The Kauai Visitors Bureau and the Kauai Monk Seal Watch Program (KMSWP) held an essay contest, along with KONG, FM. I was one of the judges, and here's my super secret ballot . . .
And the winner was Eva Wilson . . .
In addition to reading her award-winning essay live on the radio, she was given an American Girl Kanani doll, and book autographed by Moi!
The island scenery was magnificent . . .
Before we knew it, it was time to head home. But first, there was a spectacular dinner at the Grand Hyatt Resort with members of the press . . .
(That's with Cindy Richards, editor of the super cool Traveling Mom, with Dr. Charles Littnan of NOAA, and Moi)
The next day was a Drawing Contest at the Kauai Beach Resort. Each girl was given a box of Crayons instructed to include Kanani and a monk seal on Kauai (in the American Girl stories, Kanani helps rescue, then raise money, to help save the seals) . . .
Then, it was time for the honorable judges to do their thing . . .
While they were judging, my American Girl editor, Jennifer Hirsch, sang . . .
(Actually, she talked about how the Kanani books and doll were created.)
Then, it was my turn. I discussed global economics and Peepy. Oh, and what it was like to write the Kanani books . . .
Sue Kanoho, from the Kauai Visitors Bureau, greeted Eva, who was invited to read her essay and serve as a judge. Here we are in our tastefully chic color-coordinated ensembles . . .
Hawaii Stream was there filming, so of course, they sought out Peepy . . .
Drawing prizes included Kanani books and a plush monk seal . . .
(That's me giving out books, since I am an author. And that's Charles giving out a monk seal since he's a monk seal -- er, monk seal expert.)
Look! It's the first place winners. Both girls won American Girl Kanani dolls . . .
In the 11-12 years old category is Nalani Thain . . .
And Isabella Fox took 1st Place for the 8-10 years olds . . .
Here's Hawaii Stream's video of the event . . .
Ah, what a wonderful time we had in Kaua'i! Here's Peepy, reminiscing and having her last bowl of saimen before leaving the island . . .
We're home now, but were able to bring back some great memories of Kauai . . .
If you weren't able to make it to Kauai to hear me talk about creating the Kanani stories, you can at GIRL DOLL TALK. Yes! A couple of girls interviewed me for their site. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.
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