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After reading and discussing the book My Kalo has Lau, Big and Green, participants will learn the Hawaiian value of the word laulima and its connection to the kalo plant. Participants will make their own “family tree” using handprints to create an “‘ohana kalo plant.”
Pua Aquino was born in Mākaha and currently resides in Māʻili, Oʻahu, with her boyfriend and kids. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and has been working in the early childhood education field since 2004. She first developed a love for culturally relevant early childhood curriculum after working at a Hawaiian Immersion preschool for 4 years and has spent the last 13 years working for Ka Paʻalana Homeless Family Education Program, a program of Partners in Development Foundation. My Kalo Has Lau, Big and Green is her first published children’s book and she hopes to write more books in the near future.