Archives for January 2015

Read Across Kauai Day 2015


The Kauai Children’s Authors Guild in partnership with the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii will be holding their annual Read Across Kauai Literacy Day event on February 27th, 2015. However, because of the large number of children that will be read to this year, the event will be extended from February 15-April 15, to allow schools and libraries to schedule local authors to come visit their classrooms and reading groups.


This year’s theme is environmental literacy. Many of the local authors have chosen to write books that focus on local wildlife and its importance to us here on Kauai. In fact, author Susan Dierker’s new book, Albatross of Kauai, the Story of Koloakulua, teaches children about Kauai’s albatross from hatchling to fledgling. Thanks to generous donation from the Betlach Family Foundation, hundreds of children on Kauai will be receiving a copy of this book, during the event.


Last year, members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild hit the road to promote the importance of literacy by reading to more than 400 hundred children across the Garden Island. This year, the guild expects the numbers to double.


The Read Across Kauai Day event was modeled after the national event, Read Across America Day, but Kauai is such a special place that guild members designed Read Across Kauai Day to be a little more personal, a little more “Kauai Style”. The event provides an opportunity for children to interact with local authors and establish a personal connection with the books being read to them. The authors also share their experiences about writing and publishing books in order to inspire children to become better writers. The guild members also hope to reinforce the importance of reading by encouraging creativity through writing and artistic expression.


One of the most important components of the project is the distribution of an information sheet that is sent home to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Since Read Across Kauai Day was devoted to literacy, guild members wanted to make sure that this significant information be disseminated to the children’s parents.

If you would like to support this event, you can do so by clicking on the donate button on the right.

Aloha Africa Community Drum Circle

Aloha Africa
Friday’s event at Storybook Theatre in Hanapepe will feature a performance of traditional African music and dance, followed by an open circle with some instructional guidance for everyone to experience the joyful energy of drumming and dancing.  Please bring your percussion instruments. Some drums will be provided.
Proceeds from this Friday’s community drum and dance gathering will help Ernest and his children move to Kauai, where he will serve as Aloha Africa’s artist in residence.

Aloha Africa is a group of drummers and dancers on Kauai who study traditional African rhythms. In partnership with Storybook Theatre, the group created a cultural exchange program in 2007, inviting guest artists from Ghana, West Africa to teach their indigenous music and dance on Kauai. The African artists also studied with Kumu Hula Jessi Jardin and performed Hawaiian dances, songs, and chants.

Master drummer Ernest Borketey, who began teaching on Kauai before he could speak any English, is planning to return in 2015 to make his home on the island. He will bring his sons Samuel and Emmanuel, ages 14 and 7, both born in Ghana. Ernest, who grew up in extreme poverty and wasn’t able to go to school,  is excited that his children will have the opportunity to learn to read and write, then to work and support themselves and contribute to their extended family and community.