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ʻōiwi author and educator 

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Interview with Native Hawaiian Author Gabrielle Ahuliʻi 

Like most Native Hawai­ians, author Gabrielle Ahuliʻi grew up hear­ing the beloved leg­ends passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Best known for her pop­u­lar series, Hawai­ian Leg­ends for Lit­tle Ones, and now for her first graph­ic nov­el, Hi’i­a­ka and Panae­wa, Gabrielle beau­ti­ful­ly retells these clas­sic sto­ries for today’s young read­ers and their grown-ups. 

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How I Learned to Write Using Mentor Texts: Unspeakable, by Carole Boston Weatherford 

Wel­come to a new occa­sion­al series about learn­ing from men­tor text pic­ture books!

I love pic­ture books, those wild­ly col­or­ful, won­der­ful­ly imag­i­na­tive works of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. Some pic­ture books are so good that every time I read  one, I always come away with some­thing new — a fact I did­n’t know, an excit­ing idea I had­n’t thought of, a point of view I had­n’t con­sid­ered — in a small, easy-to-read, beau­ti­ful­ly illus­trat­ed pack­age. As a writer, I use men­tor texts to improve my sto­ry­telling skills. 

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Interview with Native Hawaiian Artist Solomon Enos 

Native Hawai­ian artist Solomon Enos is a mod­­ern-day Renais­sance man: a sought-after artist, book illus­tra­tor, mural­ist, sculp­tor, and game design­er. His beau­ti­ful pieces have been exhib­it­ed at mul­ti­ple pub­lic venues, includ­ing the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art, the Hawaiʻi State Art Muse­um, and the pres­ti­gious Smith­son­ian Muse­um Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Cen­ter. Google, Pixar, and Dis­neyʻs Aulani Resort are among his famous clients.

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Book Review: Lei and the Fire Goddess, by Malia Maunakea 

Lei and the Fire God­dess by Malia Mau­nakea is a rare gem in kid lit: an epic com­ing-of-age sto­ry writ­ten by a Native Hawai­ian author fea­tur­ing Native Hawai­ian char­ac­ters. The sto­ry intro­duces twelve year old Lei, who goes by her Eng­lish first name Anna, with all the snark­i­ness and inse­cu­ri­ty and joy that are part of grow­ing up. But it didn’t take long for me to get into the sto­ry. From the very moment she steps off that air­plane, Lei is a ful­ly devel­oped, ful­ly like­able character.

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Interview with Native Hawaiian Author Malia Maunakea 

Malia Maunkea is Native Hawai­ian author of mid­dle grade and non-fic­­tion. Her new nov­el, LEI AND THE FIRE GODDESS, a rol­lick­ing sto­ry about an adven­tur­ous Native Hawai­ian twelve-year-old, is a rar­i­ty in chil­drenʻs lit­er­a­ture: a sto­ry for mid­dle grade kids writ­ten by an ʻōi­wi author that fea­tures an ʻōi­wi char­ac­ter. We are proud to fea­ture Malia in todayʻs talk-story.

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Interview with American Library Association President Lessa Pelayo-Lozada 

Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Library Asso­ci­a­tion, Native Hawai­ian Lessa Kananiʻop­ua Pelayo-Loza­­­da is a war­rior. With politi­cized book bans on the rise, the nation’s librar­i­ans bat­tle to pro­tect intel­lec­tu­al free­dom. Lessa works to strength­en the ALA’s com­mit­ment of keep­ing the nation’s libraries as safe spaces that offer every­one — regard­less of their socio-eco­nom­ic sta­tus — free and equal access to news, infor­ma­tion, and edu­ca­tion. The fight is daunt­ing, but Lessa and are all in:
We are resisters at our core. We pro­tect all our patrons, uphold intel­lec­tu­al free­dom, and serve our communities…

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