Kona Stories Hosting ‘Words and Wine’ on May 7

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Kona Stories Bookstore will host its monthly Words and Wine author meet-and-greet on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. in Kailua-Kona.

The public is welcome to attend this free author event and enjoy their stories and complimentary wine and pūpū. Authors will speak for 20 minutes about their book followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. May’s featured authors are: Amber Shepp, Katie Didit and Veryl Ann Grace.

Amber Shepp: This island girl is a devoted mother, a traveler and an action sports chick. She gained more love for photography throughout her adventurous life.

Huaka‘i by Amber Shepp. Courtesy photo.

Shepp holds a degree in graphic and website design, and has over 15 years of photo editing experience. She feels very fortunate to have a career that she absolutely loves and enjoys while also being able to spend quality time with her family. Amber Shepp enjoys watching Golden Girls, surf vids, movies and shows from the 90’s, surfing, dancing hula and of course photography. Her book Huaka‘i weaves stories and photographs together to celebrate the traditions of Polynesian art tattoos.


Katie Didit: Raised in Ohio and lived in several other areas of the U.S. before making Maui her home in 2002.

Precious Girl No Matter Why by Katie Didit. Courtesy photo.

She has a strong connection with children and nature, and has worked in an educational setting for most of her career. She enjoys the ocean, sunshine, warm climate, lush kaleidoscope of colors, and the beauty of nature that Maui has to offer. When she’s not writing, you can find her whale watching, snorkeling, gardening, painting with watercolors, traveling, and playing Mahjongg. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in counseling, in which she is currently completing her Ph.D. Didit has one son and several grandchildren, and loves to read to them. Her book Precious Girl, No Matter What was written to provide this guidance and comfort to girls regardless of their age, what they may be going through, or where they may come from.

Veryl Ann Grace: This long time resident of Washington State now lives in Hawai‘i with her husband, a Maremma sheep dog plus two poi dogs.

Murder Spins a Tale by Veryl Ann Grace


She learned to knit and crochet at her grandmother’s knee and her real passion for fiber arts began when she realized she could create yarn from all the hair her beloved great pyrenees would shed. That was twenty-five years ago and she can still be found spinning, knitting and weaving fiber of all kinds. Grace takes the reader into her world of fiber arts in her cozy mystery’s, Murder Spins a Tale and Murder Comes Unraveled.

Kona Stories is located in the Keauhou Shopping Center. For more information, call (808) 324-0350.

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