‘California Hotel’ Authors to Speak at JANM


Dennis Ogawa and John Blink, co-authors of “California Hotel and Casino: Hawaii’s Home Away from Home,” will read from and sign copies of their book on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, First and Central in Little Tokyo.

JANM is displaying “The California Hotel: Hawaii’s Home Away from Home,” based on the book, through Aug. 28. Through rare photographs, objects and video, this traveling exhibit tells the story of one Las Vegas casino’s special connection to the people of Hawaii and the unique culture that evolved there.

Ogawa is a professor at the University of Hawaii and Blink was the marketing executive for Sam Boyd, the hotel’s original owner.

Developed by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, the exhibit was sponsored by Hawaii Air Cargo, Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts, Nippon Golden Network, and Vacations Hawaii. The Los Angeles presentation is part of JANM’s Salon Pop Programs.

The book is available at the Museum Store and at http://janmstore.com.

Admission is free for JCCH members that weekend. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.


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