Holding Hands

Kai and Pili go on the Road December 16, 2010

Kai and Pili go on the Road December 16, 2010

Kai the ‘Opihi made a big splash at the Waikiki Aquarium’s first ever Ocean Literacy Day this past September. Partners in Development Foundation was invited to share and sell the Tūtū and Me ocean theme books along with a request for Kai the ‘Opihi to make an appearance.

“Fish Tales: Chronicles, Critters and Crafts” was a day of fun for the keiki as their adventure included different activities such as reading stations, crafts and other hands-on learning.

Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest in the United States, showcases more than 500 marine species, and welcomes more than 320,000 visitors each year.

Not only did Kai the ‘Opihi shine this past quarter, but so did our newest friend; Pili the ‘Iwa Bird! Partners in Development Foundation and Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool celebrated the launch of the new book titled, “Pili the ‘Iwa Bird Flies Again!” Written by Gail Omoto, Jan & Judy Dill and illustrated by Garrett Omoto, the book was unveiled at Barnes and Noble in November.

The customers were treated to a reading of the book by Gail Omoto, and were able to enter in a prize giveaway for a free book and keiki t-shirt. Musical entertainment was provided by local group “Kapala”.

Pili the ‘Iwa Bird Flies Again is the story of how a young ‘Iwa bird learns an important life lesson. Pili’s tūtū kāne reminds her that the true essence of life does not lie in having possessions, but rather in being content with what she was created to be.

Each book includes a CD of Jason Scott Lee’s narration which truly captured Pili’s character and emotions.

Mahalo to our Research, Evaluation and Development team for participating in these two wonderful events.