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July 30th – Celebrating HULA by Jasmin Iolani Hakes

Bel Canto Books is honored to host debut novelists Jasmin Iolani Hakes and Diane Marie Brown to celebrate HULA

Sunday, July 30 · 4 – 6pm | Click here for info.

KUBO LB 3976 Atlantic Avenue Long Beach, CA 90807

Bel Canto Books is honored to host a celebration of HULA, the debut novel by Jasmin Iolani Hakes. Jasmin will be in conversation with Diane Marie Brown of BLACK CANDLE WOMEN.

Please RSVP so we can plan for event setup. This is an indoor event. Please stay home if you feel sick.

Copies of HULA can be ordered here for local pickup or shipping.


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3:45pm – Event check-in starts

4:00pm – Event welcome and author introductions

4:15pm-5:00pm – Author reading, conversation and Q&A

5:00pm – Book signing and private shopping time

6:00pm – Event ends


Set in Hilo, Hawai’i, HULA is a sweeping saga of tradition, culture, family, history, and connection that unfolds through the lives of three generations of women—a brilliant blend of There, There and Sharks in the Time of Saviors that is a tale of mothers and daughters, dance and destiny, told in part in the collective voice of a community fighting for its survival.

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Jasmin Iolani Hakes was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee. She is the recipient of a 2018 Hedgebrook residency. Hula out now with HarperVia, is her debut novel. She lives in Southern California.


Diane Marie Brown is a professor at Orange Coast College and a public health professional for the Long Beach Health Department. She has a BA and MPH from UCLA and a degree in fiction from USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. She grew up in Stockton and now lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, their four daughters, and their dog, Brownie. Black Candle Women is her debut novel.


KUBO LB is a creative community space for Filipinx, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Women led small businesses. KUBO LB is a space to support and educate small businesses through retail, business workshops and more.

HULA by Jasmin Iolani Hakes

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