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"Kanani" redirects here. For the doll, see Kanani Akina (doll).

Kanani Akina is the ninth Girl of the Year released. She was released in 2011.

Personality and Facts

Kanani is a ten-year-old girl living on Kaua'i, the geologically oldest island of Hawaii. Her father, Mr. Akina, is of Japanese-Hawaiian descent while her mother, Mrs. Akina, is of French-German descent, making her multiracial. She helps her family run a popular shave ice shop and is passionate about helping people by sharing the Aloha spirit and protecting Hawaiian wildlife, such as the Hawaiian monk seal. She has a rooster named Jinx, a dog named Barksee, and a goat named Mochi.

Kanani enjoys swimming- her parents call her a mermaid- but she dislikes surfing. She knows her island very well and is friendly to everyone. She also has a gift for photography and business, and she helps her parents run their Shave Ice shop. She is very passionate about helping the endangered monk seals, including one that she helped rescue on the beach that she named Malana.

Family, Friends, and Others

See Also: Minor Characters in Kanani's Stories

Family

Friends and Others

Books

Doll

See: Kanani Akina (doll)

The Kanani Akina doll.

Collection

See: Kanani's Collection

Trivia

Photo album.

  • Kanani is the second multiracial character, following Jess McConnell. Her father is Japanese and Hawaiian, and her mother is French and German.
  • A Kanani-themed photo album was released at the same time of Kanani's debut.
  • Kanani's books are written in third-person narrative instead of the usual first-person narrative.
  • Kanani was the last character to have a Whole World Collection.
  • Kanani was the first Girl of the Year to have a downloadable app, Shave Ice.
Girls of the Year
2001

Lindsey Bergman

2003

Kailey Hopkins

2005

Marisol Luna

2006

Jess McConnell

2007

Nicki Fleming

2008

Mia St. Clair

2009

Chrissa Maxwell
with companions
Gwen Thompson and
Sonali Matthews

2010

Lanie Holland

2011

Kanani Akina

2012

McKenna Brooks

2013

Saige Copeland

2014

Isabelle Palmer

2015

Grace Thomas

2016

Lea Clark

2017

Gabriela McBride

2018

Luciana Vega

2019

Blaire Wilson

2020

Joss Kendrick

2021

Kira Bailey

2022

Corinne Tan
with companion
Gwynn Tan

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