West Oahu Author’s New­est Book A True Fam­ily Af­fair

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By RASA FOURNIER

A pop­u­lar West Oahu author has found a pro­tégé in her 11-year-old daugh­ter.

Aiea/Pearl City res­i­dent Lau­rie Ide, who has pub­lished a few chil­dren’s books and sev­eral guides on flower ar­rang­ing and lei mak­ing, has teamed up with daugh­ter Kar­ley on a book about paper fold­ing.

Hawai­ian Sea Life Origami: A Be­gin­ner’s Step-by-Step Guide is Kar­ley’s first voy­age into the pub­lish­ing world, and the 36 origami sea life crea­tures pic­tured in the book are all her unique cre­ations.

The project got started when Kar­ley was 6 and re­ceived a book on di­nosaur origami-mak­ing from her mother.

“We got the book for her be­cause she likes di­nosaurs,” ex­plained Ide. “She couldn’t fig­ure out the di­rec­tions on how to make them be­cause there were, like, 30 steps in each de­sign. So she ended up chang­ing it around and com­plet­ing the di­nosaurs on her own. She started mak­ing di­nosaurs for two years at school with any kind of paper she could find — scratch paper, Post-it notes — and she would make other an­i­mals and things like Christ­mas trees and Santa.”

One day Kar­ley called her mom over to see 15 sea an­i­mals she had cre­ated. Mom got on the In­ter­net and bor­rowed some books to be sure the de­signs were un­pub­lished. Sure enough, they all turned out to be orig­i­nal cre­ations.

“My daugh­ter de­signed the di­a­grams fast,” Ide added. “If I said we were missing a shark, she’d have to fig­ure one out and if it was kind of funny she would keep try­ing. It was re­ally fun for her.”

In the book, the mother- daugh­ter duo of­fer color pic­tures on how to fold origami squares un­til they re­sem­ble Hawai­ian ma­rine an­i­mals like a squid, orca, box jel­ly­fish, honu, mo­ray eel, dol­phin, monk seal, her­mit crab, fish, lob­sters and lots more. They also in­clude tales about lo­cal cul­ture and list the name of each an­i­mal in Hawai­ian.

The fam­ily af­fair wouldn’t have been com­plete with­out some help from Kar­ley’s 8- year-old brother, Kam­ren, who helped cre­ate the back­grounds de­picted in the book. He cut out the rocks and sea­weed for the ocean scenes and painted the paper to give it color and tex­ture.

Ide’s mother, Ethel Shimizu, also got in on the ac­tion by tak­ing all of the pho­to­graphs.

The book costs $13.95 and is avail­able at all ma­jor book stores and at Sam’s Club. Visit mu­tu­alpub­lish­ing.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Lo­cal author Lau­rie Ide (cen­ter) got help from daugh­ter Kar­ley and son Kam­ren when cre­at­ing her new­est book, ‘Hawai­ian Sea Life Origami: A Be­gin­ner’s Step-by-Step Guide.’ Photo from Lau­rie Ide.

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