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

"A Net Full of Stories, Imagined and Real"


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)


Couldn't join us live? Most sessions were 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.

Featuring Special Guests: Lehua Parker & Caren Loebel-Fried

Please click an image to learn more about them:

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!

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



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.

Story Magic

Because our 2021 conference was held online, for the first time ever we have digital tutorials for our popular crafts and activities for children. 


Click here to get started!

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

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

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

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
Adobe Acrobat Document 7.9 MB

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, Assistant Professor of English at 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.