teacH gratitude Like a Hawaiian

Coming November ’22

Give the Gift of Gratitude

Coming 11/12/22

gratitude turns what we have into enough

                  Coming 11/12/22

mahalo means     thank you

Or does it?

When Hiwa and Keao meet their cousin AJ who comes to visit them from California for the first time, they learn what HE thinks Mahalo means and even though he’s not correct, it does make you think…

While the parents all get a laugh, Pupu gets a chance to teach her grandchildren not just the meaning of Mahalo, but the true meaning of one of the three most cherished Hawaiian values.

Teach your children and grandchildren gratitude the Hawaiian way and see how this one word can change lives

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“You don’t need to be Hawaiian — or even a child — to love the inspiring message and powerful link to ancestors and culture in this book. The charming text and inviting illustrations deliver a wonderful message of connection to the infinite and the divine — and you might even learn a Hawaiian word or two!”

Marci MgPhee

Writer, Editor, "The Law of Love" by Steve Young

“At a time in which cultural awareness has become increasingly important to so many, “Mahalo Does Not Mean Trash” provides timely clarity in a fun and educational way. Readers will find the book to be light enough for youngsters while at the same time offering valuable sentimental and cultural lessons.”

Eric Keawekane


“Mahalo Does Not Mean Trash, is a heartwarming picture book that will quickly become a treasured favorite of both parents and children. Told with heart and humor, this story reinforces the core Hawaiian values of Aloha and Mahalo. As a mother of four, I’m so grateful to have found a book that is both educational and entertaining. I highly recommend this book!”

Tiffany Odekirk

Mother of Four, Author of "Love Unscripted" and "Love on Pointe"

“A Hawaiian message with universal appeal. This timeless story shows that gratitude is more than a word. It is a deeply felt expression that unites families, bridges generations, and puts us in the presence of the divine. Mahalo to the Perkins ‘ohana—especially Pupu—for teaching us about . . . mahalo!”

Matthew Corry


Our Story

Perkins Keiki at bday party

Our parents are HAWAIIAN and our ancestors go back to the kings and queens. We’re the non-royal side. Lol

We were born on the Windward side of Oahu. We went to school there for a little while until our ohana (family) had to move to the California where our dad lives. We lived there for a while and then moved to Alaska where we live with our mom.

Perkins Keiki

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