It’s been over two and half years since I was last at the lovely Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle doing an author event. Overjoyed to announce I’m returning to this awesome, indie venue to launch my second book Hapa Tales and Other Lies: A Mixed Race Memoir About the Hawai‘i I Never Knew on September 19! As always, it’s very important to me to put on events that are community-collaborative; that share space while uplifting the work of others. So I am thrilled to also announce my launch will include four amazing Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Asian Am, and Mixed Race womxn/femme performers: Kalei‘okalani Onzuka, Selena Velasco, Marian Macapinlac, and Moonyeka (bios below). I’m more excited for this beautiful evening of music, dance, and words by womxn/femmes of color that I can express. Please do come join us next month: witness the beautiful performances of my sisters, hear me read from Hapa Tales, talk about the book’s inception, answer questions, purchase your copy and get it signed! We can’t wait to see you …
Hapa Tales and Other Lies Book Launch
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 – 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open 6:30p.
Facebook Event Page: Hapa Tales Launch @ Elliot Bay
CEREMONY & DANCE / HA‘API‘I KALEI‘OKALANI ONZUKA ~ Kalei‘okalani is founder and instructor of Huraiti Mana, a Polynesian dance troupe based in Seattle. Born and raised in Wai‘anae, O‘ahu, Kalei is of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Japanese, Chinese, and Black heritage. She began dancing at six years old with Lokelani Polynesian Revue in Nānākuli. After her ‘uniki, Kalei continued training with Polynesian Dance Troupe Ma‘ohi Nui, the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus Hawaiian Ensemble and with Aunty Makalapua of Hālau Hula ‘O Mililani of Wai‘anae. From her move to Washington in 2009 until 2016, Kalei taught Tahitian, hula, and Samoan dances at Seattle University for the Hui ‘O Nani Hawai‘i club. In 2016, she began teaching hula for Arts Corps and Families of Color Seattle (FŌCS). With Huraiti Mana, she opens her independent teachings to students of all ages, learning from each and instilling in each significant values of cultural exchange and identity.
PERFORMANCE ART / SELENA VELASCO ~ Selena is a Chamoru mother, queer nonbinary femme artist, poet and organizer, residing on occupied Duwamish/Coast Salish territory, who creates art through mixed media, collage, poetry and dance. Their art centers survivorship, reclamation of chamoru indigeneity, bodily autonomy, affirmations, and healing for queer and trans black, indigenous, people of color. Selena uses flowers throughout their art to honor matriarchs, queer and transcestors that came before them. They love practicing revolutionary parenting with their child, eating sweet treats and being a tender virgo.
MUSIC / MARIAN MACAPINLAC ~ Born and raised on Guam, Marian cut her teeth on sacred music, but in her teens turned to the church of rock ‘n’ roll. She is in several active Seattle bands including Spinster, Hotel Stella, and BFFs Forever & Ever Amen. She volunteers year-round with Rain City Rock Camp for Girls and is an advocate for the visual and performing arts at all levels of ability.
DANCE / MOONYEKA ~ Moonyeka is a sick and disabled queer Filipinx femme street-styles dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from. Her current projects for 2018 include expanding WHAT’S POPPIN’ LADIEZ?! into a mentorship program for young brown femmes of color, “In The White Frame”, a work exploring the multi-racial experience in “post-racial” America that will be premiered at Northwest New Works. She is a teaching artist for Arts Corps + Spectrum Dance Theater, and coaches LIL BROWN GIRLS CLUB.