Selma author sees book published woldwide
edited: Thursday, October 02, 2003
By Naomi Ululani Hoomalu
Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2003
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Local author, Naomi Ho'omalu published world wide
Despite its small size, Selma seems to have a large impact on the world of art and culture. There are quite a number of artists, authors and musicians who call this city home, and recently one more has joined their ranks.
Long time Selma resident Naomi Hoomalu has published her first book and now her name is found in stores and web sites the world over.
"Lights On In the Window" is a compilation of stories and poesm inspired by the people and experiences Hoomalu has encountered in Selma over the years.
"They are inspirational stories, but I would call the book a nostalgia piece," said Hoomalu, who also goes by her married name of Johnson. "The story follows a person through childhood, adulthood and eventually death." Hoomalu said she hopes the book will make readers recall their pasts and possibly start looking ahead to their future.
The book's title is based on a theme of knowing where to turn when there is trouble.
"Growing up, I was always told that if you were ever in trouble you could go to a house with a light on in the window or porch," Hoomalu said. "The
people inside could help you."
The author said that she hopes her book
will inspire readers to always be willing to help others in need. It is an
idea Hoomalu takes to heart in her own life.
For many years, the mother of four has been involved in youth ministry and the children's theater group known as the Ambassador's Playhouse.
"We need everyone working together,"
Hoomalu said. "If you work together you can accomplish anything. When you disregard other people you miss out on a lot."
"Lights On In The Window" Hoomalu says is really the fulfillment of a promise that she made to God nearly twenty four years ago. "I told God that if he taught me, I would teach others,"Hoomalu said.
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