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Say Aloha To American Girl's Newest Historical Character, Nanea Mitchell

Posted on the 21 August 2017 by Loup Dargent @loup_dargent

"To help ensure the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Nanea's story and products, American Girl worked closely with a five-member advisory board who provided their expertise in Hawaiian culture, language, and history to inform all aspects of Nanea's development-including the doll, books, outfits, and accessories..."

"At its heart, our BeForever line is about building a bridge of understanding, helping girls today see the interconnectedness-the feelings, experiences, hopes, and dreams-that exists between themselves and girls from long ago," says Katy Dickson, president of American Girl. "We hope Nanea's powerful story of resilience, responsibility to others, and contributing for the common good-or kokua, as it's known in Hawaii-will resonate with girls and show them they have the power within to face the obstacles that come their way."
  • Nanea Island Inspiration Sweepstakes: American Girl has partnered with Visit Oahu on a sweepstakes for the chance to win a fun-filled family getaway for four to Oahu, which includes round-trip travel on Hawaiian Airlines, a four-night stay at The Royal Hawaiian, tickets for four to the Aha Aina Luau Show, a visit to two attractions at Pearl Harbor, and a Nanea doll.
  • Nanea Retail Events: On August 25 and 26, American Girl's retail stores are hosting special debut events to introduce girls to Nanea's world in 1941 Hawaii. Girls will enjoy a hula demonstration, a fun free craft, a doll drawstring bag giveaway, and a chance to win a Nanea doll. Nanea-themed events will also be held at the American Girl stores throughout the year.
  • Nanea Videos and Online Play: Behind-the-scenes videos on Nanea's story and development, along with fun Hawaiian-themed craft and activity videos, are available on American Girl's YouTube channel at Girls can also visit the Nanea-dedicated site at for book excerpts, games and quizzes, wallpaper, and much more.
  • Nanea Learning Materials: A free, downloadable teacher's guide, which explores themes and issues covered in the Nanea book series, is available at
The Nanea books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.

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