African Americans in Hawaii: In Search of Identity

Author Event with Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara — Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal

160 Kamehameha Avenue in Downtown Hilo, between Haili Street and Kalakaua Street.

  • Author Event with Dr. Ayin Adams and Special Guest Helene Hale
    African Americans In Hawaii: A Search For Identity
    Saturday, April3, 2010
    2:00 pm

    Join us on Saturday, April 3rd as we welcome Dr. Ayin Adams, editor of African Americans In Hawaii: A Search For Identity. This new compilation celebrates the roles and achievements of African Americans in shaping the past and present of Hawaii. The reader will be left with a new awareness of and respect for African Americans in Hawaii after learning of their contributions to the whaling industry, medicine, business, education, science, civil service, the arts, social work , the military, and politics.
    Ayin Adams and  Helene Hale Ayin Adams is a performance artist, inspirational teacher and spiritual healer and has been published in numerous magazines, e–zines, and on–line publications. She is also author of five volumes of poetry, including the acclaimed The Woods Deep Inside Me. Adams was chosen as “Teacher of the Year 2008” by the International Peace Poem Awards Committee. She is the winner of the Pat Parker Poetry Award, the Audre Lorde Memorial Prose Prize Winner, Award Winner for Literary Excellence 2001, and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award. Wow!
    We are also very pleased to welcome special guest of honor Helene Hale to this event! Hale was the first woman of African descent to be elected to office in Hawaii. Celebrate with her as she is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in politics and education.
    Don’t miss this exciting event at Basically Books! For more information, please contact us.

  • Cover of *Tourmalines:  Beyond the Ebony Portal*
    Author Event with Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara
    Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal
    Saturday, April 3rd
    3:30 pm

    Our April 3rd celebration of African Americans in Hawaii continues at 3:30 as we welcome Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara! Dr. Takara will be presenting a collection of her poetry entitled Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal. This stirring collection focuses on Black history and African Americans, named and unnamed, represented by various colorful gemstones, with a variety of characteristics, properties and histories, and reflecting their unique experiences in their worlds. The themes include: African origins, myths, cosmology, colonialism, nature, spirituality, music, family, color and politics, oppression, courage, resistance, growth, modern issues, and transformation.
    Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara
    Dr. Kathryn Waddell Takara was born and raised in Alabama before moving to Oahu, and has recently retired as an Associate Professor from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She taught in the Ethnic Studies Department, where she developed courses in African American and African politics, history, literature, and culture. Her poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of publications. Takara holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in French and has taught, advised, and mentored innumerable students. She has read and performed her poetry and lectured extensively in many venues.

If you are unable to attend the upcoming readings, please buy the books!


Kim McMillon


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