Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset by Randall Ng

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This week we’re very proud to shine our weekly Self-Publishing Book Spotlight on author Randall Ng and his book Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset.

Outskirts Press self-published author Randall Ng tells the true tale of hard work in Paradise with Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset: A Middle School Counselor’s Diary of a Working Day.

Living in Hawaii and working with kids all day might sound like an educator’s dream, but the reality of working as a middle school counselor and servicing kids in a low-income neighborhood is very different.

Told as the story of a typical working day, Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset gives an inspiring, eye-opening and sobering view into the life of a man who has dedicated all his resources to making children’s lives better. Randall Ng’s students run the gamut from gifted to gang members; from at-risk to motivated; from safe in loving families to abused by parents and caregivers. Randall knows that to make a difference in the lives of these kids, he has to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he has to think outside the box. Randall transcends the typical role of school counselor as he visits students at home, confronts them and their parents with the truth, finds wildly creative solutions to problems with no easy answer, and steps in as a father figure to children who have never known a reliable and caring authority.

Surprising, shocking, fascinating, and ultimately deeply redemptive, this book shows readers what tough love looks like and what it can accomplish in the lives of children at risk.


Randall Ng worked in the Hawaii State Department of Education for over thirty-three years as a classroom teacher and as a campus, outreach, and grade level counselor. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Texas A&M University, with a minor in political science. In 1967 he graduated from University of Hawaii with a professional teacher’s certificate in secondary education.

Awards and recognition during Mr. Ng’s career have included the 2005 Hawaii State Teacher Association’s “Friend of Youth” award and a 2002 award from the Hawaii State Senate for his counseling department’s efforts to promote a safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyle among his school’s students.

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