Bill Fernandez
Hawaiian Author
Bill Fernandez Kaua'i, Hawaii
The Author on the back porch where he grew up
Kapa'a, Kaua'i, Hawaii

Bill Fernandez

Hawaiian Novelist & Historian

Author of "Rainbows Over Kapa'a"

    San Jose CA Mercury News review.

"E Komo Mai"
means: welcome to my home.

In it, let's talk story.

When I was born, it was the heyday of the sugar plantations on Kaua'i. My part Hawaiian parents operated a movie theater in the small, multi-racial town of Kapa'a. The town mirrored the rainbow society of Hawaii produced by the importation of workers from many lands across the world to work in the plantations. Barefoot, brown as a nut, I went to school with children of many colors and cultures, learning to live with multi-races on an island of stunning beauty, surrounded by a huge ocean.

Realizing the value of an education, my Euro-Hawaiian family sent me to the bigger world of America where I graduated from Stanford University. With a law degree and a family, I settled in Sunnyvale, California, where my public service led to appointment as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County.

Yet my success in this larger world left a sense of emptiness within me. Hawaiians, who shared everything and never owned anything, were drowning in a new culture of capitalism and private property. This is why I decided to write novels to depict the common Hawaiians' points of view as they struggled to adapt to changing times and politics.

My first novel: Splintered Paddle, deals with slavery and human sacrifice in the time of King Kamehameha's wars of conquest. The second novel, John Tana, tells the story of a clash of cultures. A young Hawaiian man is dispossessed of his land by the sugar plantation and is forced to cope with a new world of capitalism and private property.

My family history book, Rainbows Over Kapa'a, is now published and available for purchase. It tells the story of the struggle of my parents to succeed in the paternalistic world of the sugar plantations.

The third novel, Cult of Ku, is a fast-paced murder mystery set in 1920 Honolulu, involving ritualistic murders set in ancient temples (heiau), high speed chases and romance amidst labor unrest, the consequences of importing labor to the plantations, discrimination by descendants of missionary families and the expansion of the Japanese Empire into the Pacific.

I'll Do It Tomorrow is my memoir of barefoot years growing up in Kapa'a.

I love to talk story about my barefoot days in Kapa'a so please feel free to ask me! People love the kanikapila (singing) and hearing about hukilau, the movies, GIs and the storms. All free, of course. Please go to the Contact page and drop a line.

E Komo Mai, come into my house and read my stories. Mahalo and aloha.