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‘Ai‘ai (Hawaiian-only version)

‘Ai‘ai (Hawaiian-only version)

Price: $12.00

Regular Price: 12.00

Code: 978-0-87336-277-1

Recommended Age: Keiki (ages 4-8)

Hawaiian-only version

Ku‘ulakai, the god of fishing, creates Hawai‘i’s first fishpond only to have it destroyed by Ko‘ona, a giant supernatural eel. ‘Ai‘ai takes it upon himself to catch Ko‘ona and end his troublemaking ways. This traditional mo‘olelo from the island of Maui shares the story of ‘Ai‘ai, Ko‘ona, and the stones at Leho‘ula, Hana.

About the Author and Illustrator

Käwika Napolean is a Hawaiian scholar and professor at Kapi‘olani Community College on O‘ahu.

Brook Kapükuniahi Parker is a recognized and well respected Native Hawaiian artist. Raised in Kahalu‘u, O‘ahu, Brook has illustrated numerous books and has an impressive list of clients including University of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Board of Education, the Pacific American Foundation and Kamehameha Publishing.

The ‘Aha Punana 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 Punana 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

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