Monday, January 24, 2011

Aloha Kanani: The Newest Hawaiian American Girl Doll!

American Girl is spreading the Aloha for their 25th birthday celebration with the debut of Kanani Akina, a Hawaiian doll.  I couldn't be more excited because we live in beautiful Hawaii and know just how special and remarkable these islands and the Hawaiian people are.    It's wonderful that her story and the spirit of Aloha will be shared with little ones all over the globe.  
Kanani, which means beautiful is also the 2011 Girl of the Year.  Kanani loves Hawaii's tropical sunsets, fun lu‘aus, and sharing the aloha spirit.

Kanani has a hapa Hawaiian look with long, wavy medium-brown hair and hazel eyes.  Her kukui nut lei, "slippahs", and blue flowered dress are quintessentially Hawaiian style.  

We just went nuts looking at all of the neat accessories for her like the paddle board set and the shave ice stand. She also comes with a book written by Lisa Yee, "Aloha Kanani," where you learn more about this island girl and her home on Kaua‘i.
In the book, Kanani loves everything about Hawai‘i and tries to share this aloha with her cousin from New York.  She helps to save a Hawaiian monk seal and discovers the joy of helping others 

American Girl is sharing this Hawaiian aloha spirit by partnering with the National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) to help raise awareness of endangered animals, like the Hawaiian monk seal.
With the purchase of every Kanani plush monk seal sold in 2011, American Girl is donating $1 (up to a maximum of $100,000) to NWF’s efforts to help children throughout the United States gain an appreciation and understanding for America’s most vulnerable animals through various educational programs and activities.

Visit to order your Kanani doll or to check out all of their American Girl selection. You can also call

1-800-845-0005 for an American Girl catalog.


  1. OMG I totally want this for myself!!! :) Hmmm maybe i can leave this post open on my hubby's computer. She'll be my mini me!

  2. My younger daughter loves American Girl :) I know she'd love another one, lol.

  3. and she's beautiful thanks for sharing

  4. My daughter is a twin of this doll, its almost daughter Carmen is 7 1/2 yrs old, and has been told she looks just like Kanani. We have been to Hawaii a few times, and our planning on moving there soon. There has been a flower in her hair since we got back. I love Hawaii and the Spiritual existance it has! Aloha!


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