PUA POLU, THE PRETTY BLUE HAWAIIAN FLOWER
By Nona Beamer.
Illustrations by Caren Keala Loebel-Fried.
Hawaiian translation by Kaliko Beamer-Trapp. CD vocals by Nona Beamer and Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, Slack key guitar by Keola Beamer.
Bishop Museum Press, 2005. 32 pages filled with full color illustrations. Cloth.
Pua Polu, The Pretty Blue Hawaiian Flower
By Nona Beamer
Illustrations by Caren Keala Loebel-Fried
A children’s picture book in English and Hawaiian, accompanied by a spoken word CD with the story told by Nona Beamer and slack key guitar by Keola Beamer
"Pua Polu, the Pretty Blue Flower" is a 32 page children's picture book for young readers. Pua Polu is a story about family and the cycles of life told from the point of view of a koali, a morning glory. Author and Hawaiian elder Nona Beamer blends her experience of the natural world of Hawai’i with songs and bits of information she has gathered through her life. Written in English with a Hawaiian translation, Pua Polü acts as a Hawaiian primer.
A koali vine starts growing on the title page of the book with the invitation for keiki, children, to “follow this way.” The vine meanders through every page of the story, separating the English text from the Hawaiian, encouraging young readers to follow along and see where it goes.
the story, Nona speaks directly to the readers, explaining how the story
of Pua Polu came to be. The book ends with a brief description of the
block prints in the story and the ancient Hawaiian block printing technique
called ohe kapala.