Merrie Monarch Festival 2022

The 59th annual Merrie Monarch Festival is coming up with the Hōʻike Night is scheduled for April 17 to 22, 2022. The festival is a non-profit organization that honors Hawaiian traditions, native language and arts, including an internationally acclaimed hula competition.

Here are some books celebrating Hawaiian culture:

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior
By Heather Gale
Illustrated by Mika Song
40 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780735264496 | Tundra Books
Ho’onani feels in-between. She doesn’t see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She’s happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way. When Ho’onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho’onani has to try . . . . Based on a true story, Ho’onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is – and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her.

Ohana Means Family
By Ilima Loomis
Illustrated by Kenard Pak
40 Pages | Ages 3-6 | Paperback
ISBN 9780823451180 | Neal Porter Books
“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.

Snow Angel, Sand Angel
By Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
40 Pages | Ages 4-8 | Hardcover
ISBN 9780593127377 | Make Me A World
Claire has been surrounded by the deep blue waves of Hapuna Beach and the magnificent mountains of Hawai’i all her life, but has never, ever seen snow. When her father drives her and her family to the top of the Mauna Kea, she can’t help but to be disappointed . . . it’s not the winter wonderland she’s always dreamed of. And that’s what she wants, more than anything. But as Claire edges ever closer to the new year, she wonders if maybe – just maybe – she can delight in the special joys of winter in her own way – right there, on her Big Island of Hawaii. Includes backmatter that captures the environmental culture of Hawaii, and will teach children not only about the local flora and fauna, but also the value of being environmentally friendly.