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Born and raised in Hawaii and now living in New York City. Working in the youngest department in the oldest independent publishing house. Tiny but fierce.

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Cherry blossoms in NYC
Sunday, June 12, 2011 2:35:02 AM

I never thought I'd see cherry blossoms in New York City. And I was wrong! The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a yearly [url=

bad poet
Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:40:58 AM

After a week of madly working on my M.A. thesis for 8-12 hours a day, my brain came up with this haiku: a paper monster thesis is thirty pages only section one!

no winter, no problems: scientifically proven!
Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:50:21 AM


New book offers rich stories of life - Lee Cataluna reviews "In the Company of Strangers"
Sunday, December 13, 2009 9:37:08 PM

[b]New book offers rich stories of life[/b] by Lee Cataluna, [i]Advertiser Columnist[/i] Friday, December 4, 2009 Late one night, Michelle Cruz Skinner wrote about a guy she didn't actually know ...

2009 Hawaii Book and Music Festival
Monday, May 25, 2009 11:00:45 AM

Just like locals know it will rain at the Punahou Carnival, we also know that it will be the opposite for the [b]Hawaii Book and Music Festival[/b]: hot with only a few breezes. Saturday, May 16th, ...

Islands Linked by Ocean book launch!
Friday, March 27, 2009 12:01:01 AM

For Lisa Linn Kanae’s book launch at UH Manoa on March 19th, I made sure to arrive early. Why? I knew I had a spot reserved in the Second Great Condom Race! The backstory: Since I hadn’t seen the ...

Islands Linked by Ocean pre-launch
Thursday, March 12, 2009 3:17:18 PM

Alternate title: [i]"If you didn't come to the pre-launch at KCC, definitely come to the book launch at UH on March 19th!"[/i] The number one reason why you should arrive at Bamboo Ridge ...

Bamboo Ridge is now on Facebook too!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 12:28:05 AM

If you are one of the millions of people using Facebook, take a look at our new Bamboo Ridge Press fan page! [url=

Not. Pau. Yet!
Friday, December 12, 2008 7:18:59 PM

What do two editors get after thirty years, ninety issues, and countless discussions/ruminations/days of "What is local literature?" A birthday bash, that's what! December 5th, 2008 begins ...

an hour in the life of Aloha Shorts
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:56:05 AM

On Tuesday, October 14, I just happened to be driving at 6:40 pm. I turned on the radio and suddenly the sounds of pidgin filled my car. I thought, "Who is this?" followed by "Wait … ...

books, books, books (and music!)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:04:22 PM

Ten o'clock on an already hot Saturday morning, only the start of what's going to be a hot hot hot summer in Hawaii. Lots of parking at City Hall, but it has also been the month of the vog, so the two ...

that's Bamboo Ridge for you
Tuesday, May 06, 2008 3:12:42 PM

Around one hundred people came to UH's Campus Center Ballroom to hear stories from from issue 91. I suspect many of them came for Gerry Lopez, the surfer pictured on [url=]91's ...

it happened one night
Monday, March 17, 2008 3:57:33 PM

On Tuesday, March 11th, at 7:00 P.M., I was at the Manoa Valley Theatre, marveling at the size of the crowd. Bamboo Ridge's 30th anniversary "roast and toast" was about to start, and I had ...

Darek and Errel articles
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:46:55 AM

[url= bizarreness
Sunday, February 03, 2008 7:36:51 PM

Barnes & Noble's website has a book titled [u]Bamboo Ridge Journal[/u], published by the Islander Group, and edited by "Grik Chock". But Grik Chock isn't even the best part! it's actually ...

book kooks 2008
Monday, December 17, 2007 5:31:51 PM

I keep forgetting to write about this so here's a fast post: Michael Ondaatje will be at the 2008 Hawaii Book and Music Festival. YAY! Now where is my copy of [u]The English Patient[/u]?!? Must try ...

Bamboo bagatelles
Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:38:24 PM

from my notes at the most recent Bamboo Ridge meeting: Keep March 11th, 2008 open. Just in case. I'm not sure why the term "Mango Season" came up (I was getting confused by member benefits ...

night of the pineapple horrors ... part 2
Sunday, September 30, 2007 10:36:20 PM

Last Thursday, I discovered something about Mavis Hara's "An Offering of Rice": the scene where Tatsue slices off her fingertip JUST GETS WORSE with subsequent readings! Because of Eric Chock's ...

Los Lonely Boys and Chang-Rae Lee
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 8:33:16 PM

One of those combinations you thought was impossible. Not at! Last Thursday I saw Los Lonely Boys at Aloha Tower. I believe it was the Advertiser (TGIF?) that said they were great live, ...

No corners in heaven
Sunday, September 16, 2007 1:12:39 PM

Picture Darrell Lum and Eric Chock starting Bamboo Ridge Press … at age 2. Terribly talented toddlers, wouldn't you agree? Just ask Darrell; he insists this is so. Thirty years and ninety issues later, ...

booze, food, and !BOOKS!
Sunday, September 09, 2007 3:45:32 PM

I took the accent test: North Central, or Minnesota. I laughed at the last line of the description, which says: "Outsiders probably mistake you for a Canadian a lot." I lived in Toronto for ...

Now you can find what you're looking for
Sunday, September 02, 2007 2:59:08 PM

Coming soon: a database of every single Bamboo Ridge Press issue ever published! That's just about THIRTY YEARS' worth of your favorite local literature. 90 regular issues (including Mavis Hara's upcoming ...