If Punahou74 ever starts a book club we have several classmates who can contribute works (or even films–remember that “Novel-to-Film” class with Mr. Schlieman?) for discussion. Sure. We’ve known that for some time now. But have you known that the next generation is nipping at our heels?
Kalfred Wong’s daughter, Cecily, has written Diamond Head, “a jewel of a saga.” The Hawaii-centered tome is a sweeping debut novel that follows four generations of a wealthy Chinese family from China to Hawaii.
The family’s rise and decline is riddled with secrets and tragic love in a story that has earned 4.3/5.0 stars on Amazon and recognition as one of Barnes and Noble’s Summer 2015 Discover Great New Writers Selections.
Along with the Barnes and Noble honor comes the opportunity to hold book reading and signing appearances at store locations including the Ala Moana Barnes and Noble. For Cecily that opportunity will come this Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. You can be a part of it!
Special alert to Punahou74 classmates: For those for whom the drive in from Kaneohe is too much know that proud father Kalfred Wong–who now prefers to be known as “Kono”–will be traveling from Eugene, Oregon to be a part of this memorable event. He’d love to see classmates in the audience. Friends and family are also welcome.
Kono has lived in Oregon for 21 years where he has raised his three children with his lovely wife of thirty-two years, Susan. This year he is closing the chapter on his thirty-seven year restaurant career much of it spent managing HodgePodge, his Hawaii-style plate-lunch restaurant.
While Kono says that the grey hairs will attest that he should have escaped years ago he will be staying busy with a new venture as a utilities and essential services broker. He’ll also have more time to chase his dream of a single digit golf handicap.
The Star-Advertiser ran an article today about Cecily and her book. (You need to be a subscriber to read the full article.)
For those of you who cannot make Cecily’s (and Kono’s) appearance you can drop Kono a line at email@example.com. Get in touch and say howzit!