Lehua Parker

Talking Story


Feb. 28th: Creative Career Talk
—Salt Lake Center for Science Education, Rose Park

Mar. 31: PEAU Book Club: Pua’s Kiss discussion 
—PEAU Art Access Office, 7 pm

Apr. 10: National Pacific Islander Violence Prevention Conference
Why Pacific Voices Matter

May 7-9th: Storymakers, Provo, UT
Publishing with Ingram Spark


May 11 – June 9: Oahu Events

May 12-14th: Fantastic Literature of the Pacific Conference, UH Manoa, HI
—Featured Speaker
—Workshops

June 4-7th: Children’s Literature Hawai’i Conference, Oahu
—Keynote speaker, book signings, workshops
—Original play produced by Honolulu Theater for Youth


Sept. 17-19th: FanX, Salt Lake City
—book signing, panels

Nov. 8-13th: 20Books Vegas
—book signing



Originally from Hawaii and a Kamehameha Schools graduate, Lehua writes fiction set in the imaginary town of Lauele, Oahu. Her newest book, One Boy, No Water, Book 1 of The Niuhi Shark Saga, is scheduled for hardback and eBook publication on Sept. 22, 2012 by Jolly Fish Press.

The Niuhi Shark Saga books are written in American English with lots of dialogue in Hawaiian Pidgin. Hawaiian Pidgin, or just Pidgin as it is called in Hawaii, is a polyglot language with its roots in Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, and Filipino. Hawaiian Pidgin developed as people from all over the world came to Hawaii in the 1800s looking for a better life. Over time, Pidgin has evolved into a heavily English-based language while retaining its original syntax, grammar, and lilt. While almost everyone in Hawaii today speaks, reads, and writes standard American English, true communication, the kind that speaks from the heart is in Pidgin.

This blog is dedicated to all Pidgin speakers and the stories we tell.

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When you’re allergic to water,
growing up in Hawaii
isn’t always paradise.

With Niuhi sharks,
even out of the water,
you’re not safe.

Everything you thought you knew
about Zader is a  lie.