A President from Hawai'i

By Joanna Carolan
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

A celebration of President Obama's ties to Hawaii highlights the state's cultural traditions and includes photos from Barack Obama's childhood.

Barack Obama is the first United States President to be born in Hawai‘i, the Aloha State. A President from Hawai‘i — originally distributed exclusively in that state — explores the unique history and cultural traditions of President Obama’s birthplace. In addition to the well-known concept of aloha, it introduces such Hawaiian concepts as kokua (to help), lokahi (unity), and ohana (family), among others, and includes quotes from Barack Obama’s speeches, books, and interviews that reflect and embrace these themes. Back matter includes a glossary.

  • Interest in the president's personal background is keen and will be an even bigger topic in this election than the last one -- a new documentary is due out later this year.
  • Hawaii is a terrific lens through which to examine the diverse country of USA; it's the only state in the nation where the majority of citizens are of mixed race and ethnic descent.

About the author

Dr. Carolan was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Hawai'i in 1977. A pediatrician in private practice on the island of Kauai since 1979, Dr. Carolan has written six other children's books with Hawaiian themes. Joanna Carolan was born in San Francisco. Her grandparents moved to Kauai in 1967, and she spent part of her teenage years living with them in Wailua. She is an artist and owner of a studio and gallery on Kauai, Hawaii.

About the illustrator

Elizabeth Zunon is the illustrator of My Hands Sing the Blues and Lala Salama.Born in New York State, she grew up on the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and now lives in upstate New York.

ISBN: 9780763652302
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Dimensions: 247 x 287mm, 24pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $17.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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