Written by Robert Lono ‘Ikuwā
Illustrated by Matthew Kāwika Ortiz
Hau, a young girl from Ko‘olauloa, is overshadowed by her beautiful and talented older sisters named Niu, Pūhala, and Lehua. But with the help of her kupuna, Hau begins to blossom as she discovers her unique talents and contributions.
About the Author and Illustrator
Robert Lono ‘Ikuwā is a native of Kalaoa, Kona, Hawai‘i. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools and is currently a doctoral candidate at Brigham Young University. An experienced Hawaiian language teacher and kumu hula, Mr. ‘Ikuwa acknowledges the kūpuna of Kona, Hawai‘i and Ko‘olauloa, ‘Oahu as his foundation for language, scholarship, and storytelling.
Matthew Kāwika Ortiz grew up in Lā‘ie on O‘ahu. He is thankful to Akua for his loving family, his parents’ nurturing his love of art, and his memories of drawing while his mother read to him. Matt received his bachelor of fine arts from the University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa and is living his dream of being an artist.
Hardcover. 2010. 9 x 11". 32 pp.
Watch the animated story on Lau Nehenehe, available on ‘Ōiwi TV and YouTube!