Hula Lullaby, by Erin Eitter Kono

We live on kind of a sleepy island. For the most part, there’s not much traffic, little wait anywhere, and you really don’t have to go far to find a quiet spot. Today we headed to the beach for a little picnic and running-around time before the kids’ naps and found ourselves smack in the middle of a crowd. It seems that ski week-into-spring break is upon us, and it made me think that perhaps some of my readers are contemplating their own spring breaks and might even be heading to the islands. And if that were to be the case, it would be my duty, really, to highlight one of my favorite Hawaiian picture books. So I offer you Hula Lullaby.

Hula Lullaby, Erin Kono

Told in a lilting, hushed rhythm, Hula Lullaby is perfect for bedtime. A child cuddles in her mother’s lap, falling asleep to the lovely cadence of the ipu heke, the pahu drums, and hula dancers on a warm, lush Hawaiian evening.

Hula Lullaby, Erin Kono

There is an abundance of hastily put together Hawaiian children’s books, available at every souvenir shop, convenience store, and big box store, but none of them compare to this sweet soothing song with glowing illustrations.

Hula Lullaby, Erin Kono

Hula Lullaby, Erin Kono

This is at the top of our pile for nighttime settling down books, truly evoking the gentle sounds of the islands.

Hear the crashing waves reach the lava shore, drummers chant the ancient tales of history and lore.

See the moon rise high to spread its silver glow, watch as ti leaf skirts sway gently to and fro.

Come little keiki, snuggle in my lap, listen to the ipu, thump tap thump-a tap.

What about you? Any spring break plans? Are you like me, buying local books as souvenirs from your travels?

9 thoughts on “Hula Lullaby, by Erin Eitter Kono

  1. Thank you. The other day I thought I really should start looking for some Hawaiian children’s books to take home with us. This one is now at the top of my list. Oh and I (we?) have been loving finding the books on your blog at the Kahuku library. These books (and authors) aren’t even on the radar in Australia but they are just so so wonderful. And, thank you.


  2. This looks like such a special book. I live on the island of Hawai’i where it’s a little sleepy and I dance hula so this resonates with me. I’m anxiously awaiting grandchildren. A perfect book for bedtime wind down.


    • It IS so special! We’re on Hawaii island too, and I don’t do the hula, but I am in a Tahitian dance halau- and on top of that, I just signed up yesterday for a beginners sewing class! What a fun connection!


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