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Artist Tammy Yee; The Tsunami Quilt

On September 8, 2007 the Pacific Tsunami Museum hosted a free event featuring noted children's author and illustrator Tammy Yee and her new book, "The Tsunami Quilt." The book is dedicated to the late Bunji Fujimoto, a long time friend and supporter of the museum and a 1946 Laupahoehoe tsunami survivor.
Tammy Yee and Honey Fujimoto
Tammy Yee and Honey Fujimoto

Tammy Yee; author and illustrator
Author and artist Tammy Yee grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she explored tide pools, swam in streams, and wrote and illustrated spooky stories her teachers politely read. After she graduated from college she worked as a pediatric registered nurse. Having children rekindled her love for picture books, so in 1994 she exchanged her stethoscope for a paintbrush and she's been writing and illustrating ever since.

Tammy Yee

On April 1, 1946 an enormous tsunami wave strikes Hilo, Hawaii, causing death and destruction. Even those islanders who are fortunate to have survived find their lives forever altered. Young Kimo loves his grandfather very much. They go everywhere together, sharing island stories and experiences. But there is one story his grandfather has yet to share and that is the reason behind their yearly pilgrimage to Laupahoehoe Point. Here, in silent remembrance, Grandfather places a flower lei atop a stone monument. It is only after his grandfather's sudden death that Kimo learns the story behind their annual visit and the reason for the sadness that has haunted his grandfather throughout the years.
Book cover of "The Tsunami Quilt"
To purchase this book, check out the Museum Store
The Tsunami Quilt

Tammy Yee and Donna Saiki
Tammy has worked on more than 24 books including Lullaby Moon (written by Elaine Masters), winner of the 2003 Ka Palapala Po'okela Award for Excellence in Children's Books; and A is for Aloha (written by Uilani Goldsberry, Sleeping Bear Press), which was selected by the Hawaii Center for the Book to represent the state at the 2006 National Book Festival. Her latest book, The Tsunami Quilt (written by Anthony Fredericks, Sleeping Bear Press) was recently released this year. She has also illustrated forensic assessment tools for the Hawaii Judiciary Children's Advocacy Center and educational material on the care of central lines in children, and is the webmaster for the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Tammy Yee and Museum Director Donna Saiki

Ed Mahoney reading
Museum director Donna Saiki began the program and Ed Mahoney read the book aloud to the audience. After the reading Donna concluded with some more tsunami survivor stories from Laupahoehoe and the video of the Yoshikazu Murakami story.

Museum Director Donna Saiki and Ed Mahoney
Donn Saiki and Ed Mahoney

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