A Question of Loyalty


A Question of Loyalty
by Mike Malaghan

Softcover, 440 pp
Release Date: April 2020
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A Question of Loyalty celebrates the “no retreat” Japanese Americans who fought the war on two fronts—from the heroics of the famed 100th Battalion on the battlefields of Italy to the bitter struggle against dishonor and humiliation at home. In this sequel to his novel Picture Bride, Mike Malaghan continues the story of Haru Takayama, the proud Japanese immigrant who makes Hawaii her home and raises her children as loyal Americans. But Haru’s world changes forever when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, her husband is arrested and a son is discharged from his ROTC unit simply for wearing the face of the enemy, and two other children find themselves trapped in Japan.

Following a decades-long career as a businessman in Asia, Malaghan found inspiration in The First Battle, a 2006 film about a group of multi-ethnic civilian and military leaders who monitored race relations in Hawaii during World War II and lent support to the Japanese community. “Only 2,000 of Hawaii’s 140,000 Japanese were imprisoned or interned,” Malaghan says, “rather than all of them, as in California. But why? I knew that was my story. A Question of Loyalty is the second book of my ‘Picture Bride’ trilogy, but it’s really where I started, with the idea of following the young men of the famous Nisei 442nd Regiment.”

This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run.

A Question of Loyalty is available via our online store, local bookstores and via online booksellers.

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Soular Rainbows

Soular Rainbows by Shay Bintliff
Softcover, 76 pp
August 2019
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Soular Rainbows, a collection of poetry by retired Hawai‘i physician Shay Bintliff, is a prismatic refraction of the author’s life—reflections and colorful bursts of light manifested in poetic expression. Doc Shay, as she is known to her patients and friends, grew up in a household crowded with dominant males, feeling that what she said was not heard. Inspired by a book of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems given to her by a great-aunt—and advised to “find your voice in writing”—she taught herself to speak up using the power of her pen. Soular Rainbows is a follow-up to her first book of poetry, Soular Energy (Ho‘onanea Publishing, 2008).

While Bintliff is known for her sense of humor—she was a childhood vaudevillian and writes the weekly humor column “Laughter Therapy” for West Hawaii Today—her poetry explores not just the joyful aspects of life and love, but the sadness, pain and fear of missed opportunities, absent loved ones and aging, as well as introspective musings on questions without easy answers. Both of her books were inspired by and dedicated to the memory of her granddaughter, Ilieana, who lost a four-year battle with cancer at age eleven. Bintliff donates the proceeds from book sales to Camp Ānuenue, a summer camp on O‘ahu for children with cancer.

This book is a custom-quote project, largely based on the Photo Legacy Package, including four-color art on each page.

Soular Rainbows: A Collection of Poetry is available via our online store and at local bookstores

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Today’s Thought


Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message
by Norman H. Osumi

Softcover, 272 pp
Release Date: September 2013
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For more than 35 years, Rev. Paul S. Osumi inspired generations of readers with his daily newspaper column, “Today’s Thought.” Thousands of copies of his simple aphorisms were clipped and saved. After the pastor’s death in 1996, his son Norman Osumi received many inquiries about publishing a new collection of “Today’s Thoughts.” Because three small volumes had already been published by Rev. Osumi himself, Norman felt that any collection “would need something more.” Thus began a decade-long project to research his father’s life, with the goal of including a biography to add context to a new collection of “Thoughts.” In addition to the biography and hundreds of favorite “Thoughts,” Norman included select inspirational speeches delivered by Rev. Osumi throughout his years of ministry as well as photographs and letters from the family’s personal collection in his softcover book Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message.

“My father’s words had a great impact on my life,” Norman says, “and on so many others’ too. People needed guidance in their lives and he tried to provide that. Father’s daily sayings gave people in Hawai‘i a set of values for living happy and meaningful lives. If by reading this book, they can gain some insight to live a better life, I will be happy.”

This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run.

Today’s Thought—Rev. Paul Osumi: The Man & His Message is available via our online store and at local bookstores, as well as select churches and hospital gift shops.

