Molokai author celebrates fifth book

Thursday March 7, 2024 By Jack Kiyonaga, editor

Photo by Jack Kiyonaga

On Leap Day, February 29, there was a special event at Pacific Eatery in Kaunakakai. Molokai-based artist Arabella Arc held a book signing in honor of her fifth completed novel, “The Life She Didn’t Live, and the One She Did.”

Arc began writing in 1999 but didn’t complete her first book, “Pants on Fire,” until 2013. Now she has completed three books in recent years. The California native lived in Waianae for more than thirty years before moving to Hana and then Molokai to be near family. Arc explained that the pace of life on Molokai has given her more time to write.

“The Life She Didn’t Live and the Life She Did” is a spy novel.

“I used to be addicted to it [spy novels]”, said Arc. “I never thought I’d write one, but I did… It’s a different kind of take on espionage.”

Arc is best known for her ceramic work, for which she is recognized throughout Hawaii and exhibited internationally. Although ceramics and writing are different types of artistic disciplines, Arc explained that the core of artistic expression remains universal.

“The art process, just the fact that you’re alone and you’re making something, that’s something they have in common,” she said.

Conversely, ceramics are “all about beauty and aesthetics,” while “writing allows me to explore things about the human heart,” Arc explains.

A range of Arc books were on sale at the event on Thursday afternoon, along with snacks and tea. Those interested in purchasing one of Arc’s books can visit the Molokai from the Heart store,, or visit Arc in person.


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