Book Pavilion: ReadAbility at Pac Rim


Book Pavilion
Monday, October 9, 2017 to Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Start Time: 

8:00 AM

End Time: 

9:00 PM
The Modern Honolulu

The first-ever literary showcase at Pac Rim brings together writers and readers to celebrate storytelling, literacy and the creative spirit. Book Pavilion is a curated engagement of illuminating conversations at the intersections of disability, diversity and wordcraft.

In an intimate salon-style setting, book lovers will explore recent writing from award-winning, bestselling and emerging literary voices in fiction and nonfiction alike. Our lineup features author presentations, panel discussions, dramatic readings, poetry jams, cooking demos, memoir writing workshops and more.

Books inspire and empower people of all abilities to share their stories and to use storytelling to spark enlightened change. Stay tuned for updates about Book Pavilion 2017. Spread the word!

Call for Proposals - Book Pavilion

The first-ever literary showcase at Pac Rim will be held October 9-11 in The Modern Honolulu’s Study Lounge and other inviting spaces. Book Pavilion brings together writers and readers to explore disability and diversity themes across various forms of the written word. Speaker applications are now open. If you are a writer, have a book or story and can illuminate our global community of disability and diversity stakeholders, we want to hear from you. We’re especially eager to solicit proposals from scribes interested in sharing practical skills.

Below are programming slots we’re seeking to fill. Applicants can select from this list or suggest original content. The key is to engage the Pac Rim audience in sessions, panels and How To’s that will inspire, motivate and empower.

  • Story Trek: Storytellers spin live yarns.
  • Drama Queens: Script reading.
  • License to Thrill: A poetry Jam, for all you closet creatives.
  • What’s Your Story? Memoir writing workshop.
  • Writing a Scholarly Article
  • Fiction Memoir Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Kids’ Corner
  • Hip-hop Hour
  • Humor
  • Literacy presentations, panels and workshops (more to come)
  • Tea with Dr. James Doty, author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
  • Documentary Scriptwriting Workshop with God Knows Who I Am filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider
  • Art-book Salon with Tom di Maria, author, The Creative Growth Book: From the Outside to the Inside: Artists with Disabilities Today
  • Food for Thought with Jessica Fechtor, author, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home
  • Let’s Get Graphic illustrated roundtable with comic book/graphic novel creators: Stacey Hayashi, author/illustrator, Journey of Heroes; Christopher Caravalho, Founder, Mana Comics; creator, 'Aumākua Guardians of Hawaii; Napua Ahina, colorist, Touching Evil series; and moderator Roy Chang, author/illustrator, Aloha Pepe.
  • Community Reads: Co-sponsored with the Waikiki Community Center Book Club and Kalihi-Palama Public Library (invited)
  • Talking Books audio book listening party. (TBD)
  • Touching Tales: Braille and large-print books

Call for Proposals Application Form

Book Pavilion Application Form [Doc Format | PDF Format]

How To Workshops

Book Pavilion is a parley to explore storytelling ideas, but it's also a classroom to exchange pragmatic instruction. Through supportive "How To" workshops, conference-goers will learn the essentials of the expressive arts and enhance their chances of publication. Topics range from drafting and submitting a professional article to creating dimensional fictional characters to penning a resonant memoir. Other sessions include a hands-on panel about comic books, a poetry writing masterclass and a literacy seminar. Led by bestselling authors and creatives as well as experts whose scholarly work appear in leading journals, sessions will address writing anxieties and habits and how to avoid common mistakes that scholarly writers make when submitting articles to journals. 

A snapshot of of one the Book Pavilion’s many panels!

Comic Book Cover: Mana Double Feature

Panel Discussion #1: Let’s Get Graphic

The pantheon of superheroes abounds in outsiders with different abilities. Whether literally or symbolically, themes of diversity and disability are intrinsic to comic book culture. How are characters of varied backgrounds and capacities represented in this popular genre? What goes into making their stories come to life? How can graphic arts and comics enhance your personal or professional communications? Join top talents of the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance on a creative adventure and crack the secrets of sequential art.


Photo: Christopher Caravalho

Christopher Caravalho, Founder, Mana Comics; creator, 'Aumākua Guardians of Hawaii.’ Christopher Caravalho is an , independent self published comic book creator and Founder of MANA COMICS. He grew up on Oahu and is a full time Police Officer for the Honolulu Police Department. In his free time he writes and draws comics. Mana Comics features Heroes from Hawaii and celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity which is a reflection of Local Life in Hawaii.

Photo: Stacey Hayashi

Stacey Hayashi, author/illustrator, Journey of Heroes. Stacey Hayashi is a Hawaii-based serial entrepreneur and founder of the successful PainaGirl family of websites, which includes Hawaiian Wedding Shop. A former software engineer before starting her own companies, Stacey is one of the earliest pioneers in the development of internet-based businesses focused on the manufacturing and distribution of Hawaiian products, and brings a formidable set of planning and operational skills to both her technology-based businesses as well as the multitude of social and advocacy enterprises that she devotes her time to. Her historically accurate manga Journey of Heroes, which she wrote and published in 2012, is internationally-acclaimed, garnering media attention in the US, Japan, Italy and France. In addition to her manga, she has executive produced two films (short narrative and documentary) about Herb Yanamura, Military Intelligence Service linguist, and the Battle of Okinawa, which screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2015. She is currently screenwriter and executive producer for the unnamed 100th/442/MIS origins film project for the 442nd RCT Foundation.

Stacey is an expert on the 100th, 442nd, and MIS veterans, and has been a featured speaker at numerous events, book signings, and venues, among them: the 100th Infantry Battalion anniversary banquet, the Joint Memorial Service (100th/442nd/MIS) at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (Maui), Seattle Nisei Veterans Memorial Hall for the Nisei Veterans Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, Building 640 at the Presidio (MIS Museum part of the National Park Service), the Hawaii Army Museum, Bruyeres City Hall (France), Nagasaki University (Japan), the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, and Living History Day featured author at the Pacific Aviation Museum as well as many book signings at the Pacific Historic Sites Pearl Harbor Visitors Center.

Photo: Napua Ahina

Napua Ahina was born in Honolulu and spent a lot of time in the hospital when she was a kid. Even though she was too young to read, she used to buy Archie comics from the gift shop just to look at the art. Years later she finally read her first comic book, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TPB, from the public library. She became obsessed with comics (mostly Marvel Comics) and transformed into a full-fledged comic book geek... and even ended up having a superhero themed wedding!

For 15 years she had a career in graphic design and web development. And in the last few years she started digital painting as a hobby just for fun. It was only because of the encouragement and support of Sam Campos that she was inspired to turn her hobby into a profession. She is currently coloring Pineapple Man's new graphic novel "Old School Lock Up," does collaborative work with the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance, provides flat colors for an award-winning comic series, and was recently picked up by a small publisher on the mainland. 

Photo: Roy Chang

Moderated by Roy Chang, Editorial Cartoonist for MidWeek and author/illustrator of Aloha Pepe. Roy Chang is an art teacher, editorial cartoonist and freelance illustrator. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and earned his Masters in Education degree from the the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is also a two time Pa'i award winning Editorial Cartoonist for MidWeek, Hawai'i s largest read non-daily newspaper.