Author and Illustrator

Constance Hale has covered Hawaiian dance for the Los Angeles Times, sentence magic for the New York Times, and San Francisco politics and culture for national newspapers and magazines. Her books on language and literary style—including Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch—are used in classrooms across the country and the globe. Her most recent book, about the hula, is The Natives Are Restless. She lives in California and Hawai‘i but grew up on the beach at Mokulē‘ia with many friends among the ironwood trees.

Kathleen Peterson has illustrated over twenty books. She is the founding director of the Central Utah Art Center and displays her landscape paintings in galleries around the west and on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. A past resident of Hawai‘i, Peterson and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah with two horses, a mule, a bunch of free-range chickens, one cat, and Pete the Dog. Her other Hawaiian children’s books are: Koa’s Seed, Pele and Poli‘ahu: A Tale of Fire and Ice, and Moon Mangoes.