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O Kelekolio, Ka Manini . . . The Little Manini (bilingual)

O Kelekolio, Ka Manini . . . The Little Manini (bilingual)


Author: Lilinoe Andrews | Illustrator: Maile Kä‘ai-Cockett | Hardcover | Bilingual (Hawaiian/English)

A little fish learns the hard way when he disobeys his mother’s warning and goes near a forbidden underwater pipe. In the process he loses all his scales. It’s now up to Kelekolio, the little manini, to find help in replacing his scales and to cover up his mistake.

The ‘Aha Pünana Leo, Inc. was established in 1983 to revitalize the Hawaiian language primarily through schools taught entirely in Hawaiian. In 1896 a law was passed banning the use of Hawaiian as a medium of education in Hawai‘i’s classrooms. After 90 years, this law was reversed in 1986.

The ‘Aha Pünana Leo has grown to include eleven preschools, the establishment and support of three K–12 sites, a scholarship program and other educational programs that promote the growth of Hawaiian as a daily language. For more information visit to