This morning, mainland time, Stephanie Malia Krauss became a first time author. Her book is titled Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World. Ted Dintersmith, author of What School Could Be said the following about Stephanie Malia’s book: In her new book ‘Making It,’ Stephanie Malia Krauss delivers a wake-up call about the need to align the core of American education with the ever-changing demands of the workplace. She lays out a compelling vision of the currencies that will be essential to adults in coming decades and argues persuasively for a wholesale reimagination of how we educate all students — from toddlers through adults seeking to upgrade skills. For a roadmap to a better future, dive into this book! To my educator friends in Hawaiʻi, and all educators out there, I echo Ted’s endorsement. During my reading all I could think about is how timely Stephanie Malia’s book will prove to be, especially after the events of this pandemic year. Stephanie Malia has deep roots in Hawaiʻi. She is Native Hawaiian, a kanaka maoli whose Tutu Nui (grandma) and her family are from from Moloka’i. Her aunties there were teachers, including supporting the state school on Kalaupapa. Her Papa Nui’s (grandfather) family is from Maui. Born on a plantation there, he was orphaned, but there is evidence that his ancestry traces back to royalty. Stephanie Malia was raised on the “mainland” (the other 49 states), but spent early summers with grandparents in Maunawili on O’ahu. She sees writing this book as her kuleana (responsibility) after eight years off the frontline and into national work. To learn more about Stephanie Malia go to StephanieMaliaKrauss.com. To purchase her book, which I recommend, search for Making It on Amazon.com. Part II of this interview will be coming soon! Stay safe and in good health, everyone.