me international.
There's a link to the schedule on our Hawaii News Now website. Come out and enjoy the Hawaii Book and Music Festival this weekend. You'll be doing yourself a favor, and you'll be doing Hawaii some good.