Hilo reading brings out Big Island kupuna

Tom was the guest presenter at a May 25th “Senior Lectures” session sponsored by the Big Island’s Kamana Senior Center and held on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.  He read several excerpts from Daughters of Fire and shared the “story behind the story” with a brief PowerPoint presentation. (Photos by Catherine Robbins)



Lecture series coordinator Irene Wegmann introduces Tom to the kupuna; Tom introduces the novel’s central characters using one of the book’s beautiful illustrations by artist John Dawson (http://jdawsonillustration.com).


Tom reads the contemporary novel’s gripping historical prologue, set during the calamitous 1801 eruption of Hualalai volcano in Kona.




Tom signs copies of the novel and chats with the seniors (above); Tom’s wife Catherine Robbins discusses the event with Michael and Irene Wegmann (below left); the lecture was held at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) offices on the UH-Hilo campus (below right). Mahalo to IfA’s Ruisheng Peng for technical support.


For information about the Kamana Senior Center Thursday morning lecture series, or to register, contact Carol LaFond at 808-339-7270 or visit http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-elderly/.