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These are minor characters in the Kanani Akina books.

Aunty Aimee[]

A woman who is a good friend of the Akinas.[1]

Mr. Akina[]

Kanani's father.

Mrs. Akina[]

Kanani's mother.

Jo Amoy[]

A girl who comes to Waipuna for The Arts and Crafts Festival with her dad. Jo becomes good friends with Celina and Kanani.

Celina de la Cruz[]

Kanani's best friend, who loves to surf and is very good at it.

Seth de la Cruz[]

Celina's older brother, who offers surfing lessons.

Aunty Lea[]

A woman who volunteers at the Waipuna Museum. While not of biological or marital relation to the Akinas,[1] she is good friends with them.

Tutu Lani[]

A kind old woman that loves sea turtles and makes leis.


A four-month-old female Hawaiian monk seal pup Kanani rescues near 'Olino Cove. Her tag identification name is G-68.


Jodi Sutton's second husband, and Rachel's stepfather. Although not actually seen in the books, Rachel describes him as being a kind and nice man.


Kanani's friend, who is a troublemaker and gets on her nerves.

Jodi Sutton[]

Mrs. Akina's sister, and Rachel's mother. She is mentioned in Aloha, Kanani, but not actually seen as she is in Paris with her second husband Paul.

Rachel Sutton[]

Kanani's cousin from New York. Kanani has not seen Rachel since they were six and eight years old when the two of them met at a family reunion; this makes Rachel about twelve years old. She comes to Hawaii due to her step-father and mother's honeymoon. Rachel is German and French on her mother's side.

After arriving in Hawaii, Rachel begins to feel homesick and Kanani tries to help her feel like she is at home. She has a hard time understanding her cousin--such as how Rachel misses the noise of the city and doesn't like to swim--but the two of them eventually figure out what they both find fun to do. Rachel even befriends Kanani's animals, who she used to be scared of.

Aunty Verna[]

An elderly woman who works with pottery.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Aloha, Kanani, pg. 27: "[Aunty Lea]'s not my real aunt, but here we call everyone 'aunty' and 'uncle.' [...]" Kanani explained. It is likely Aunty Aimee and Aunty Verna are not of biological or marital relation to Kanani and her family as well.