IN THE NEWS | 16th Annual Hawai’i Book & Music Festival Underway

In the News

The 16th annual Hawai’i Book & Music Festival (HBMF) kicked off on Friday, October 1st, and will be fully virtual once again this year.

Hosted in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, the festival runs through November 4th and will feature special guest speakers throughout, including international bestselling author and Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa, who have just published their new book, Peril.

HBMF’s 16th year focuses on the theme “Hawaii 2.0 — Model for the Planet?” The festival will feature daily events with local, national, and international authors, graphic novelists, poets, playwrights, music, media makers, and storytellers.

“Pivoting HBMF online provided us with an unexpected opportunity to expand our reach beyond the Islands,” said Executive Director Roger Jellinek in a press release. “And this year we have a number of outstanding international and national speakers, ranging from superstar photographer Dewitt Jones, to ‘Doughnut Economist’ Kate Raworth, to U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, and not least, our own Polyfantastica by Solomon Enos, and more, in addition to a strong crop of local authors.”

Oceanit will be involved in four speaking sessions during the festival:

Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan – October 13, 4:00pm: Sustainability Panel – Everyone Says Hawai’i Has to Diversify, But Diversify to What? (with Chad Blair, Nicole Lim, Omar Sultan)
Dr. Patrick K. Sullivan – October 14, 4:00pm: A Conversation with Roger Jelenik – A Different Model For Diversifying Hawaii’s Economy
Dr. Vinod Veedu – October 27, 5:30pm: Presentation – Innovation in Energy Transformation (with Marcel Honore)
Dr. Jeffrey Watumull – Oct 28, 5:30 pm: Presentation – A.I. to E.T.: The Future of Science & Technology and the Fate of Our Civilization and the Cosmos​

For the festival schedule, bios of all the 150 participants, and program updates, visit Get the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — @hawaiibookmusic #HBMF2021