Hawai‘i’s Future

Hawai‘i’s Future
Softcover, 120 pp
Release Date: September 2020
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Hawai‘i’s future has been a growing concern for former governor George Ariyoshi for many years. In an interview with Civil Beat, Ariyoshi said, “I’m doing my book because I’m very concerned about the future,” he said. “I feel the future is not being addressed. And by that I mean the problems come up and people are not trying to address the problems.”

In his book, Hawai‘i’s Future, Ariyoshi poses the questions: “Are we doing this the right way? Can we do better?” Known for his leadership in long-range planning, the former governor offers a sweeping vision for managing growth and shaping Hawai‘i’s future for the generations to come.

The 120-page softcover book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run.

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Mindfulness with Aloha Breath

Mindfulness with Aloha Breath
Hardcover, 36 pp
Release Date: September 2020
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Written by Thao “Kale‘a” Le, PhD, MPH, a professor in Human Development and Family Studies, Mindfulness with Aloha Breath incorporates Aunty Pilahi Paki’s meaning of aloha as designated in the “Aloha Spirit Law” (HRS [§5-7.5]) and basic concepts of neurological and biological function in a simple, expressive lesson for children.

Dr. Le created the book 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, Aloha Breath was converted to e-book format for Amazon Kindle and Apple Books platforms.

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

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A Promise: A Vow of Love for Baby and a Message of Hope for Mom

A Promise: A Vow of Love for Baby and a Message of Hope for Mom

Hardcover, 36 pp
Release Date: September 2020
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A Promise: A Vow of Love for Baby and a Message of Hope for Mom was created by Hawai‘i family psychologist Dr. Annie Rohr to reassure new mothers that motherhood doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, and that it’s perfectly normal to struggle with adapting to life with a baby.

Rohr struggled herself with postpartum depression and wrote the book to create something that she felt would have helped her during those early days. In Rohr’s opinion, not enough is done to address postpartum mental health, and parenting discussions often fail to normalize the feelings of frustration, depression and isolation experienced by new mothers. Publications and social media emphasize the wonder of motherhood and that there’s a standard of “normal,” thereby increasing anxiety in women whose experiences don’t align. “I needed to hear that it’s all right to miss your old pre-motherhood life,” Rohr says. “I felt it was important to tell other moms, ‘I am a family psychologist, and this happened to me too.’ I want them to know that they aren’t doing anything wrong—their journey is just different. And most of all, it’s OK to ask for help.”

A Promise is presented in Rohr’s voice as a conversation directed to a newborn, with accompanying advice and affirmations for mothers. Rohr also includes a resource section with further guidance and a list of helpful organizations offering assistance with postpartum issues.

The 36-page hardcover, full-color book is a custom-quote project illustrated with original artwork provided as scans by the client.

A Promise is available via our online store and at local bookstores.

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HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers

Hardcover, with dustjacket, 160 pp
Release Date: November 2013
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To commemorate their 125th anniversary, HONOLULU Magazine decided to publish a hardcover collectible book assembling more than 350 of the magazine’s covers, representing nearly every year of its existence.

Chartered into commission by King David Kalākaua in January 1888, HONOLULU Magazine began as Paradise of the Pacific. Though it changed its name in 1966 to HONOLULU, the magazine has been in continuous publication for 125 years, making it one of the oldest magazines in the United States. It is currently owned by Honolulu publishing company PacificBasin Communications.

“A magazine cover is a work of art, a story and an advertisement all in one. When a magazine endures as long as this one, entire eras of design and writing styles will play across its face,” begins 125 Years of Covers. The book goes on to showcase the fascinating change over time in the look of the magazine from early covers featuring watercolor landscapes and pen-and-ink drawings; to its mid-century name change and frequent glamour-girl cover models; to its current incarnation emphasizing eye-popping photography, local celebrities and food, and “cover lines” advertising the content within. This is a transporting look back at the history of Hawai‘i, chronicled not just through the cover art, but encapsulated in descriptions written by A. Kam Napier, HONOLULU Magazine editor, 2005 – 2013.

This book is a custom, fabric-covered hardcover creation, with press-ready design files provided by the client. The cover is imprinted with gold foil stamping and is covered by a full-color dustjacket.

HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers is available via our online store and at local bookstores.

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With Honor and Compassion

With Honor and Compassion: The Saint Louis School Class of 1951—A Legacy of Excellence by Raymond J. Tam

Softcover, 128 pp
Release Date: February 2014
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With Honor and Compassion: The Saint Louis School Class of 1951—A Legacy of Excellence is a compilation of speeches and profiles of members of the Saint Louis Class of 1951 written by Raymond J. Tam (’51) to honor the accomplishments of his classmates. This book was produced as a special gift for the members of the class. Tam notes in the introduction: “Over the years, I have been privileged to speak on behalf of our class, the Saint Louis Class of 1951. Many of you may not have been present at some of these functions, so I thought I would share some of these talks with you.”

Tam previously worked with writer Lance Tominaga to issue his own memoir, A Saint Louis Man, also released through Legacy Isle Publishing.

This type of book can be created with the ‘Ohana Package or Professional Package.

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Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii

Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii
Yes! A Memoir of Hawaii by Walter A. Dods Jr., with Gerry Keir and Jerry Burris

Softcover, 256 pp
Release Date: December 2015

An avid philanthropist, Dods is donating all of his income from sales of his memoir to Aloha United Way.

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Politics, business and community interests often collide in modern Hawaii. In a small island state, there is no way to avoid it. One man who stood at the intersection of these three waves throughout his career is banker Walter Dods Jr.

Dods was born in Honolulu just before Pearl Harbor, the first of seven children in a close-knit family that struggled to pay its bills. From those modest beginnings, Dods grew to play a role in the modern history of Hawaii. He helped to sustain a political dynasty through his work for the campaigns of Gov. George Ariyoshi and Sen. Dan Inouye. He built the state’s largest and most successful business, First Hawaiian Bank/BancWest Corporation. His focus on community service and charitable fundraising has helped to support a society too often fractured by the divide between an immigrant, plantation past and the more modern forces of contemporary America.

This memoir describes many of the steps – and occasional missteps – along the way and concludes with Dods’ observations on the nature of power and ways in which Hawaii’s next generation can find success while staying true to “local values.”

This book is a customized version of the Professional Package, with increased print run and endflaps added to the softcover.

Yes! A Memoir of Hawaii is available via our online store and at local bookstores.

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