Kona Stories is an independent bookstore located on Hawaii Island 

Serving the Hawaiian Islands since 2006

Located in the Historical Keauhou Shopping Center

Established in 2006 by Brenda McConnell and Joy Vogelgesang, Kona Stories features all genres of books.  Find the latest hard cover, best seller or an old classic, this bookstore is fully stocked with 10,000 titles.  They specialize in Hawaiiana, children's books, whimsical gifts and greeting cards.  Kona Stories offers a unique consignment program for local, self-published writers who need an opportunity to market their work. Kona Stories is also an elite dealer for Woodstock Chimes.

Author of the Week: Vicky Heldreich Durand

Vicky Heldreich Durand first fell in love with Hawaii at age twelve, when she spent a summer with relatives on the island of Molokai. Returning home, she talked her mother Betty into a Hawaiian trip the following summer. By the following winter, the adventurous Betty had moved her two young daughters to Honolulu.

Vicky spent her teenage years surfing with her mother. They competed in the annual Makaha International Surfing Championships. Together, they were invited to Lima, Peru, to promote women’s surfing.

Looking back at Vicky and Betty’s evolving relationship, Betty always told Vicky that every day was an adventure. Never afraid of the difficult challenges ahead, Betty inspired Vicky to take new challenges and share her mother’s story. Wave Woman is her first book.

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Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer: Full Color Softcover Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684630424
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sparkpress - April 7th, 2020

Wave Woman Betty Heldreich is the kind of person I admire - women and men who are one hundred percetn, authentically themselves.  I am inspired by her positive resilience and passion for life.  Carissa Moore, Pro Surfer and Women's World Tour Champion. 

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