12 Hawaii Children’s Books – Great Kids Books About Hawaii

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The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Hawaii

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Hawaii Books for Children

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased, by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Hawaiian Ocean Lullaby, by Beth Greenway, illustrated by Jamie Meckel Tablason.

This book focuses on Hawaii’s ocean ecosystem and the animals that live within it.

Ohana Means Family, by Ilima Loomis, illustrated by Kenard Pak

A is for Aloha (2nd Edition), by Stephanie Feeney and Eva Moravcik, photos by Jeff Reese

 

Baby Honu’s Incredible Journey, written and illustrated by Tammy Lee

The Good Song: A Story Inspired by “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World”, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, story by Alexandria Giardino

This book adds a story of love & aloha to the music of Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, the Hawaiian singer who made Over the Rainbow popular on his ukelele.

National Parks: Hawai’i Volcanoes, by Karina Hamalainen

A Kid’s Guide to Hawaii, by Jack Roberts and Michael Owens

 


Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became a Warrior King, by Ellie Crowe, illustrated by Don Robinson

 

Hawaii Books for Older Children

High Tide in Hawaii, Magic Treehouse #28, by Mary Pope Osborne.

This is an early chapter book that 4-6 year olds can be read aloud from, or children 6 to 8 can read independently. 

 

Kaiulani: The People’s Princess, Hawaii, 1889, The Royal Diaries series, by Ellen Emerson White

This book featuring the niece of Queen Lili’uokalani is good for 4th through 7th grade readers. It covers the span of the fall of the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

 

Children’s Books About Pearl Harbor

 

Pearl Harbor (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time), by Jennifer Swanson, illustrated by Kelley McMorris

This book from the American Girl series is great for 2nd to 4th grade readers, or younger read alouds. It is a short-read chapter book with illustrations throughout the pages.

 

 

 

Hawaiian Songs:

“Aloha ‘Oe”/ Fairwell to Thee song, written by Queen Lili’uokalani

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, played by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

 

Hawaii Vocabulary to Highlight:

Polynesian culture

James Cook

Queen Lili’uokalani

Sanford Dole and Hawaiian Pineapple Company

“Aloha ‘Oe”/ Fairwell to Thee song, written by Queen Lili’uokalani

Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 7, 1941

U.S. Pacific Fleet

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, played by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Hawaiian language

 

Hawaii Geography terms:

Pacific Ocean

archipelago

volcanoes

8 Islands of Hawai’i:

 Niʻihau

Kauaʻi

Oʻahu

Molokaʻi

Lānaʻi

Kahoʻolawe

Maui,

and Hawaiʻi (“Big Island”)

 

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