‘Ohana Means Family
Written by Ilima Loomis, Illustrated by Kenard Pak
"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."
Acclaimed illustrator and animator Kenard Pak's light-filled, dramatic illustrations pair exquisitely with Ilima Loomis' text to celebrate Hawaiian land and culture.
The backmatter includes a glossary of Hawaiian terms used, as well as an author's note.
★ "In this read-aloud, Loomis writes a beautiful homage to kalo, a cornerstone of the culture and livelihood of the Hawaiian people. The poetic text combines with Pak's breathtaking illustrations to depict kalo's embodiment of the strong connection between land, water, air, sun, and the people. With his layered, textured paintings, Pak creates both beautiful pictures of the kalo and stunning panoramas of the community. A note on kalo and poi, an author's note, and a glossary are provided to explain the importance of the elements of this story. An incredible book to share with every member of your 'ohana."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"This 'The House That Jack Built'-style poem explores the importance of poi, the Hawaiian staple that, an author's note reports, 'no celebratory lu¯'au is complete without.' . . . The creators present this traditional practice--cultivating, harvesting, preparing, and eating a treasured food together--through the lens of Hawaiian culture."-- Publishers Weekly