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Ho'onani: Hula Warrior by Heather Gale
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Ho'onani: Hula Warrior

by Heather Gale

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Based on a true story, Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is - and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her.

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In Hawaiian culture you can be feminine, masculine, or both. This story is about Ho’onani who finds her place in the middle as a Hula Warrior. This story is based on true events that can be seen in the documentary A Place in the Middle. This is a nice true life tale of someone finding themselves, a school’s acceptance, and a look at the family involved. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Jul 30, 2019 |
I love this! The art is beautiful, which is very important to me. The story is exciting, with a great message on two levels: a broadly applicable message of "you can achieve your dreams" as well as the specific message of accepting people for who they are.

The only thing I would want differently is a pronunciation guide to the Hawaiian words so I don't mispronounce them trying to read this out loud to my daughter.

I received this book free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  g33kgrrl | Jul 9, 2019 |
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Hoʻonani’s courage to be true to herself and her place in the middle is empowering. Hawaiian words are intermixed, and Song’s illustrations are full of emotion and determination.
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To my mom, who taught us to love people for who they are - HG
To Small Grandma, who always cooked dinner - MS
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Ho'onani Kamai did not see herself as a wahine, "girl."
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