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'Ohana Means Family

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and I can't wait!  It is my favorite holiday because it celebrates two of my favorite things -- family and food.  And one of my favorite inclusive picture books of 2020 honors these things, too!

'Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis & Kenard Pak (Feb 2020)
“This is the land that’s never been sold, where work the hands, so wise and old, that reach through the water, clear and cold, into the mud to pick the taro to make the poi for our ohana’s luau.”
 Join the family as they farm taro for poi to prepare for a traditional luau celebration with a poetic text in the style of The House That Jack Built.

Would you like to hear this story of Hawaiian land and culture shared by a native Hawaiian?  Of course you would!  The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience posted a video of Kalei-okalani Matsui reading the book.  She is wearing traditional clothing and does an introduction in her native language.  It is a definite must-see, must-hear!


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