New releases from Hawaii authors
"Pua Polu: The Pretty Blue Hawaiian Flower"
By Nona Beamer
(Bishop Museum Press, $14.95)
This book presents the uplifting tale of a young morning glory who learns the importance of getting enough sleep. The story is complemented with Caren Loebel-Fried's lively, full-color block prints and Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp.
Nona Beamer reads a slightly different variation of the story aloud on an audio CD with background music by Keola Beamer -- a definite bonus.
The story was inspired by the koali, or morning glory, and a song written by Nona's grandmother, Helen Desha Beamer.
"Akua Hawaii: Hawaiian Gods and Their Stories"
By Kimo Armitage
(Bishop Museum Press, $16.95)
This picture book is an introduction to more than 30 Hawaiian gods. Readers of all ages can explore the history of these gods and their legendary powers. Simple stories of creation, duty, love and hope demonstrate important lessons about life.
The book provides a useful reference for anyone looking to learn more about Hawaiian culture. Vibrant illustrations by Solomon Enos bring the stories to life.