How Six Little Ipu Got Their Names


How Six Little Ipu Got Their Names


by Debi Brimmer, Julie Coleson

hard cover, color
32 pp, 8" x 11"

includes read-along CD

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This original tale of "hold hands and stick together" traces the footsteps of six young bottle gourds from the emerald green 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.  Even though the little gourds are frightened and insecure, sticking together gives them the courage that carries them safely through their many adventures.

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 Washington, D.C. Bureau.