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The Society of Seven


The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands
by Frances Kirk

Softcover, 368 pp
Release Date: December 2013
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For five decades—from their early years in Hong Kong as the Fabulous Echoes to standing-room-only performances in clubs and concert halls around the world—the saga of the Society of Seven has been one of the most enduring success stories in show business. After encouragement from friends, the group’s longtime confidante and manager, Frances Kirk, sat down to recount her personal journey with the band, which happens to be deeply enmeshed with the history of the group itself. In her memoir, The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands, Kirk recounts the wild ride of a revolving cast of world class entertainers, who overcame dramatic turnover and personal tragedy to build a unique legacy in the rough-and-tumble world of showbiz.

A savvy businesswoman born and raised in Hong Kong, Kirk joined the family business, Diamond Music Company, in 1960 when her father fell gravely ill. She went on to establish the company’s recording department and concert promotion arm, building Diamond Music into a major player in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong, Singapore and Southeast Asia. In 1980 Kirk was appointed entertainment director at Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, where her duties included promoting and booking talent at the Outrigger Main Showroom and later the Polynesian Palace.

The Society of Seven is a 362-page softcover book with black-and-white photo insert sections.

This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run.

The Society of Seven: Last of the Great Show Bands is available via our online store and at local bookstores, as well as select churches and hospital gift shops.

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A Saint Louis Man

A Saint Louis Man: The Story of Hawai‘i’s Ray Tam by Lance Tominaga

Hardcover w/ dustjacket, 128 pp
Release Date: September 2013
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Attorney Ray Tam always regretted that his paternal grandparents passed away without leaving any record of their long and interesting lives, and thus resolved to leave his own story for his children and grandchildren. Working with biographer Lance Tominaga—author of the Clarence T.C. Ching biography A Prophecy Fulfilled—Tam pays tribute to the life lessons learned at alma mater Saint Louis School with his own book, A Saint Louis Man. Also greatly inspired by his father, who left school after the fourth grade to help support his family (“You will be what I cannot be!” he told Ray), Tam went from country town to big-city courtroom to the People’s Republic of China, in a career that included guiding a Hawai’i law firm employing some of the biggest names in Hawai’i law and politics, raising the bar in personal injury litigation, and establishing the China Program, a celebrated international effort which assists the Chinese in the drafting of their laws and the establishment of the Rule of Law in China.

This type of book can be created with the ‘Ohana Package or Professional Package, customized to have a hardcover with dustjacket.

A Saint Louis Man: The Story of Hawai‘i’s Ray Tam is available via our online store and at local bookstores.

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My Heartfelt Will

My Heartfelt Will by Stephen B. Yim

Softcover, 46 pp
Release Date: May 2012
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Estate lawyer Stephen B. Yim came to us with the idea of creating a printed workbook for his clients. Stephen’s philosophy is that estate planning “means not only making a sound legal estate plan, but also involves writing down one’s memories, hopes, and wishes for their loved ones.” With this in mind, he drafted a document framework that he could give to clients to complete, but he felt that a bound book would make a more attractive keepsake for clients and their heirs. In addition, he preferred the idea of a legacy item that would contain the clients’ handwriting, over a packet of pages printed out by a client from their home computer.

My Heartfelt Will was intended to be as much an heirloom as it is an accompaniment to the legal estate plan. (It is not, on its own, a legal document.) Stephen’s clients are now able to review estate planning advice and compose their answers to his guided questions in a bound workbook.

My Heartfelt Will is available for clients of the law firm, and will be available to the general public for purchase in the future.

This type of book can be created with the Photo Legacy Package.

For more information on Stephen Yim’s estate planning practice, visit the firm’s website. A future update to the site will include more information on how non-clients can obtain a copy of My Heartfelt Will.

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Judge Arthur S.K. Fong

Judge Arthur S.K. Fong: Living A Life That Matters by Jerry Burris

Hardcover w/ dustjacket, 112 pp
Release Date: July 2014
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Judge Arthur S.K. Fong’s memoir, Judge Arthur S.K. Fong: Living A Life That Matters, takes its title from one of his favorite poems, “A Life That Matters.” Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. / It’s not a matter of circumstances, but of choice. / Choose to live a life that matters. “There are always periods of high and low moments in life,” Judge Fong observes. “In my professional life, we are proudest when tough problems are solved. I have lived and participated in the most dramatic, exciting time in Hawaiian history. Some of the records of what happened during those years are forever lost. Most of my contemporaries are now long gone, or their memories faded. I wanted my story to be written so my great-grandchildren and the generations to follow would have some insight into my involvement in Hawai‘i’s history.” Fong also credits the “constant, insistent prodding” of his eldest son, Peter, with motivating him to work with veteran biographer Jerry Burris to chronicle his life story.

