After spending the weekend in Lahaina, I drove back along the beautiful coastline and up through the central valley of Maui to spend Monday morning visiting Iao Middle School. I spoke with two groups of students in the library who were in the process of making their own books. They gave me a gorgeous orchid lei and another lei made of little macadamia nut packets. I was especially grateful for the mac nut snacks later when my friend took us on a hike up the Waihe`e Ridge Trail. We were very hungry when we got back to the car! I dried the orchid lei, and still have it hanging in my art studio as a reminder of my visit to Maui. The students asked some good questions about the book-making process. I hope the information will help them do a good job on their own projects. I spent the afternoon at the Maui Ocean Center, where I painted some gorgeous fish in my journal, then I drove to the airport to pick up my husband, Gabriel. As we drove back along the coast to Lahaina, we watched the sun set into the ocean, and I thought this might have been one of the best school visit days I’ve had in a long time!
Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini is an award-winning author and illustrator. She loves visiting schools and sharing her inspiring story of publishing her first book when she was only 16 years old with children.