Mahalo ke Akua! After a long career teaching writing (which I really loved), I thrilled beyond words that my debut picture book, KAHOʻOLAWE, has been officially announced at Publisherʻs Weekly!
Kahoʻolawe is a story of loss and erasure, of sacrifice and dedication, and, ultimately, of restoration and resilience. Written and illustrated by Native Hawaiians Kamalani Hurley and Harinani Orme, this childrenʻs picture book is the story of aloha ʻāina — a deep love of the land — and explores what happened to Kahoʻolawe and how she is a beacon of hope for the Native Hawaiian people and for people everywhere who fight against social and environmental injustice.
Mahalo nui …
- to the leaders of the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana for their expertise and support of this project. Their dedication to Kahoʻolawe and to the Hawaiian people continues to inspire.
- to editor and publisher, Carol Hinz, whose expertise and patience we are counting on to get the book into the world.
- to my agent James McGowan, who always knew this story needed to be told.
image credit: Vicki Palmquist — Winding Oak