Three Books for Christmas Gifts
By Local Authors and PUBLISHERS

Passion and Beauty” by author and photographer Heather Titus is an unusual coffee table book filled with photographs of Windward and East Oahu. With 125 photos of moments captured over 20 years, Titus focuses on ocean scenes, the Koolau Mountains, sunrises, moon rises and outdoor sports kayaking, fishing and boating.

The visual delights of the images are woven with romance, culture and community life. The romance is expressed through poetry of the Hawaii language, proverbs and the voice of individuals sharing their relationship with the Aina.

Author, publisher and photographer Heather Titus first came to Oahu in 1982 as a student to attend college studying the arts. Over time she took an interest in the Hawaiian culture, attending workshops with Na Pay Olohe founded by Kahuna Abraham Kawaii.

This new release of “Passion and Beauty” from publishers Hawaiian Lotus is a fine gift or personal possession that reflects life in this part of Oahu over those two decades of change while trying to remain a constant. It is available at most books stores on Oahu.

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Bess Press is at it again with a hilarious new book to commentate the 25th anniversary of the phenomena called Pidgin to da Max: “Pidgin to da Max 25th Anniversary Edition.” They have combined “Pidgin to da Max” and “Pidgin to da Max Hana Hou” into one book. It will be available Dec. 1 at Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii “at da ‘ewa end of da Ward Warehouse.”

Other Bess Press’ Pidgin products include “Pidgin to da Max” word magnets, “Hawaii to da Max: A Visitor’s Guide,” and “Pupus to da Max,” an illustrated guide to the “oh, so ono grinds” of Hawaii, all available now.

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If your Hawaiian language tastes are more traditional, take a look at “Learn Hawaiian at Home,” by Kahikahealani Wight, also via Bess Press. The introduction to Hawaiian takes an oral/aural approach to language learning. The one book course includes an illustrated 168-page textbook, with vocabulary, useful phrases, homework, self-tests, dialogs, answer key and glossaries.

Additionally, two CDs offer guided practice in pronunciation, as well as stories and songs about the island. The author holds a degree in Hawaiian studies from UH-Hilo and currently teaches beginning Hawaiian language at Kapilolani Community College.