CURSES AREN’T REAL. At least, that’s what twelve-year-old part-Hawaiian Anna Leilani Kamaʻehu thinks when she listens to her grandma’s folktales about sacred flowers and family guardians. Anna’s friends back home in Colorado don’t believe in legends, either. They’re more interested in science and soccer—real, tangible things that contrast starkly with Anna’s family’s embarrassing stories.
So when Anna goes back to Hawaiʻi to visit her tūtū, she has no interest in becoming the heir to her family’s history; she’s set on having a touristy, fun vacation. But when Anna accidentally insults Pele the fire goddess by destroying her lehua blossom, a giant hawk swoops in and kidnaps her best friend, and she quickly learns just how real these moʻolelo are. In order to save her friends and family, Anna must now battle mythical creatures, team up with demigods and talking bats, and evade the traps Pele hurls her way.
To undo the curse, Anna will have to dig deep into her Hawaiian roots and learn to embrace all of who she is.