Setting Our Direction for 2022

Setting Our Direction for 2022

January: Navigation

Where are the winds of the new year guiding you? To us, January feels like it’s all about navigating new waters: orienting in space & time, gathering our tools, and setting our direction for the coming year. 

The past two years have been harrowing for most of us. There is a sense, at least, that together we have gained our collective sea legs, encountering now precedent challenges with some level of knowing and rhythm. If nothing else, the present time has given us the opportunity to reassess what matters most to us, more so than the typical end-of-year inventory. 

We open into 2022 with some questions on our minds and hearts. Questions of vision, of navigation and of knowing. How do we best assess and scope the landscapes we find ourselves in, physically and metaphorically? How do we determine what direction to take, which path to choose as we set course, and what we need along the way? And what of the way we choose to move along that path?

From navigating social context, to business and career, across time and culture, to places real or imagined and even our own internal landscapes, we've curated a diverse list of titles to serve you on your journey.

In 2022, we’ll be exploring new themes every month, bringing you interesting titles across genres and unique programming that help us deepen our connections to the content we love and with each other. We’ll be partnering with different organizations throughout the year in connection to these themes, in addition to highlighting new releases, celebrating local and national authors, and bringing our community together for special events (virtually or in person whenever possible). 

As we journey the upcoming seasons and everything that 2022 brings, we aim to inspire new perspectives, stretch our minds, and gather together in sharing, learning and celebration. We are so happy you’re here with us, and look forward to all that’s to come - the surprises and twists and turns in store, as well as what we set forth to cultivate. Happy New Year!

- Diane O'Neal, Program Coordinator

Books to Help You Navigate 2022:

Internal Worlds

Brené Brown gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances--a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Walking: One Step at a Time
For renowned explorer Erling Kagge, walking is a natural accompaniment to creativity: the occasion for the unspoken dialogue of thinking.  Walking is also the antidote to the speed at which we conduct our lives, to our insistence on rushing, on doing everything in a precipitous manner.

Social Landscapes

The New Farmer's Almanac (Vol. III/Vol. IV)
by Greenhorns
The New Farmer’s Almanac is a place for public thinking and proactive literary inquiry into the future we share on the land and at the table.

The Past Before Us: Mo‘okū‘auhau as Methodology
edited by Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu
Chapters on language, literature, cosmology, spirituality, diaspora, identity, relationships, activism, colonialism, and cultural practices unite around methodologies based on mo‘okū‘auhau. This cultural concept acknowledges the times, people, places, and events that came before; it is a fundamental worldview that guides our understanding of the present and our navigation into the future.

Real Places

by Stuart M. Ball

The author describes in detail 52 trails that will take you to O‘ahu’s lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, windswept ridges, and remote seacoasts.  The full-color insert of 22 photos will inspire hikers to explore different trails.

Across Cultures
by Cecily Wong & Dylan Thuras
Created by the ever-curious minds behind Atlas Obscura, this breathtaking guide transforms our sense of what people around the world eat and drink. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. 

Stories of Journeys
translated by Emily Wilson
This fresh, authoritative translation captures the beauty of this ancient poem as well as the drama of its narrative.  Written in iambic pentameter verse and a vivid, contemporary idiom, Emily Wilson's Odyssey sings with a voice that echoes Homer's music; matching the number of lines in the Greek original, the poem sails along at Homer's swift, smooth pace.

Mālama Honua: Hōkūle'a - A Voyage of Hope
This is a story about our need to draw together into one global community. By respecting one another and nature's delicate and intricate systems, this book captures the many ways indigenous cultures are committed to living in ecological balance.

Business and Career
by Yvon Chouinard
In this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard--legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.--shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

Picture Books
by Shaowei Liu 
The improbable story of one turtle’s journey around the Hawaiian archipelago from birth to motherhood. A tiny hatchling identified at birth on the French Frigate Shoals as part of the green sea turtle preservation program, released back into the ocean, and later reappearing on the island of Maui to make nests for her honu eggs.

Camilla, Cartographer by Julie Dillemuth, illustrated
by Laura Wood 
Camilla loves maps. She often imagines what it must have been like to explore and discover a new path for the first time. One morning, Camilla wakes up to a huge snow storm. Her neighbor Parsley can't find the path to the creek. But Camilla has her old map--which inspires her to make her own path and her own map!