Twentieth Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaiʻi's Children, 2021

"A Net Full of Stories, Imagined and Real"

Conference Schedules

Conference Registration

Registration is currently available for the O'ahu and Hilo portions of the conference. Click on an icon to join us!



June 4-6, 8 2021




June 7, 2021



Can't join us on O'ahu live? Most sessions will be recorded, so please register and contact us to request access after the Conference.

Opening Festivities: June 4, 2021, 7:00pm HST

We kicked off our 2021 Conference with the six-time Emmy-nominated ensemble Honolulu Theatre for Youth, bringing you a wonderful night of performances, readings from our featured guests, and a live Q&A at the end. If you missed it, don't worry. We have uploaded the recording to our new YouTube channel! Please check out the video below:

2020-2021 Art and Writing Contests

Check out the winners of our Art & Writing Contests! Thank you to everyone who submitted entries.

Event Flyers and Press Releases

Main Flyer 2021 (click to view full size)

Family Flyer 2021 (click to view full size)

Teen Track Flyer 2021 (click to view full size)

2021 Updated CLH Press Release.pdf
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Released with the help of the Honolulu Theatre for Youth team.

You must have a print version ("Detours" section) or be a Star Advertiser online subscriber to read the article. Thank you to Steven Mark for featuring our 2021 Conference!

Academic Credit

Are you interested in attending our Conference and earning an academic credit through Mānoa's Outreach College? Download the file below to see all the essential information.

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Discounts from da Shop

We're excited to announce we've partnered with da Shop: Books & Curiosities for our 2021 Conference! They will be offering an online and an in-store discount June 9-11, 2021.

da Shop is offering a 10% off discount for online book purchases. Additional shipping costs will apply, but curbside pickup options are also available. Make sure to enter code READTOME10 in the discount field.

If you prefer to shop in a physical store, you can stop by da Shop at 3565 Harding Avenue, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm. When you reach the cash register, provide discount code READTOME10 to receive your 10% discount.


Be sure to buy fast! Thank you to da Shop for working with us again this year.


Please note: The discount dates have been changed from June 4-8 to June 9-11, as da Shop has let us know they will be closed on our Conference dates for inventory.

Still in a buying mood? Check out our 2021 Conference T-shirts (along with Professional Sessions and CLH memberships)! Please consider picking up your purchases from Chaminade University on Sunday, June 6, 2021, from 12:00–3:00pm.


Chaminade University
Clarence TC Ching Hall

3140 Waialae Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

Humanities Guide

Despite having to delay our 2020 conference by a year, we were still able to publish our biennial Humanities Guide, a conference favorite full of features to hold you over until we reconvene in June. 

2020-21 Humanities Guide
CLH Humanities Guide 2020-21.pdf
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Steering Committee

Dr. Todd H. Sammons

President of Children's Literature Hawaiʻi, English Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Kelly Murashige

2021 Conference Director, 2020 Graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Esha Neogy

Consulting Conference Director, Past Conference Director (1998-2004)


Lea Haertwig

Conference Intern and Graphic Designer, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Andrea Bartlett

Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Professor Emeritus


Sue Cowing

Poet and Writer, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Hawaiʻi


Cheryl D. Edelson

Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Design and Professor of English, Chaminade University of Honolulu


Jean Grice


USPACOM DoDEA Pacific Liaison Officer


Amy Lau

Children's Librarian, Hawaiʻi State Library, Edna Allyn Room for Children


Caryn Lesuma

CLH Board Member and 2018 Conference Director, PhD in English, Assistant Professor, Brigham-Young University-Hawaiʻi


Eric J. McCutcheon

Office Assistant, Kaiser High School


Sherry Rose

Teacher, Farrington High School


Kathleen Shiramizu

Teacher, Farrington High School


Stefannye Slaughter

Young Adult Librarian, Mānoa Public Library


Joseph Stanton

Professor Emeritus of Art History and American Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mànoa (retiree)


Courtnie Tokuda

Author, Teacher, St. Philomene Early Learning Center


Helena Ying

J/YA Librarian, Hawai'i State Library, Edna Allyn Room for Children


Christel Yount

Educator (retiree)



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

Our 2021 logo is copyrighted by artist Caren Loebel-Fried and reproduced with permission.
The University of Hawaiʻi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.