is originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and Brigham Young University. She is the author of the Niuhi Shark Saga, a contemporary speculative MG/YA fiction series set in Hawaii and published by Jolly Fish Press and Lauele Town Stories which are companion pieces to the Niuhi Shark Saga, but not necessarily for middle grade readers. Book 1, One Boy, No Water, won the 2014 Gold Quill for Children’s Literature.
Lehua’s writings often include a modified form of Hawaiian Pidgin English. Pidgin is a polyglot language with its roots in Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, English, Korean, and Filipino. Hawaiian Pidgin developed as people from all over the world came to Hawaii in the 1800s looking for a better life. Over time, Pidgin has evolved into a heavily English-based language while retaining its original syntax, grammar, and Asian lilt. While almost everyone in Hawaii today speaks, reads, and writes standard American English, true communication, the kind that speaks from the heart, is in Pidgin.
This blog is dedicated to all Pidgin speakers and the stories we tell.