Yes, we were. But now we're back in Hawaii . . .
Thanks to our Time Machine, here's more insider scoop on American Girl's "2011 Girl of the Year" and how the KANANI books were written and the grueling research that I went through.
Kanani's family owns Akina's Shave Ice and Sweet Treats on the gorgeous island of Kaua'i.
In an ongoing effort to get everything exactly right for the American Girl books, I felt it beneficial, necessary even, to research shave ice. What did that encompass?
I order to write about shave ice, I needed to become an authority. Therefore, I felt compelled to eat shave ice in Oahu and Kaua'i -- up to six times a day!
In case I wasn't up to my duties, I had backup. Here's my American Girl editor, Jennifer Hirsch, taking one for the team . . .
And here are some of my shave ice experiences (I also had to stop at every bakery and candy store -- for research) . . .
Now, I don't want you to think that my week in Hawaii was all shave ice and sweets. No, there was more work to be done. In ALOHA, KANANI, Kanani takes her cousin Rachel, who's from New York, to a luau. So, of course, I had to go to one. For research.
In the stories, elderly Tutu Lani is an expert at making leis. I was not. But I tried!
Also, in one of the books, Kanani joins the hula dancers on stage at the luau . . .
So, when the dancers came out during the luau I was attending, my editor said, "Lisa, you need to go up there and learn to hula."
I laughed. Jennifer was so funny! Dancing in public? Me? Hahahahaha . . . what?
Jennifer said again, "Go up there, you have to do this since you're writing about it."
Can you find me? I'm on the stage.
If you can't see me in the photo, you can see me here . . .
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