Sophia’s books:

Big Island Journey
Featuring 400 photos from both public and private archives, this vivid narrative captures the history of the Big Island in a rich portrayal of people, dramatic events, and sweeping cultural, economic, and social change. Winner of the 2010 Excellence in Illustrative Books Award in the statewide Po’okela Awards. (ISBN-13: 978-1566479172. With Bennett Hymer, photos. Mutual Publishing Company. Honolulu, October 2009.)

Kohala ‘Āina, A History of North Kohala.
Over one-hundred historical photographs tell the story of the North Kohala region on Hawai‘i Island in this first comprehensive history of a fascinating district and its courageous people. Winner of the 2003 Keep it Hawai‘i Kahili award for literature and the Keep it Hawai‘i Best in Show award. With Michael Gomes, photos. (ISBN-13: 9781566476263. Mutual Publishing Company. Honolulu, December 2003)

Tiki of Hawai‘i: A History of Gods and Dreams.
From ancient heiau to American pop culture, follow the transformative journey of tiki. (Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, Second Printing, 2012.)

Big Island Days. Defined by fiery volcanoes, snowcapped mountains, dripping rain forests, sun-drenched beaches, cascading waterfalls and lava-strewn plains, the Big Island is an island of extremes known for its diversity. With Kirk Lee Aeder, photos. (Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, 2005.)

Hawai‘i’s Spa Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands
From the indigenous healing practices of the ancient kahuna to the modern-day spa, Hawai‘i has a collection of rejuvenation secrets. This is the first book solely dedicated to the spas of Hawai‘i. (Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, 2005.)

To order existing books, visit any bookstore,, buy direct from mutual publishing, or contact me.


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