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How Six Little Ipu Got Their Names
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SKU: 9781573061865

How Six Little Ipu Got Their Names

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    This original tale of “hold hands and stick together” traces the footsteps of 6 young bottle gourds from the emerald valley of their birth to the loving arms of their new vines. It is an imaginative look into the life story of a hula implement.

    Separated from their vines at a tender age, the little gourds are taken to the home of a local implement maker. There they meet Uncle Ka Leo, a grand and grumpy ipu heke who gives them tantalizing glimpses of what they someday may become. From the moment the ipu were picked up, they felt something they hadn’t felt since those first days in the sleepy warmth of the emerald valley. They felt wanted and connected and cared for.

    This story reminds us that, in spite of life’s uncertainties and insecurities, happy endings are possible even in the most unexpected places.


    Debi Brimmer was born in Washington, D.C., and has lived in the Maryland suburbs of that city ever since. She discovered hula when her ex-husband began to play drums for a Hawaiian band at a local restaurant. Once she saw the dancers doing a song while sitting on the floor. She thought if you could sit on the floor and do this, I might as well try it! That was in 1980, and she has been hooked ever since. 

    Julie Coleson was born in Frankfurt Germany. She first learned hula when she was around 15 and living in Panama. Since then, it has been a life-long preoccupation. Her hobbies include hula, artwork, and classic cars. She is the Assistant to the Bureau Chief of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs at the Washington, D.C. Bureau.