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DeSoto Brown

Bishop Museum historian

Cover of “Kala of Hawaii”


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“Kala of Hawaii” is a children’s book from 1936 which appears to have remained in print for many years. It was republished in 1960 after Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, which created a burst of interest in Hawaiian subjects.

In this short book, Kala is shown how to plant pineapples, then enjoys a personal triumph by successfully surfing standing up for the first time, having been given a pep talk by his father.

“So Kala tried again and again. Finally, he learned to stand on the board all the way to shore. That made him very happy and his father very proud.”

A positive lesson for all of us. 

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