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Reading Can Be Ono (Delicious)!

Posted by: Jenn Fujikawa

Reading Can Be Ono (Delicious)! Food and family is a big part of Hawaiian culture. Hawaiian ohana (family) gather together and use meals as a form of celebration throughout life, from birthdays to funerals and every occasion in between. At a young age, keiki already know all about best plate lunch!

Spending family time together is important and reading together is a great way to encourage a child’s development. Even better, when the subject matter is food reading can be ono (delicious)! Here are four fun children’s books to read with your keiki, all about Hawaiian culture and food!

Plenty Saimin

Plenty Saimin (by Feng Feng Hutchins and illustrated by Adriano F. Abatayo III) is an endearing story about friends and family coming together. And as Hawaii families know, there’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of saimin!

Hawaii Food Trucks On The Go

Hawaii’s Food Trucks on the Go! (by Beth Greenway and illustrated by Jamie Mexkel Tablason) is a modern take on Hawaii cuisine. Follow the food trucks on a little tour of the islands, along with their specialties and you’ll be hungry for more at the end of the book!

Okazu at the Zoo

Okazu at the Zoo (by Laurie Ide and illustrated by Daniel Kanekuni) is an entertaining rhyming book for little ones. Lots of animals and descriptions of bento lunches, with a great glossary of Hawaiian foods in the back.

Grandpas Mixed Up Luau

Grandpa’s Mixed-Up Luau (by Tammy Paikai and illustrated by Don Robinson) is one of my favorites. Who doesn’t have an older relative that’s just a little bit hard of hearing? In this book it makes for a hilarious and fun meal!

Meet the Chef!
Jenn Fujikawa
A former theme park designer turned mom, turned food blogger, Jenn Fujikawa creates recipes for her blog With family in Hawaii, island inspiration is a big part of her meals. Whether it's kids meals, weeknight dinners or Star Wars themed baking, every recipes is easy and fun, leaving time to spend with family and friends.