Keiki Hear Stories of Kupuna Wisdom at Bishop Museum

Tūtū and Me - (Mon) December 10, 2018

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This past Saturday the 8th, Partners in Development Foundation returned to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum to share our Tūtū and Me book series, "Kai and Friends."

The "Kai and Friends" series comprises seven books. Each follows the story of a creature dealing with a struggle common to keiki - such as bullying - and shows the importance of elders.

The characters use inter-generational wisdom to find solutions to their problems. Each of the stories is grounded in contemporary issues, from ocean pollution to the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death fungus impacting Hawaiʻi Island and Kauaʻi.

The creators of the books were at the event: co-authors PIDF president Jan Dill, Judy Dill, and Gail Omoto, and the illustrator, Gary Omoto. Gail gave several lively readings of the books to families visiting the museum, and all four creators signed books for the keiki.

In between readings, Jan shared other stories relating to the books, and Gail had activities to keep the participants active and involved. It was our second book event at Bishop Museum, and was a great success!

Our books make wonderful gifts for keiki 10 and under. They include audio CDs to help with reading and comprehension, narrated by Jack Johnson, Aaron Mahi, and others. The stories are a great way to introduce or reinforce Hawaiian language and cultural traditions.

To purchase any of our books, contact our office at (808) 595-2752. Our online bookstore will be available soon!

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