Coloring Cards

Welcome to “Coloring Cards” ~ AS SEEN ON INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK

For the month of August, we will be releasing a weekly coloring card — every Thursday! It’s a great way to keep the fun of summer alive, one coloring template at a time. From swaying seahorses (template #1) to scuttling crabs (come back next week to find out!), each template can be transformed into whatever your little one wants. 

The “August Coloring Cards” series is designed to be greeting, thank you, birthday (etc!) cards, so we recommend that you first print the template on regular paper – and then print all your cards on cardstock paper. Use 4 3/4 inch x 5 3/4 inch quarter-fold envelopes (in different colors) for snazzy colors, to complement the colored cards.

Or, perhaps use your child’s creativity and imagination  to create alternatives to coloring cards. Some ideas we came up with with Gill McBarnet‘s grandson are the following: An illustration can be put in a 5 inch x 7 inch picture frame – or you can cut out the sea creatures and glue popsicle sticks to the back to make paper puppets.  Finger puppets are a great way to tell stories about the sea horses, crabs, octopus or dolphins! If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them in the comments section below! 

… And now for the easy peasy steps to make the Colorful Greeting Cards with your little ones!

  1. Visit our COLOR & SHARE page to download and print out your template (and sea creature!) of choice.
  2. Cut along the horizontal line to create two cards, then fold each of the two cards (after folding on line, trim where needed!)
  3. Have your little one color in the sea creature.
  4. On the back of the card, have your little artist sign his/her name on the dotted line below “Made By”.
  5. Don’t forget to add your message on the inside of the card.
  6. Voila!

For our Greeting Cards, we are using these “invitation envelopes” from OfficeMax … but if you’re feeling extra creative, here is a DIY to make an envelope.

Have fun! And don’t forget to tag us on social media (#HCBcoloringcards) or send a picture of your beautiful coloring cards to … See you next week for the release of the next coloring card!

April Giveaway on Instagram

(Giveaway is only on Instagram! No other social media posts will be considered)


Who is ready for a G I V E A W A Y?! We have the most amazing followers, so to thank you all for being so loyal, we are going to give one lucky winner a Hawaiian Children’s Book of your choice personally autographed by author Gill McBarnet … and deliver it free of charge right to your doorstep (wherever you are in the world)! 

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Goodnight Gecko Song

Check out the “Gecko Jingle” below, sung by the talented Andrea Perkins and the cast of MAPA’s 2015 production of “The Goodnight Gecko.” Enjoy!

Ocean Theme Halloween


“A pirate’s life for me!”

Yo Ho Ho my hearties… hope to see you at

Barnes & Noble (Lahaina, Maui)

Saturday 24th, October 2015 at 11 a.m

for one of Gill’s ocean stories,

followed by a mini ‘in-store’ parade &

ocean-theme dress-up competition for 0 – 6year olds.

Call Suzi at Barnes & Noble for details: (808)-662-1307


Calling All Mermaids

Do you have a mermaid (or “mer-boy”!) photo you’d like to share? Send your photo and caption to:

Be sure to include WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU ARE, so we can meet mermaids from all over the world:  from the warm tropics, to cooler water elsewhere!  Wherever you are, be it near an ocean, lake, river or pool – we’d like to meet you!

Maui Mermaid Meets Baby Mermaid

Spotted! ONE Rainbow Mermaid with a tail of shimmering blue, and her Mer-baby sister makes TWO mermaids! Seen sunbathing on Maui, these Mermaids came across the Pacific Ocean; all the way from Vancouver. We would love to see your Mer-moments; so email us at:

Now a heads up (‘tails up’??) to any little Mermaids, Mer-boys, or Mer-babies aged 0-6 years old, to please tell any sea creature or pirate friends about Barnes & Noble’s “Marine Theme Halloween” on Saturday, October 24th. Check out our website’s EVENTS section for more details!