Children’s Literature Hawai‘i Conference on “Imagining Worlds, Fictional & Real”

HONOLULU—Children’s Literature Hawai‘i, in partnership with HCH, will host the 18th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawai‘i’s Children, “Imagining Worlds, Fictional & Real,” on June 9-11 with a variety of activities exploring the creativity and interpretation of literature for children.

The conference is open to members of the public who are interested in discussing, using or creating children’s literature with sessions and workshops for kids and adults alike. Highlights include:

  • Presentations by acclaimed authors and illustrators
  • Thematic sessions on the meaning and significance of children’s literature
  • Workshops for teens on writing and illustrating stories
  • Free movie screening of Under the Blood Red Sun
  • Crafts and family festivities

The event kicks off on June 9 with an opening ceremony featuring a performance by Honolulu Theatre for Youth and readings by award-winning author Graham Salisbury (Under the Blood-Red Sun, Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction) and award-winning author/illustrator Steve Jenkins (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?, Caldecott Honor Book) at St. Andrew’s Tenney Theatre. The conference will then continue on June 10 and 11 at Chaminade University of Honolulu with professional sessions by Salisbury and Jenkins (two each; a modest fee is required to attend these) and over twenty sessions with other presenters (all of these are free).

Click here to view a schedule of events and detailed information about the conference. For questions, call (808) 956-7559. To register, visit