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Patrick-Ching
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Artist and Author Patrick Ching 

Pop­u­lar Hawaiʻi artist, author and design­er Patrick Ching is known as “Hawaiʻiʻs Nature Artist,” and with good rea­son. His beau­ti­ful paint­ings and designs reflect a hap­py child­hood roam­ing the upland forests of Pauoa Val­ley on Oʻahu. Patrick counts his time as a ranger at Kīlauea light­house on Kauaʻi and liv­ing among sea tur­tles and monk seals as some of his most trea­sured memories.

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Kolea
Kamalani Hurley

The New Banner: The Three Birds 

If youʻre a reg­u­lar at my blog, you will notice some­thing fun — a brand new ban­ner! Itʻs  not just pret­ty art (by tal­ent­ed local artist Dru San­ti­a­go.) Itʻs got some cool Hawaiʻi (and Hawai­ian) fea­tures, too. To begin, weʻll look at just one: the three birds. Spot them in the ban­ner above? Cute, right? But theyʻre not just any birds. 

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Kehau-Noe
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Native Hawaiian Interactive Media Designer Kēhau Noe 

Native Hawai­ian vision­ary Kēhau Noe is an artist and sto­ry­teller. Her media is com­put­ers, and her mis­sion is to design pro­grams that help peo­ple to inter­act with and learn from the envi­ron­ment. “The chal­lenge of build­ing soft­ware or games that take advan­tage of what tech­nol­o­gy affords us, but still be acces­si­ble and use­ful to the gen­er­al per­son is fun to me, she says. “Soft­ware can be capa­ble of per­form­ing com­plex and seem­ing­ly impos­si­ble tasks, but if the aver­age per­son does not like to look at it, or can’t under­stand how to inter­face it, then not many peo­ple will use it. Her inno­v­a­tive sto­ry­telling immers­es view­ers in the Native Hawai­ian world view. We are pleased to fea­ture this trail­blaz­er on our blog today.

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Punky Aloha
Kamalani Hurley

Book Review: Punky Aloha, by Shar Tuiʻasoa 

It’s a fact of the mar­ket­place that many pic­ture books with the unfor­tu­nate tim­ing of being released dur­ing the COVID pan­dem­ic were often not giv­en the atten­tion they deserved. And that’s real­ly too bad, because they mer­it space on our book­shelves. Punky Alo­ha, the debut pic­ture book by tal­ent­ed author/illustrator Shar Tuiʻa­soa, is one of these hid­den gems. Released in mid-2020 dur­ing the height of the pan­dem­ic, Punky is just the kind of delight­ful sto­ry kids — and their grown-ups — will love.

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Jing-Jing-Tsong
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Illustrator Jing Jing Tsong 

Tal­ent­ed pic­ture book illus­tra­tor Jing Jing Tsong is a mas­ter at her craft. Influ­enced by the prin­ci­ples of mono­print and tra­di­tion­al stone lith­o­g­ra­phy, Jing Jing lay­ers col­ors and tex­tures to cre­ate images that are engag­ing and com­pelling. Their visu­al and emo­tion­al appeal com­mu­ni­cate a visu­al expe­ri­ence for young read­ers and their grown-ups. “In every­thing I prac­tice,” she says, “I explore the inter­con­nect­ed­ness of being.” We are very pleased to talk sto­ry with illus­tra­tor Jing Jing Tsong.

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Too_many_mangoes
Kamalani Hurley

Book Review: Too Many Mangoes, by Tammy Paikai 

Some pic­ture books are clas­sics. They tell time­less tales that teach us about the world and our place in it. One such clas­sic also hap­pens to be one of the first Native Hawai­ian-themed books writ­ten in an authen­tic voice. Too Many Man­goes by Tam­my Paikai is a sto­ry based on the author’s child­hood expe­ri­ence. This gen­tle sto­ry is about two Hawai­ian kids, Kama and Nani, who love to climb the man­go tree at their grand­paʻs house. One day grand­pa asks them to pick some man­goes, but when he real­izes that the kids have picked way too many for their fam­i­ly to eat, he instructs them to give the man­goes away to their neigh­bors. Thus the adven­ture begins. 

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