After earning a law degree and a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan, Fong, the grandson of Chinese immigrants, went on to distinguish himself in the legal profession, imposing strict standards of professionalism upon himself and those around him. As a confidant of such leaders as Governors William F. Quinn, John A. Burns and George R. Ariyoshi, he helped guide the Islands into statehood and through the challenging years that followed.

This type of book can be created with the ‘Ohana Package or Professional Package, customized to have a hardcover with dustjacket.

Judge Arthur S.K. Fong: Living A Life That Matters is available via our online store and at local bookstores.

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The Greater Good

The Greater Good – Life Lessons from Hawai‘i’s Leaders by Evan and Keri Leong

Softcover, 220 pp
Release Date: November 2007
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Business owners Evan and Kari Leong wanted a companion book product featuring guests they had hosted on their community-orientated radio show, Greater Good Radio, and television shows, Greater Good TV and Greater Good Moments, to extend their Greater Good brand: After hundreds of hours of interviews for the shows, the Leongs realized that the foundation of success is built upon seven core values. They took the interviews and divided them into chapters illustrating these core values to create a book that complements the guests’ appearances on the Greater Good shows and shares the Greater Good philosophy.

Aimed at students, budding entrepreneurs, established businessmen, career men and women, and ordinary individuals struggling to find meaning in their lives, The Greater Good – Life Lessons from Hawai‘i’s Leaders blends instructional, motivational and inspirational anecdotes from some of the most successful business and community leaders in Hawai‘i.

This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run. The client also did a short run printing of a hardcover edition.

To purchase The Greater Good, visit the Greater Good book site.

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild
e-book only
Release Date: October 2013
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High school student Casey Doyle took the classic Jack London story, The Call of the Wild and illustrated and adapted the tale for younger readers. Aimed at young readers, Casey’s goal with her telling of The Call of the Wild was to make classic literature more accessible in these modern times and encourage children to read the same stories generations before have enjoyed.

The publication of The Call of the Wild is the outgrowth of Casey’s 10th grade International Baccalaureate project which required students to create something based on their passions. Casey loves classic literature and art, so she decided to help bring that love into the lives of children.

This is an e-book only creation, using client-provided scans of Casey’s original acrylic paintings.

The Call of the Wild is available at Amazon.com and will also be made available at the iTunes Bookstore in the near future.

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Akahai

Akahai
Hardcover, 36 pp
Release Date: August 2021
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What does it mean to be kind? How do we decide who deserves kindness? Venturing through the beautiful Hawai‘i rainforest, Keiki encounters Nēnē, Pueo, Kolohala, Moa, Poloka, and Pua‘a, who provide the perfect opportunity for Keiki to practice loving kindness with the magical Akahai backpack. But does Kopiana, who hurt poor Nēnē, deserve Keiki’s help?

Written by Thao “Kale‘a” Le, PhD, MPH, a professor in the Human Development and Family Studies program in the Family Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa, Akahai is a creative narrative for encouraging loving kindness. Akahai is the first concept in ALOHA, as espoused by the teachings of Native Hawaiian poet and philosopher Aunty Pīlahi Pākī, otherwise known as the “Aloha Spirit Law,” HRS [§5-7.5].

Covers Hawaii Content & Performance Standards Database III Content Area: Health
Standard 1: Core Concepts – Understand concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention (Mental and Emotional Health); Standard 3: Self-Management – Practice Health: Enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks (Mental and Emotional Health, Factors Influencing Health Across Topic Areas); Standard 4: Analyzing Influences – Understand the influences of culture, family, peers, media, technology, and other factors on health; Standard 5: Interpersonal Communication – Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health; Standard 6: Decision-Making and Goal-Setting – Use decision-making and goal-setting skills to enhance health

This is the second book in Dr. Le’s series designed to teach children about using breath to connect with ALOHA as a mindfulness practice. 

The 36-page hardcover, full-color book is a custom-quote project illustrated with original artwork provided in digital format by the client. In addition to the print edition, Akahai was converted to e-book format for Amazon Kindle and Apple Books platforms.

Akahai is available via our online store and has been distributed through the author’s efforts via partnerships with educational organizations.

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