Kino Kahele was hoping for a mobile device but instead receives a shimmery rock as a present – given to her by her grandmother She tells Kino the stone is filled with mana the lifeblood of the islands It had been passed down for generations specifically for Kino on her twelfth birthday – to help her find her destiny To keep her rock from bullies Kino hides in the grass hut at Bishop Museum and drops her special stone into a conch shell With a flash of bright light she is transported to 1825 just five years after the missionaries arrived in Hawaii She meets an eleven year old boy weeks before he is crowned Kamehameha III Together they go on an adventure filled journey around Oahu braving encounters with sharks wild boars Night Marchers and while gathering the four items a kahuna said she needed to fulfill her destiny and return home KINO and the KING is a novel filled with Hawaiian history customs language and lore Based on real people places and events both historical and current the story educates as it entertains Written for middle grade it’s an enjoyable read for kids and adults alike


10 thoughts on “Kino and the King

  1. says:

    This novel is listed for children ages 11 and up Certain stories such as this one appeal to the child in all of us At one point I made a note about the genre which I listed as YA Fantasy Mythology Hawaiian history Mystery Adventure not necessarily in that orderThe smooth transition from present day storyline to time travel in 1825 Hawaii needs very little suspension of disbelief The intriguing authentically presented experience of living in the days just before King Kam III is crowned gave me chicken skinThe author's cleverly developed plotline along with a uniue subplot held my interest throughout I would recommend this book to readers who like entertainment plus a bit of interesting island history added to the mix Aloha


  2. says:

    Kino and the King by Jen Angeli is a middle grade adventure uest set in Hawaii Cutting to the chase we need stories like this one where island kids see themselves as the heroes and Hawaiian culture as something both amazing and ordinary rather than sensationally exoticIn the story 12 year old Kino and her mother move to Hawaii to live with her maternal grandparents in Kalihi Oahu With her grandfather ill and her family facing eviction from their home Kino discovers that she has an ancient destiny to save both Hawaii and her grandfather by going back in time to 1825 There she meets the young Kamehameha III just prior to his ascension to the throne After meeting with a kahuna at a heiau it becomes clear that in order to return to her own time Kino must go on a uest for four objects gathered from various parts of Oahu—and of course the young prince is going to come alongAs the adventure uest plot unfolds Jen deftly weaves in aspects of Hawaiian culture and history Islanders will recognize kapu customs protocol and Hawaiian legends such as night marchers Pele Kamapua‘a sacred waterfalls ‘aumakua choking ghosts and magic gourds and calabashes1825 is a significant time in Hawaiian history after the fall of the kapu system and during the first years of the Protestant missionaries’ influence Hawaii is experiencing the growing pangs of contact with the wider world In the story there’s a glimpse of the monumental civic and cultural challenges but Jen is always conscious of her 4th – 8th grade audience and keeps the action moving Topics are lightly touched upon in a way that can start discussions about these important topics Kino and the King is respectful of Hawaiian history and culture Teachers parents and librarians will find it provides a springboard for further reflection study and inuiryBut as good as 1825 was I gotta say I liked the modern conflicts best Mean girls romantic interests class wars private school snobbery leasehold vs fee simple landownership high cost of living in paradise afterschool enrichment classes in Hawaiian—it’s all here Anyone growing up in Hawaii will instantly relate to Kino’s modern world—and those far from home will probably crave spam musubi reading about itReaders of The Niuhi Shark Saga books are certain to enjoy Kino and the King Can’t wait for Jen Angeli’s next adventureKino and the King by Jen Angeli is available in eBook and paperback from


  3. says:

    Not bad but not the greatest I love that it focuses on a mixed race child and emphasizes multiple times the mixed ness of Hawaii and how it's a good outcome even though there were bad effects as well I also love that it goes back into Hawaiian history and Hawaiian culture I love anything magical or fantastical and I also loved how the stories on the island were given life even in the past We follow Kino a young girl who travels into the past because of a shiny stone she recieved on her birthday from her grandma She goes back in time and alters history a bit because she goes on an adventure with one of the kings of Hawaii as a prince He helps her retrieve ingredients for a potion to help her not only return home but heal her grandfather who suffers from a curse he got from his ancestors I feel like Kino didn't really learn much from her journey though and I think something could've been done with that When she returns home it's to a wealthy lifestyle and inherited land which is nice but it doesn't change any of the conflict that happened between her and the girls beforehand other than just erasing the problem which is a bit of a let down


  4. says:

    Heartwarming adventureI enjoyed Kino's story so much and it gave me insight into Hawaiian history and culture which I had never explored before This adventure spanning two different time periods moved at a steady engaging pace I sympathized with the main characters while admiring their bravery This is a heartwarming tale of love and friendship and Aloha suitable for all ages


  5. says:

    I absolutely love this book While it's basically a story for teens or even younger the historical aspect of the writing appealed to my adult side The research that went into it was so impressive it truly impressed me I highly recommend this to anybody interested in Hawaiian culture or simply a gripping read


  6. says:

    I feel like I not only went on a vivid vacation to Hawaii but I learned many things about the culture and