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Ko’olauloa Battle of the Books

Written by David Estes

A recorded version of the competition will air on ‘Ōlelo channel 53 on the following days/times: April 17, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.; April 18 at 3:00 p.m.; April 20 at 6:00 p.m.; April 24 at 8:30 a.m.


The first annual Ko’olauloa Battle of the Books on the North Shore took place on March 11th at Turtle Bay Resort, and was a huge success! Avid readers in grades two through six from four different schools competed in the battle to test their bookish knowledge in a fun, exciting environment. Hundreds of parents and volunteers cheered on the kids as they rapidly hit their buzzers and answered the questions. There was even a lightning round required to determine which team would win the second place trophy in the sixth grade division. The questioner for the lightning round happened to be SCBWI representative, David Estes, who later said, “The excitement in the ballroom was palpable. It just goes to show that, when given the opportunity, kids can get just as excited about reading as TV, games, or movies.” When the final question was answered, a huge cheer went up to celebrate the victors! There are many ways to get kids interested in reading, but the Battle of the Books was a truly exceptional event. Organizer, Tamara Martinez, the Children’s Librarian at the Kuhuku Public and School Library, hopes to eventually build the competition into an island-wide event.


David Estes is the author of popular YA dystopian series, the Dwellers Saga and the Country Saga. Voted books to read if you enjoyed the Hunger Games on Buzzfeed and Listopia. Learn more about David at