Book Intends To Bind Ohanas

Jessica Goolsby
Wednesday - June 16, 2010
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Kapolei High School invites local ohanas to be featured in its book From the Hearts of Hawaii’s Families, set for release in late 2011.

From the Hearts of Hawaii’s Families is an inter-disciplinary book project coordinated by Cynthia Pratt, whose goal is to raise the esteem young people have for their own ohanas and to empower them to build strong families in the future.

“When I started teaching at Kapolei 10 years ago, I had that desire to write a book that was focused on families, because I know so many of our students come to us with all kinds of issues,” said Pratt, who also teaches culinary arts at the school.

“We often come to find that there are things about their family lives that maybe are not so conventional, and I wanted to bring to light the positive things that these very different families share here in the Islands.

“Families are not perfect, and I felt this would help empower our children and their families by helping to share their stories so we can learn and grow together as a community.”

Submissions will be accepted through early next year, and Pratt said she hopes to keep the cost of the publication under $20.

“We hope that the majority of the price will be profit that we can share with Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children to help fund the expansion of its neonatal care facility,” Pratt said.“That’s the whole point of this project: to share knowledge, understanding, love and care with those whom we share the Islands.”

To enter, tell KHS how your family “works” and how members demonstrate love, acceptance, forgiveness, faith and humor. Stories need not be highly dramatic or have a fairy-tale ending - just focus on how your family finds strength in today’s ever-changing world, how it has weathered difficult times and how it celebrates good times to help encourage other families to stay steadfast and tight.

There is no limit to word length or number of submissions, and if that seems like too much, simply add a family recipe(s) to share, and KHS Culinary Arts students will prepare select dishes to be photographed and included in the book.

Story and recipe forms are available online at After completing the forms, e-mail entries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Those chosen for inclusion will receive a Publication Release Form by early next year for signatures of authorization.

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