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)

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!


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

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

Derek Kurisu, Raised in a plantation culture, a sought-after speaker sharing his values of hard work, teamwork, and community engagement

Conference Schedule:

7:30 – 8:00 Registration; Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:20 Welcome Oli; Announcements

8:20 – 9:20 “Starting in Storytelling” Eric Kimmel

9:20 – 10:20 “Raising Social Awareness Through the Power of Picture Books” Kathryn Otoshi (Download handouts: Beautiful Hands; Wireframe Bird Steps; ZERO, ONE, TWO Questions)

10:20 – 11:20 Autographs and Breakout Sessions

11:30 – 1:15 Luncheon (See menu below) with speaker Derek Kurisu

1:30 – 2:30 “Make a scene!  Using Drama Techniques To Enliven Reading” Jackie Pualani Johnson (Download handout: Onomatopoeia and Subtext; Power Point presentation: Make A Scene!)

2:45 – 3:15 “Deconstructing Stories” Eric Kimmel

3:15 – 3:45 “Using Picture Book Art to Inspire Strong Character” Kathryn Otoshi

3:45 – 4:00 Evaluations 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