These local authors put their passion on the page, offering keiki around the island books that reflect their surroundings and a lifestyle unique to Maui.

The Girl and the Boat
By Julia Allisson Cost

For the last 6 years, Maui-born and raised artist, Julia Allisson Cost, has been painting a wordless picture book, featuring 30 detailed oil paintings that weave together to tell a story of friendship, love, letting go, creativity, and imagination. Working with two Maui children, Tehya Artzi and Kaia Coon as the models for the characters, Cost sewed costumes, built props and sets, and staged the scenes for every page in both Upcountry Maui and at the beach. The result is a stunning handmade tale. Find her work at, or book an appointment to visit her studio in Kula where you can browse the book, fabrics, and paintings in person.

Kimo’s Hula Pie Adventure
By Tiana Pante

Written by Tiana Pante, the story revolves around the journey of a Hula Pie, taking young readers on a magical adventure around the island. Inspired by the iconic dessert, it’s also a heartfelt tribute to the late Kimo’s restaurant that many hold dear to their hearts. 

70% of proceeds from the first round of book sales will be donated to the Legacy of Aloha, a foundation established by the TS restaurants to support those affected by the August fires. Readers can purchase a copy at any TS Restaurant in Hawaii and California or online at

On the Day You Were Born
Written by Dani Langevin with Illustrations by Nicki Barsamian

Written and illustrated on Maui, this sweet board book tells the story of how the animals of Hawai’i welcome a baby on their birthday. Throughout the book whales sing, turtles surf, and dolphins put on an acrobatic show all in celebration of the baby. Each page is adorned with whimsical watercolor illustrations to bring it to life and capture the eye of your keiki! Author Dani Langevin is a Maui doula while artist Nicki Barsamian illustrated the story. Books can be purchased at