|A True Princess of Hawai'i|
Written by Beth Greenway, illustrated by Tammy Yee
Arbordale Publishing, 2017
|Years ago, I lived in Kaumana, six miles above Hilo town on the island of Hawai'i. Many of the homes were built on the remnants of the 1881 Mauna Loa eruption featured in the book, "A True Princess of Hawai'i." Evidence of the eruption was everywhere. Lava rock walls bordered tiny gardens, and black pahoehoe lava peaked through the grass, ferns and 'ōhiʻa trees. Nearby was Kaumana Cave, part of a miles-long lava tube that was formed during the eruption. It was the perfect place to raise two young sons!
Since then, I have been fascinated with the story of Princess Ruth's intervention to save Hilo from Pele's destruction. So I was thrilled to work with Arbordale Publishing on A True Princess of Hawai'i. Their team is devoted to creating books that encourage kids to explore, and their website features lesson plans and activities to supplement learning.
I studied photos of the eruption and maps of Hilo town and began sketching.
|Left: view of Waianuenue Street from the Hilo Wharf, 1890s. Right: Keoki and Nani race to the town pier to greet Princess Luka.|
|Left: Hilo Wharf, 1880s. Right: the arrival of Princess Luka.|
To learn more about True Princess of Hawai'i and to view more of the finished art, visit https://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=TruePrincess.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed illustrating it!
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