“The Strong family is poor,” teased the neighborhood boys. Eight year old Austin and his family have just arrived in the Hawaiian Kingdom. Here, goldfish swim in the horse troughs of the wealthy. But not in the Strong’s trough. Theirs is nothing but an old rusty tub.

Then one day two visitors tell of a precious gift from their emperor to the king —double tailed goldfish. Immediately Austin is determined to catch a goldfish for his family’s trough. But when he arrives at the park, there is a warning: 

Fishing in the Park is strictly prohibited 

and will be punished with the full severity of the law,

Kal?kaua, Rex.

Will Austin steal the king’s fish to forever stop the boys’ teasing? And if he does, is he ready to face the ultimate punishment? 

Author: Leslie Ann Hayashi

Illustrators: Bryson Luke and Molly Branch

14O‘ahu, received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa. She has been a special education teacher for over thirty years and enjoys teaching young children the “FUNdamentals” of learning how to read.
About the Illustrator
Mariko Merritt was born and raised in Hawai‘i. Following a childhood filled with making art and going to the beach, she earned a degree in graphic design
from Rhode Island School of Design. Mariko currently works in Honolulu as an independent graphic designer and artist, assisted by her corgi, Sophie. Alphabet Hukilau is her first children’s book.