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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bess Press (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573062502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573062503
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Douglas Simonson is one of the world's best-known interpreters of the male figure. His work hangs in collections in over 80 countries on 6 continents.
Born and raised in the dry, dusty cattle country of the western U.S., Simonson was encouraged in his art by his mother, also an artist. When he was 19, Simonson left his home town of Thedford, Nebraska to move to Honolulu, Hawaii.
In Honolulu, Simonson studied art at the University of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Art. He also drew, painted and studied voraciously on his own, absorbing the influence of such diverse masters as Velázquez, Vermeer, Rubens, Sorolla, Sargent, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso.
Simonson also found time for an amazing diversity of experiences and careers, from sign-painting to typesetting to writing radio and television commercials. Then, in 1981, with the help of two close friends, Simonson wrote, illustrated and published a book called Pidgin to da Max, which went on to become one of the best-selling books ever published in Hawaii. Since then, Simonson has created or co-created 14 books, which have been published in 3 countries and in 5 languages, with a total of over 350,000 copies in print.
At around the same time as the success of Pidgin to da Max, Simonson began experimenting with fine art again -- something he had not done for several years. Although he'd been fascinated by the male figure for most of his life, his own fears and insecurities had kept him from exploring it in his art. But around 1980, Simonson put aside his fears and began focusing on the male nude as his primary subject matter.
At first he was concerned that the male figure might be too narrow a focus, that it might limit his growth as an artist. But the opposite proved to be true. For the first time, Simonson felt that he was painting what he had always been meant to paint. He found the male figure to be a continuous source of inspiration, and he began producing art--paintings, drawings, prints--with an energy and enthusiasm that he had never felt before.
Today Simonson is as committed to, and inspired by, the male figure as he was then. In the interim he has shared his art with hundreds of thousands of admirers, been interviewed in dozens of newspapers and magazines and on television and radio, has shown his work in many venues, and built a worldwide reputation.
One of the most unusual aspects of the career of this unusual artist is the fact that galleries are not his primary means of reaching collectors. For the first 15 years of his career, Simonson communicated with most of his clientele by mail, sending color slides, and sometimes printed flyers, to interested collectors. In this way the artist built a global following.
Thus Simonson was uniquely positioned to benefit from the advent of the Internet. He built his first website in 1995 and within a few months his art was selling briskly online. Millions of visitors later, his website is his primary gallery, showcasing thousands of his works, and offering a broad range of Simonson art-related items, like posters, limited-edition prints, calendars, cards, books, e-books and more. You can also read Simonson's Artist's Blog (a Wordpress blog also accessible through the Simonson website) to get an entertaining and profusely illustrated insight into the artist's creative process.
In 2010 the artist added a new website for admirers of his photographs, Simonson On Location. This subscription site showcases uncensored photographs from Simonson's photo shoots in Hawaii, California, Brazil and other beautiful parts of the world.
Douglas Simonson currently lives and works in Honolulu. You can contact the artist directly at douglas@douglassimonson.com, or by postal mail at: Douglas Simonson, 1542 Young St., Suite 340, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA. Phone: (808) 737-6275.

Exhibitions
Group Exhibitions
* 1981, 1991: Artists of Hawaii, Juried Exhibition
* 1991-92 Association of Hawaii Artists Annual Show (1992: Award)
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One-Man Shows
* 1982: Kuhio Federal Building, Honolulu
* 1982: Manoa Gallery, Honolulu
* 1987: Che Pasta, Honolulu
* 1988: A Different Light, Los Angeles
* 1990: Hawaii Maritime Center, Honolulu
* 1990: Life Foundation AIDS Benefit, Honolulu
* 1991: Hula's, Waikiki, Honolulu
* 1992: Ramsay Galleries, Honolulu
* 1996: Treats, Honolulu
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Tours, Lectures, Traveling Shows
* 1987: San Francisco
* 1988: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego
* 1989: San Francisco
* 1990: Boston, New York, Washington D.C.
* 1990: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago
* 1991: Seattle, Chicago
* 1994: Atlanta, New Orleans
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Books
* Pidgin to da Max Series, 1981-1986, Honolulu (over 300,000 books in print)
* Hawaii, Paintings and Drawings by Douglas Simonson, GMP Publishers, London, 1986
* Islanders, Paintings and Drawings by Douglas Simonson, Alyson Publications, Boston, 1989
* brush & camera, Paintings, Drawings and Photographs by Douglas Simonson, Douglas Simonson Fine Arts, Honolulu, 2006
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E-Books
* Tropical, Male Nude Photographs, Honolulu, 2011
* Classic Simonson, Male Nude Paintings and Drawings, 1980-1990, Honolulu, 2011

