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Malia Maunakea is a Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer who grew up on Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu before relocating to the continent for college. She writes both middle-grade fiction and nonfiction and is the author of Lei and the Fire Goddess (Penguin Workshop, summer 2023) and Lightweight Backpacking for Families (CMC Press, spring 2023). When not at her computer, she can often be found roaming the Rocky Mountains with her husband, their two children, and a rescue mutt named Peggy. Malia is online at maliamaunakea.com and @MaliaMaunakea on Twitter and Instagram.
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Malia Maunakea is a Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) writer of middle-grade fiction and nonfiction and is the author of Lei and the Fire Goddess (Penguin Workshop, summer 2023) and Lightweight Backpacking for Families (CMC Press, spring 2023).
Malia grew up in the rainforest of Hawaiʻi Island before moving to a valley in Oʻahu in seventh grade to attend a school founded by a Hawaiian princess. Though she relocated to Colorado for college, Hawaiʻi has remained in her heart. Now, instead of tromping through the rainforest, she roams the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two children, and rescue mutt. To reconnect with her roots, Malia recently enrolled in an online program at Windward Community College to pursue a degree in Hawaiian Studies.
Growing up with ADHD kept her constantly jumping from idea to idea, but Hawaiian legends captured Malia’s imagination and stuck. Her ever-whirring brain is excited to spin new tales for the next generation, especially when she can weave in a whisper of island lore.
Malia is online at maliamaunakea.com and @MaliaMaunakea on Twitter and Instagram.
Press & Event Inquiries
Malia Maunakea is represented by Suzie Townsend and Sarah Gerton of New Leaf Literary & Media: suzie [at] newleafliterary [dot] com and sgerton [at] newleafliterary [dot] com. All inquiries regarding the availability of rights or events can be directed to them.
Fun Facts About Malia
- Birthday: Groundhog’s Day
- Pronouns: She/Her
- Favorite Decade for Music: 1950’s
- Favorite Shave Ice Order: Half strawberry, half coconut with mochi balls and ice cream inside and li hing sauce (not powder!) on top
- Favorite Color: Teal
- Favorite Animal: ʻIwa Birds (Sky Pirates!)
- Favorite Books in Elementary: Garfield and The Far Side
- Favorite Author in Middle School: Christopher Pike
- Favorite Musubi: Ume
- Favorite Former Snack from Hawaiʻi: Saloon Pilot Crackers
- Favorite Place to Visit: National Parks
- Favorite Kind of Movies: Rom-Coms
- Second Favorite Kind of Movies: Anything happy and predictable
- Favorite Drink: Water
- Second Favorite Drink: Tea
- Favorite Soda: Mug Root Beer
- Favorite Subject in Elementary School: Reading
- Favorite Subject in Middle School: Band
- Favorite Subject in High School: AutoCAD
- Favorite High School Sport: Canoe Paddling
- Favorite Candy: Haribo Gummy Bears
- Favorite Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Fun Old Fact: I used to be able to touch my nose with my tongue.
- Fun New Fact: Now I can make three loops with my tongue.
- Fun Random Fact: I’ve walked from Mexico to Canada on the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail
- Favorite Smell: Lei! Maile, ginger, pikake…