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Ho'onani: Hula Warrior

by Heather Gale

Other authors: Mika Song (Illustrator)

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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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So few children's picture books are set in Hawaii or feature native Hawaiian characters. Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is the story of Ho'onani Kamai, who "did not see herself as a wahine, 'girl.' Or think she was a kane, 'boy.'" Ho'onani is mahu - she has some masculine and some feminine traits, and is most comfortable in the middle. Her mother says, "She is who she is!" and her father says, "She does what she wants!" But Ho'onani's sister Kana wishes that she would conform and not stand out. However, she Ho'onani is chosen to lead a traditional hula chant in front of the school, Kana is the first to rise in a standing ovation.

An Author's Note precedes the text. A pronunciation guide for Hawaiian words (wahine and kane) would have been useful.

A Place in the Middle: aplaceinthemiddle.org (documentary) ( )
  JennyArch | Aug 6, 2020 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
This is the story of a gender-nonconforming child who wants to take on a role in a hula chant which is typically reserved for boys.
I don't know enough about Hawaiian culture to know how accurate the depiction is. I do wish that, since this is about Hawaiian culture, it had been written by a Hawaiian author. My six-year-old thought it was okay, but it did not particularly capture his interest. ( )
  LazybeeJr | Mar 16, 2020 |
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I really enjoyed this beautifully illustrated and well paced book. I particularly liked the use of repetition and appreciated learning some words in Hawai'ian. I'm excited to share this book with other parents of gender nonconforming children, especially for families of colour. I would love to see more books like this from other indigenous cultures highlighting historical figures who've found their place outside of the gender roles familiar to westerners. ( )
  wosret | Jan 14, 2020 |
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A short, diverse story of a gender-neutral child that depicts the true to life struggle of sibling acceptance, peer push-back, and paving one's own way. This is a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf whether you think it may apply to your child or not. It brings up a sensitive issue with delicacy but does not sugar-coat the difficulties associated with it. And the ultimate bonus is that the illustrations and accompanying prose are lovely literary aspects on their own.
  VictoriaBrodersen | Jan 7, 2020 |
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A very sweet (and strong!) book, with wonderful illustrations that fit the tone and meaning of the story. A great message about being yourself even if others do not understand. ( )
  beerankin | Jan 5, 2020 |
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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
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Ho'onani Kamai did not see herself as a wahine, "girl."
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