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 It was a dream come true, then, when the cou- ple’s book, The Incredi- ble Adventures of Kinslee and Kallie: How To Build A Snowman, hit the met- aphorical shelves of the internet not long ago. The story follows the lives of Kinslee and Kallie (the Woods’ real-life children) as they work together to create a snowman.
“Soccer was actually what brought us together,” shares Joseph. “We both played soccer at the colle- giate level so, because of that, we always thought it would the subject of our first book.
“It is a major challenge to be in charge of the food preparation for the lū‘au, but my education here at the Leeward Community College Culinary Arts Pro- gram has really prepared metotakeiton,soI’mre- ally excited,” states Wood.
“It’s actually a great honor to be given this responsi- bility, especially as I look forward to graduating next month and embarking on my culinary life journey.”
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   Pearl City Couple Writes Kids’ Book
Buy Lū‘au Plate To Support LCC’s Culinary Students
Pearl City natives Jo- seph and Dayna Wood en- visioned they would pen a book together from the mo- ment they first met.
decided to do early child- hood children’s books. Finding love for reading early in a child’s life will help them tremendously as they grow up.”
Leeward residents can support their area commu- nity college at its largest fundraiser of the year: May Day Lū‘au To Go.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 in the Leeward Community College park- ing lot, residents can pick up a plate packed with lau lau, kālua pig, chicken long rice, beef stew and rice, as well as mac salad, lomi lomi salmon, ʻuala (Ha- waiian sweet potato), poi, pineapple and haupia cake. Cost is $30 and presales are open through April 30. This event replaces Lee- ward CC’s Culinary Arts Program’s annual in-person fundraising gala.
Abigail Langlas is one of the instructors guid-
ing the event, while se- nior Jasmyne Wood, who will be graduating in May, serves as sous chef and will oversee the creation of 1,500 meals.
“You know when you first start dating and you talk about all the things you wanted to do togeth- er? Well, one of our goals was to become published authors,” says Joseph. “We weren’t quite sure what type of book we wanted to write, but we always knew we wanted to write some- thing.”
Joseph is an educator at Kailua Intermediate School, while Dayna is a first-grade teacher at ʻEwa Beach’s Pōhākea Elemen- tary School. The husband- and-wife duo, who have been married for six years, also coach soccer at Kailua High School.
“We hope for a sell-out event as the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to- ward scholarships and oth- er much-needed funds for equipment and supplies that help support our stu- dents in the Culinary Arts Program,” states Langlas.
Leeward Commnunity College’s May Day Lū‘au To Go is accepting orders now for a May 1 pickup. PHOTO COURTESY JASMYNE WOOD
tions can be directed to Langlas at 808-381-6641 or Those who would like to donate without pur- chasing a plate can visit funds/12354204.
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   “Our first inspiration was, of course, our two daughters,” says Joseph. “Writing about their jour- ney through life and the different adventures that they partake in will allow their childhood to live on even when they become adults.
“Writing any book is a large undertaking that takes multiple processes, howev- er, when you write it with your best friend and some- one with whom you’ve al- ways had this dream, there really was no other way we would’ ve had it.”
Later this year, the Makakilo residents plan to release another edition of The Incredible Adventures of Kinslee and Kallie. Now, though, Leeward residents can find their first book on Amazon or authorjoseph-
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           “The second big reason is, as public school educa- tors, we understand how crucial it is for every child to not only read but, more importantly, to find joy in reading. Our hope by creat- ing The Incredible Adven- tures of Kinslee and Kallie book series (is that) every child will have a book they can enjoy. This is why we
“We just want everyone to know how much we ap- preciate the love and sup- port everyone has shown us. This was incredibly scary and a huge leap of faith for us, but having an entire island behind us and joining our ʻohana on this adventure has really giv- en us a sense of calm and peace.”
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