Meet the Author: Kolea and the Chief's Cloak by Alice Guild
April 27, 2019 –
Meet Lifetime Daughter of Hawai‘i and first-time author Alice Flanders Guild, as she presents her backstory and inspiration for writing “Kolea and the Chief’s Cloak.” This book is the first in an envisioned series of children’s books featuring cultural objects cared for by Hawai‘i museums and historic sites. In this story, Kolea guides the reader through a history lesson while delivering a clear life message.
Kolea and the Chief’s Cloak is a modern fable that tells the true story of an ancient Hawaiian cloak and how it came to be in the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. The wisdom of the beloved Pacific golden plover, Kolea, is wasted on a haughty young chief who loses his kingdom, and the cloak, to his powerful warrior cousin. The cousin unites the Hawaiian Islands and becomes Hawai‘i’s greatest ruler. This book is targeted to children ages 4 to 12, but has a moral for all ages, “Beautiful plumage is most meaningful when it is earned through perseverance, humility and hard work.”
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