Celebrating ʻOhana and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Introducing the Aloha ʻOhana Book Series

In December 2023, a significant milestone was reached in the realm of children’s literature with the launch of the Aloha ʻOhana Book Series. This groundbreaking series, crafted by the dedicated staff of Keiki Steps, marks a pivotal moment in celebrating and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Hawai’i.

At the heart of this endeavor lies the Keiki Steps Aloha ʻOhana bilingual book series, a collection designed to illuminate the profound understanding of familial relationships ingrained within the Hawaiian culture. Rooted in the concept of aloha ʻohana, these books delve into the interconnectedness between family members, as well as the inherent responsibilities to akua (deities), ʻaumākua (ancestral spirits), ʻāina (land), kai (ocean), and each other.

Keiki Steps, known for its commitment to Hawaiian culture-based family-child interaction learning, saw an opportunity to further enrich its curriculum by creating these captivating bilingual books. By integrating elements of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language), the series not only supplements educational programs but also fosters a deeper connection to the native language and cultural traditions.

The series comprises six beautifully illustrated books, each delving into a unique aspect of Hawaiian life and culture. From exploring the concept of ‘ohana (family) to delving into the world of lawaiʻa (fishermen) and waʻa (canoes), these stories offer a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Hawaiian heritage. Additionally, titles like Mālama ʻĀina (Take Care of the Land), Manō (Shark), and Luaʻi Pele (Eruption) provide phrases and vocabulary that instill a deep respect and reverence for the environment.

While the primary audience for these books is infants and toddlers, their timeless messages and captivating illustrations make them a delight for readers of all ages.

For those eager to embark on this literary journey, the Aloha ʻOhana Book Series is readily available for purchase. Simply visit inpeacehawaii.square.site to acquire your copies, or for bulk orders, reach out to saydeep@inpeace.org.

As we celebrate the launch of the Aloha ʻOhana Book Series, let us embrace the opportunity to honor and perpetuate the invaluable cultural legacy of Hawai’i. Through these enchanting stories, may the spirit of aloha continue to flourish, uniting us all in love, respect, and appreciation for our ʻohana and heritage.