Hawai'i author Tom Peek will read from his new book, "Daughters of Fire," at Baldwin Museum in Lahaina on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. He will also participate in Seven Hawaiian Voices at the Aloha Writers Conference, at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. He will also give a reading at Friends of the Library at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center (ground floor near Sears) in Kahului, on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m.
All gatherings are free and open to the public.
Peek's debut novel picks up Hawai'i's story where James Michener left off. Three Hawaiian women-a young activist, an anthropologist and an aging seer-call forth their deepest traditions to confront an extravagant resort development. A visiting astronomer stumbles into their world, falls in love with the anthropologist, and enters a Polynesian realm of volcanoes, gods and revered ancestors. But a murder on the lava and an impending eruption expose deep rifts in paradise.
At the Aloha Writers Conference, Peek will join Patricia Lei Murray, William Fernandez, Puakea Nogelmeier, Wayne Moniz, Keanu Sai, Kaui Sai-Dudoit, Katherine Smith, and Sydney Laukea on a panel on Hawaiian Voices from 6:30 -9 p.m., Ritz Carlton Hotel, Salon 4 Main meeting room.
For more information, contact Koa Books, 875-7995, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peek lived his early life on the Upper Mississippi. After hitchhiking by boat through the South Seas, he settled on the island of Hawai'i, where he's lived for two decades as a mountain and astronomy guide on Mauna Kea, and an eruption duty ranger and exhibit writer on Kilauea, working closely with Hawaiian elders and cultural practitioners.
"Daughters of Fire is a page-turning thriller on the surface, a deep meditation on culture one level down, a spiritual tour-de-force at the core." -Arthur Rosenfeld, tai chi master, TV host and novelist
"Tom Peek's new novel offers a window into the complex reality of life in contemporary Hawai'i. His understanding of place, culture, and current issues is deep and respectful, without being heavy-handed. Daughters of Fire is a terrific read Locals and visitors will be swept into the world of Pele and life on Moku o Keawe." -Maile Meyer, Native Books /N? Mea Hawai'i
"An epic tale steeped in culture, mythology and spirituality." -Misty Lynn-Sanico, HawaiiReads.com
Hundreds of islanders have attended his popular writing workshops on Hawai'i Island, Maui, and Lana'i. He lives with his wife, artist Catherine Robbins, in a rainforest cottage a few miles below Kilauea's erupting summit.