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My latest book America Goes Hawaiian (2019) describes how Hawaiian arts and culture impacted --- and continues to influence --- the mainland. “At last, someone takes Hawai’i seriously, combining a scholar’s eye and a fanatic’s devotion to showing how small islands in the middle of nowhere changed our world, making it a richer and better place.”―Jerry Hopkins, author, The Hula, Romancing the East and No One Here Gets Out Alive (the biography of the Doors' Jim Morrison).

See below for more on my Hawaiian book, my two books on academic classroom films. and my essential guide to starting and running a sustainable nonprofit organization. I've also written essays and magazine articles on the Humanities, Travel, and Business. Here on this site, you can view many of my writings on film, music, radio, and culture. And you can read some of my current fiction, too.

I write on travel subjects as well, with more than 700 posts to the WoWasis Asian travel website (updated shortly). Several nonfiction fiction books are in process and a collection of short stories in the works as well. You can read a couple of those short stories on this site. Ready to take a look at my words and world?  

 A directory is below. Have fun, enjoy reading, and let me know what you think.
 
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Geoff

 

  • America Goes Hawaiian: The Influence of Pacific Island Culture on the Mainland (2019). How did Hawaiian and Polynesian culture come to dramatically alter American music, fashion and decor, as well as ideas about race, in less than a century? It began with mainland hula and musical performances in the late 19th century, rose dramatically as millions shipped to Hawaii during the Pacific War, then made big leap with the advent of low-cost air travel. By the end of the 1950s, mainlanders were hosting tiki parties, listening to exotic music, lazing on rattan furniture in Hawaiian shirts and, of course, surfing. Increasingly, they were marrying people outside of their own racial groups as well. Read how this cultural conquest came about and the people and events that led to it.
     
  • Nonprofit Book: WoWasis Travel Blog eStore - The Nonprofit Survival Guide: A Strategy for Sustainability (2015). If you’re thinking of starting a nonprofit, or are one of the estimated 975,000 of them in existence, this book will show you how to do it sustainably, inexpensively, and successfully. The Academic Film Archive of North America, which has been going strong for 15 years, provided much of the resource material for that book.
     
  • Film Books:  I've written two books on the 16mm classroom films that were distributed to schools, Academic Films for the Classroom: A History, and Films You Saw in School: A Critical Review of 1,153 Classroom Educational Films (1958-1985) in 74 Subject Areas. Click on the paragraph header for descriptions and ordering information.
     
  • Fiction Words: A book of short stories is in the works. Read a few of those stories here.
     
  • Music Words: Essays on Flamenco, the History of the Jazz Organ, Morlam music from the Isaan area of Thailand, the legendary 1970s California art/avant-garde band The Roots of Madness, and a description of the electronic compositions Geoff has written for and performed on the Farfisa VIP-500 organ.
     
  • Radio Words: KTAO-FM in the town of Los Gatos, California was an avant-garde alternative radio station started by Lorenzo Milam in the 1970s that influenced many dozens of others. Read more here.
     
  • Culture Words: What do you know about Black Preaching Styles? This art of oration may be one of the most under-appreciated art forms in the United States today. This paper is concerned with call-and-response driven by the hemistichal rhythmic cadence of the preacher.

 



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