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The Author
Kerry Germain lives and writes on the North Shore of O`ahu. Her work reflects her life resulting in one of the few authors who write realistic  fiction for children here in Hawaii. She combines picture book format with easy reader text, giving children the beauty of a picture book, along with the confidence of knowing they can read  it. Surf's Up For Kimo is intended for kindergarten through first grade. Kimo's Summer Vacation is intended for second and third graders.


Winner 2001 Ka Palapal Po`okela Award

Ali'i Beach, Haleiwa  

SURF'S UP FOR KIMO                 
This surfing  story comes from the heart for young, (3-8) up and coming surfers. Each page is filled with brightly colored North Shore realism, allowing kids to relate to kids.

Borders of Hawaiian foliage common to this area flow along the pages. A back glossary describes the leaves and some of their uses. For instance, the banana leaf is not only described by its  use as a natural steamer for the imu, an outside oven, but includes the author's favorite banana bread recipe. Kids are also encouraged to find a few hidden pictures and learn about some  interesting facts




Jack Germain six years old. "My son Jack and his friends inspired the story when they began their surfing quest. They, like many kids, wanted a new  surfboard right away.  I felt it was time for them to hear the story that just about every surfer knows."      
                                               Author :Kerry Germain



 Honorable Mention 2004 Ka Palapala Po`okela

 KIMO'S SUMMER VACATION is for children six to ten. This second picture book released by Island Paradise Publishing brings readers along from their  first book SURF'S UP FOR KIMO. Kimo, like the readers, has also grown.

On the last day of school Kimo listens to everyone's exciting plans for the summer. Lots of kids are going to the biggest and best amusement park on the  mainland and Kimo is jealous. Then a walk in his back yard becomes an adventure. He discovers his neighborhood can be just as much fun as any  amusement park. This delightful story also encourages kids to experience the people, creatures, and history of Kimo's home through illustrated page borders. The  borders, along with a few hidden pictures, are described in a back glossary. Readers might even find a delicious dinner recipe.


The artist Keoni Montes brilliantly brought Surf's Up For Kimo and Kimo's Summer Vacation to life after hours of thought and discussion.  Using photographs as a guide, he painted each of the  oil on canvas illustrations with the children in mind. He is a master at capturing the unique life and  color on the island. Germain was fortunate to have seen his work at the Haleiwa Arts Festival where their working partnership began.

Haleiwa Arts Festival Letter  Haleiwa Arts Festival Work by Keoni Montes can see seen  Gallery Haiku at Windward Mall and Island Treasures Art Gallery in Kailua.


Kimo's Surfing Lesson PRE–K–5

Friday after school Kimo has one thing on his mind—surfing. Too bad he  forgot about cousin Katie's visit from the Mainland.

Will this girly girl ruin his afternoon plans or will he make a new discovery?

Educational picture glossary included.




Photo's from the book launch


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Author's Retreat
Lava Tube Hale—Big Island—Hawaii

Award winning children's author Kerry Germain and her family fell in love with the rain forest at Volcano so  much that they recently bought Lava Tube Hale.

Kerry considers it a wonderful writer's retreat as well as a great place to enjoy nature with family and friends. A serene  spot to write with your favorite writer's group or by yourself.




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