Japanese Cultural Center
Manoa Ballroom
2454 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826

June 7, 2018
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration $89 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Deadline for registration, May 31, 2018.

To register, please download and complete the fillable PDF registration form. Print the form and mail it in with your payment.

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Welcome to “Our Stories, Our Voices: Ko Kākou Mau Mo‘olelo, Ko Kākou Mau Leo,” the 2018 Read To Me Conference where everything you could hope for in a children’s literacy conference can be found. Join us for outstanding authors, speakers, and presenters who will inspire you to engage in your child’s world of books and reading.

Whether you are an early childhood educator, an elementary school teacher, a librarian, a parent, a caregiver, a children’s program manager, or just someone who is interested in sharing the love and joy of reading aloud, this conference is for you!

Discover the unexpected magic that awaits a child through books and read-alouds!

Join us for:

  • Bringing stories to life
  • Learning, attention & retention
  • Engaging the non-motivated, disinterested learner


Eric Kimmel, Caldecott Honor Award for Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; renowned storyteller and author of the Anansi and the Spider stories

Kathryn Otoshi
, Award-winning national/international speaker best known for her character-building book series, Zero, One and Two

Dr. Jackie Pualani Johnson, Nearly 40-years with the UH Hilo Performing Arts Department; Founder of Hilo’s 40-year “Shakespeare in the Park” and producer of plays


Conference Information:

Ample parking is available on site for $6.

Americans with Disabilities ActIf you need accommodations for a disability covered by Federal and State disability laws, please contact us at (808) 955-7600 at least 15 days prior to the event. If you are an individual with a hearing disability, please feel free to contact us via the relay system. Call 1(877) 447-5990 for TTY service if calling from Hawai‘i, or 711 if calling from anywhere within the United States.

Department of Education and Preschool Teachers:

For DOE teachers wanting to receive non PDE3 credit, please ALSO register for this conference on PDE3 (pde3.k12.hi.us).
Course Title:
Read to Me International Conference 2018:
Our Stories, Our Voices, Ko KaKou, Mau Mo’olelo, Ko Kakou Mau Leo

Course Number: LA183361
Section Number: 290819

A.S.K. Core Area- Planning Learning Experiences (PLE)
Total Professional Development Training Hours 6.0 hours
For Early Childhood Professionals:
Read to Me International has worked with The CANOES Registry at PATCH so that the workshops that early childhood professionals attend will count as professional development, if you are already in the Registry. At the end of the day, RTMI will provide certificates that practitioners may use to document their workshop attendance. If you are submitting your professional development to The Registry, please remember that you are REQUIRED to complete a Training Reflection Sheet before submitting the certificate to the CANOES Registry for consideration. It is advised that you keep copies of your Reflection Sheet & Certificate for your own records. The CANOES Training Reflection Sheet may be downloaded here or from the Registry page of the PATCH website (patchhawaii.org). For more information, please call The Registry at 808-839-1791 or visit the website mentioned above.

Conference Schedule (subject to change):

7:30 – 8:00 Registration; Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:20 Welcome Oli; Announcements

8:20 – 9:20 Eric Kimmel

9:20 – 10:20 Kathryn Otoshi

10:20 – 11:20 Open Choices/Breakout Sessions/Book Signing

11:30 – 1:15 Lunch (See menu below)

1:30 – 2:30 Dr. Jackie Pualani Johnson

2:45 – 3:15 Eric Kimmel

3:15 – 3:45 Kathryn Otoshi

3:45 – 4:00 Evaluations, Drawing and Closing Remarks


Rice and Pasta
Steamed White Rice
Vegetable Chow Fun

Mixed Greens w/Dressings
Potato Macaroni Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad

Main Courses
London Broil – Steak Cut
Mochiko Chicken
Sauteed Mahimahi

Citrus Crunch Cake
Coffee, Hot Tea, Decaf, Iced Tea & Fruit Punch