Customer Reviews

Having said that, bravo - this book is awesome!
Connie Chun
This book is more like the locals in Hawaii, the dictionary is a lot of modern made up words, kind of like the new slang they use in regular English.
Terri
This is a great pidgin dictionary and super funny.
D.B. Cooper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is an awesome book! Loved it since I was a little kid growing up in Hilo. Only thing is - if you one haole, no expec em fo teach you how speak da kine. English: If you're a foreigner to the islands, dont expect it to teach you how to speak pidgin english. You'll end up sounding like an idiot, may get some locals laughing. Enjoy the book, it's great. Just please, please dont think it will turn you into a Hawaiian! :)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Connie Chun on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
Pidgin to da Max is da bes'! I just discovered it recently when my friend gave it to me as a gift. She is a local girl and is always trying to teach this lolo (me) pidgin. I'm grateful to have such a great (live, human) instructor, with correct pronunciation and inflections, and this book offers excellent supplemental support to her teachings, but -- as it warns, do not attempt to use it on its own to develop fluency in pidgin, unless you want to invite strange looks (and trouble!)
My favorite part of the book is the illustrations -- they are hilarious! Especially the 'Wot? I owe you money?' for the guy with the staring problem. Douglas Simonson has a gift for capturing just the right facial expression in a very simplistic drawing in order to breathe meaning into each phrase or term.
To sum it up -- use this book to give you laughs, or as a quaint reminder of the islands. Accurate though the definitions are, it should not be considered an exhaustive instructional book. Having said that, bravo - this book is awesome!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
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Howzit? The wife and I bought the book while on our honeymoon in Oahu, Hawaii. It's one of the funniest books we've ever read. It also helped us communicate with the locals! Since we look Hawaiian (we're actually Filipino-American) everyone believed we were "locals"! The cartoons and definitions of each pidgin word are very well drawn out and understandable. I recommend this book to anyone visiting the islands, getting to know the locals or looking for a good laugh!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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My husband and I were both raised in Hawaii. We moved to California about 3 years ago. During that time, my husband has forgotten most of the local slangs from home. I bought this book so that when we go home, he'll be better able to converse with friends and family! Great book if you want to understand and be understood in Hawaii!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dajoka on August 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Ho, dis book stay da bestest book about da Hawaiian pidgin. If you from dea (like me) den you no can stop cracking up at all da cartoons inside. Da words too, brings back all da memories of growing up dea (all my life). If you not from dea, PLEASE no try fo talk liddat (make shua fo read da warning in da front of da book) :-) , bumbai you goin get all buss up an sound funny kine. Jus use um fo get one feel of da real Hawai`i. No odda book like dis one. Da second one stay good too ... I no tink as good as da first one but.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marier on June 29, 2006
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ya i stay one hawaii native. but i had to move to da mainland. everyone is so haoelefied and i miss pidgin. so i just go read dakine pidgin dictionary and laugh so hard. its such a good way fo remember small kid time in kailua. i love da book. i want da sequel. (warning, if you stay one average haole no try fo use da words in dis book. you neva know if one popolo{black person) going broke yo jaw cuz you went offend him or someting!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Schadel on November 26, 2012
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I think pidgin is one of those cultural touchstones by which people with common backgrounds recognize each other and the rest of us should just butt out. At least not try to use more than a word or two with the locals. But, if you're going to spend time here, why not take the opportunity to gain some insight on the experience of growing up in Hawaii? It's a real chopsuey of ethnicities and all must endure some ribbing. The reader must as well; many definitions use other pidgin words. Makai is defined as the opposite mauka and vice-versa. If you can't figure it out, there's always the internet.

Cartooning is an underrated art form IMHO and these are among the best. They capture facial expressions wonderfully and each is worth a thousand words of text as they say.

I would give 5 stars for the book and one star for the Kindle version. On the Kindle at least half of the cartoons appear with the top 10% or so duplicated and the bottom 10% missing. Some are only partly visible. The image resolution could be better. Some of the text cannot be seen at all and many pages are completely blank. Some text gets wrapped leaving a single character on a line. It's better in Landscape mode, but still bad. Fortunately, you can bring it up in the Cloud Reader on a PC to see what you're missing. Hyperlinks would be great in a book like this, but there are none. I'm sure there is a conflict between adapting content to a new medium (Kindle) and preserving the look of the original print version but I think too little effort was spent on it here.

But, if you like to laugh, like to learn, and are interested in Hawaii, this book is an essential classic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Shimada on August 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is awesome! I once owned the first book "Pidgin to Da Max" and that was great, but the 25th anniversary is even better.
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