As the Hawaii Book & Music Festival presented by Bank of Hawaii prepares to stage its 2013 edition on May 18 and 19, the festival's new, free phone app is now available at iTunes, the Google Play store and at HawaiiBookAndMusicFestival.org.
Available on Android and iOS devices, the app offers volumes of festival information, from performance schedules and author appearances to biographies and photos of each presenter and links to local book publishers.
"The new HBMF phone app complements the festival"s website, providing information related to all festival programming and content as well as additional media such as video clips, listening to author interviews and other content not available on the website," explained festival Executive Director Roger Jellinek. "You will be able to roam the whole festival at any time, before, during or after the event."
"Our intention is to maintain the phone app year-round, as the portal to the world of books in Hawaii, with all sorts of helpful links and resources," Jellinek added. "For example, a Hawaii author publishes a new book; it’s reviewed in the newspaper; the author is interviewed on the radio or television. The phone app will have links to all of these stories, plus provide excerpts from the book, links to the publisher and author’s website, and so forth."
The Bank of Hawaii Presents the Hawaii Book & Music Festival is a celebration of story-telling in all its forms. It takes place on the Honolulu Hale civic center grounds on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and free parking is available at the adjacent municipal parking garage.
The festival encompasses 11 pavilions and stages featuring 150 events with more than 500 local, national and international presenters and performers. Author book-signings, story-telling, panel discussions, activities and performances by and for kids, the Bank of Hawaii Book Swap, and a multi-ethnic food court are all part of this annual event.
The HBMF beneficiaries are Hawaii Literacy and Read to Me International.
For additional information and updates, visit the festival website at www.HawaiiBookAndMusicFestival.org or call (808) 234-0404.