Our Conference was held online (June 4-8, 2021). Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Couldn't join us live? Most sessions have been recorded, so please register and request access if you would like to see the recordings. We are still working on uploading them, so it may take some time before we can send links.


June 4, 2021

Online from Tenney Theatre 

Featuring Honolulu Theatre for Youth 


June 5, 6, & 8, 2021 

Online through Chaminade University


Hawai'i Island

June 7, 2021

Online through the University of Hawai'i-Hilo

(separate registration required)


We are proud to welcome our featured guests, Lehua Parker and Caren Loebel-Fried. Please click on their photos below for more information. They will be presenting keynote speeches, holding professional sessions, and leading teen workshops. Other presenters include local and national writers, artists, performers (including Honolulu Theatre for Youth), librarians, educators, and scholars, and our children's activities will focus on instructional craft videos with supplies available for pickup. We will also be inducting multi-award-winning local author-illustrator James Rumford into our new Hall of Fame! We invite anyone interested in children's literature to learn more and join us for some safe, educational, and virtual fun. Aside from our Professional Sessions, everything is FREE!

Featuring Special Guests: Lehua Parker & Caren Loebel-Fried

Please click an image to learn more about them:

Special Teen Track Sessions


Especially for aspiring youth writers and artists; we encourage youth to attend any other conference sessions, too!

Youth Writers' Workshop:        Saturday, June 5, 10:45am-1:00pm HST

In this interactive workshop, Lehua will help teen writers with their own creative writing. More details coming soon. Please register and we'll contact you with an update--you may cancel your free registration at any time.

Youth Artists' Workshop:          Sunday, June 6, 10:30am-12:45pm HST

In this workshop, Caren demonstrates her block printing technique and how she makes an ancient art form come alive. She invites teens to bring their own artwork to share. Register today!

Special Professional Sessions


With our Featured Guests, for adult writers and illustrators

Saturday, June 5

Sunday, June 6

Tuesday, June 8

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This program was created in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, the state affiliate of National Endowment for the Humanities.