Tifney Bertram’s New Book “Share the Shaka” Captures the Aloha Spirit and Teaches Children to be Curious and Respectful to All Cultures

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Recent release “Share the Shaka” from Page Publishing author Tifney Bertram follows a mainland boy, Paul, whose family moves to Hawaii, where he learns about some of the area’s traditions and lifestyles.

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Tifney Bertram, a retired middle school math teacher from Southern California, who lived in Kilauea, Hawaii with her husband before settling down in Bend, Oregon, has completed her new book “Share the Shaka: A Story of Friendship”: an endearing children’s book that teaches readers about Paul’s experiences in Hawaii as he is guided by his new friend and neighbor, a local boy named Kai.

“While living on Kauai for six years, my husband and I had a fruit and flower farm,” Tifney Bertram explained of her relationship with Hawaii. “It was during this time that I learned to appreciate the aloha spirit.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Tifney Bertram’s story begins with Paul and Kai meeting, and Kai greeting his new friend with a unique hand gesture. Sometimes referred to as the hang loose gesture by those familiar with surf culture, it is a wave with just the thumb and pinky out, and the three other fingers bent down.

Paul is excited to learn the history of this greet, which as Kai says, can mean Aloha—both hello and goodbye. Through a vividly illustrated landscape, Kai leads Paul to his uncle’s surf shack but his uncle does not know the origin of the shaka. They go to Kai’s other uncle’s ukulele shop, but he does not know where the shaka came from either. They visit an aunt’s restaurant and get fed, but do not learn about the shaka. They visit several other places until Kai introduces Paul to his tutu, his grandmother, who is also a librarian. After a long and adventurous day, Paul has learned both about present day Hawaii and this longtime greeting, the shaka.

Readers who wish to experience the aloha spirit and learn more about another culture can purchase “Share the Shaka: A Story of Friendship” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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