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June 6-7, 2019
Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Ko’olau Ballrooms & Conference Center
45-550 Kionaole Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Registration $195 (includes breakfast and lunch each day)
Download your Registration Form here.

Welcome to “Ignite Your Imagination: Hō‘ā i ka Lama,” the 2019 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!


Barney Saltzberg, author and illustrator of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! Andrew Drew and Drew, Arlo Needs Glasses, Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series, and many other beloved children’s books.

Keiko Kasza, author and illustrator of The Wolf’s Chicken Stew, a 1987 ALA notable book and the winner of the 1989 Kentucky Bluegrass Award, as well as My Lucky Day, A Mother for Choco, and Silly Goose’s Big Story

Pono Shim, a leader who is working to bridge the members of the community. He was selected as one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 2010-20 for 20 – Hawaii’s top 20 Break Out Leaders for the Next 20 Years.

Derek Kurisu, executive vice president of KTA SuperStores on the island of Hawai‘i, is an icon on the Big Island. Even before “buy local, eat local” became today’s buzz words, Derek was already championing local food by labeling foods in his stores with the Mountain Apple label. Raised in a plantation culture, Derek is a sought-after speaker with his values of hard work, teamwork, and community engagement.

Conference Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday, June 6, 2019
7:30 – 8:30am Registration; Breakfast
8:30 – 9:45am Opening Plenary Session:
Featured Author: Barney Saltzberg
9:45 – 10:45am Book Signing
10:45 – 11:30am Community Building Session
11:30am – 1:00pm Luncheon Session (See menu below)
Featured Speaker: Pono Shim
1:15 – 2:45pm Concurrent Sessions I
3:00 – 4:30pm Concurrent Sessions II

Friday, June 7, 2019

7:30 – 8:00am Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00am Opening Plenary Session:
Featured Author: Keiko Kasza
9:00 – 10:00am Book Signing
10:00 – 11:15am Hawaii Authors Panel
11:15am – 12:45pm Luncheon Session (See menu below)
Featured Speaker: Derek Kurisu
1:00 – 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions III
2:45 – 3:30pm Story Book Fun

Stay for the Lucky ticket drawing!

MENU (subject to change):

Hot Breakfast
Vegetarian Frittata
Crispy Bacon
Fried Rice
Pastries and Muffins
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Coffee, Tea, and Juice

Rice and Pasta
Steamed White Rice
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Seasonal Vegetables

Island Greens with Assorted Dressings
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Freshly Baked Rolls with Butter

Main Courses

Ko’olau Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce and Toasted Almonds
Chef’s Selection of Cakes and Pies
Coffee, Hot Tea, Decaf, Iced Tea

Ample parking is available on site.


Americans with Disabilities Act

If 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.

Professional Development for Department of Education and Preschool Teachers:

For DOE teachers wanting to receive non PDE3 credit hours, please ALSO register for this conference on PDE3 (
Course Title: Read to Me Conference 2019
Course Number: LA182244
Section Title: Read to Me Conference 2019
Section Number: 287073

For early childhood professionals wanting to receive DHS Registry credit, Read to Me International has worked with PATCH so that the workshops that early childhood professionals attend will count as professional development. At the end of the conference, RTMI will provide certificates that practitioners may use to document which workshops they attended. For your convenience you may download the Hawaii Department of Human Services Early Childhood Registry Health & Safety Training Cover Sheet for Licensed and Registered Providers and Reflection Form 2 in advance.

DHS Training Hours
Day 1 = 8 Hours
Day 2 = 8 Hours

Download Resources and Handouts

Keiko Kasza- Curriculum Connections

Kindling “K”reativity- Kindling Kreativity, Why Read Aloud?, 50 Read Aloud Favorites, Read Aloud Tips, The 5 W’s, The Key Jar, Creative Development in 3-5 Year Olds

Jonathan Gillentine, Ph.D.- Igniting Imaginitive Books- Book List