Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

(Hawaii • All Islands) July 18th Online Hui

Date(s) - 07/18/2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Online Hui with Regional Advisor, Akiko White, Cakelustrator & Illustrator Coordinator Mirka Hokkanen

Zoom Online Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the event (July 17th).
Please RSVP no later than July 17th, 3pm.

Akiko and Mirka will guide you in how to set up your dummy for submission and for helping with story pacing. Writers and Illustrators will both benefit from learning how to do this important step in the process of creating your manuscript.

About Akiko

When I was only four years old my mother introduced me to painting and my grandmother shared her baking secrets with me. This inspired me to create the kind of art I make today. I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the McNay Art Institute and have worked as a professional illustrator and graphic designer. I have also taught digital and traditional illustration as an adjunct professor.

In 2014, I won The Tomie dePaola award through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In 2015, I won best in show at That Takes the Cake Show in Austin, Texas. In 2016, I participated on Food Network’s Cake Wars with the Best Designed Cake in Cake Wars History!

As the next Regional Advisor for SCBWI Hawaii, I would like for our chapter to become a great community of friends who support each other in our journey to publication and beyond. I would like to connect our authors and illustrators with local booksellers, Publishers, librarians and teachers. My hope is that by creating a strong community of like-minded people we will all have success in the children’s book world.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and working together to make our SCBWI Hawaii chapter a great community!


About Mirka Hokkanen
Mirka is a printmaker, illustrator and writer. She’s worked as a fine artist for over 20 years and began illustrating picture books in 2016. She loves to draw animals. Originally from Finland, she is a military spouse and has lived in nine locations across the globe. She and her husband have three children, and have adopted several fur babies over the years.
You can find more about Mirka at