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Shar-Tuiasoa
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Polynesian Illustrator Shar Tuiʻasoa 

Tal­ent­ed Poly­ne­sian artist, illus­tra­tor and design­er, Shar Tuiʻa­soa is the cre­ative force behind the huge­ly pop­u­lar Punky Alo­ha Stu­dio. Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from Kailua High School (Go Surfrid­ers!), Shar pur­sued a degree in fine art in Cal­i­for­nia before return­ing home to Hawaiʻi. Best known for her beau­ti­ful images of Poly­ne­sian women, Shar’s graph­ic illus­tra­tions are bold, col­or­ful and always exciting.

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Brooke-Parker
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Native Hawaiian Artist Brook Kapūkuniahi Parker 

We are delight­ed to fea­ture the accom­plished Native Hawai­ian artist and his­to­ri­an, Brook Kapūku­ni­ahi Park­er. He has illus­trat­ed sev­er­al chil­dren’s books for ʻAha Pūnana Leo Hawai­ian Emer­sion Schools and cre­at­ed numer­ous stun­ning com­mis­sion pieces for clients through­out Hawai’i. His pas­sion is to Brooke-Park­er­cre­ate breath­tak­ing art that brings life to our ances­tors, and he does so through his exten­sive knowl­edge of Native Hawai­ian his­to­ry and culture. 

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Vera-Arita
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Author Vera Arita 

Hawaiʻi-based author Vera Ari­ta has spent her life help­ing spe­­cial-needs chil­dren to suc­ceed. Her chil­drenʻs books focus on Hawaiʻi themes and encour­age chil­dren to delight in the world around them. 

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Dru-Santiago
Kamalani Hurley

Interview with Illustrator Dru Santiago 

Hauoli Makahi­ki Hou, every­one! I love the start of a shiny new year. We also cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year around here. Kung Hee Fat Choy! What bet­ter way to start a new year but with tal­ent­ed Native Hawai­ian and Hawaiʻi based writ­ers and cre­ators! Meet the won­der­ful Dru San­ti­a­go, Hawaiʻi based illus­tra­tor and the 2021 Soci­ety of Chil­dren’s Book Writ­ers and Illus­tra­tors Nar­ra­tive Art award.

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