Clinton Library Luau

Carol Dabney presents hula at the Hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center Saturday Aug 30, 2014

Carol Dabney presents hula at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday Aug 30, 2014

Hawaiian hula at the hillary Clinton Children's Library and Learning center in Little Rock, Arkansas with children's author singer Carol Dabney Aug 30, 2014

Hawaiian hula at the hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning center in Little Rock, Arkansas with children’s author singer Carol Dabney Aug 30, 2014

READing at the Clinton's children's library in Little Rock with children's author Carol Dabney.  Next program will be saturday December 13 2014 at 10am

READing at the Clinton’s children’s library in Little Rock with children’s author Carol Dabney. Next program will be saturday December 13 2014 at 10am

carol Dabney a music teacher in Little rock shares several musical instruments at the Hillary Clinton Library with children in the little Rock area. She read a story titled the Magic ukulele that she brought back from a recent trip to Hawaii. 2014, and played music with her ukulele.

carol Dabney a music teacher in Little rock shares several musical instruments at the Hillary Clinton Library with children in the little Rock area. She read a story titled the Magic ukulele that she brought back from a recent trip to Hawaii. 2014, and played music with her ukulele.

Carol shared story of Military Mommy, her daughter who is now a captain in the US Army. The little boy on the cover is now eight years old and would be joining them at the library event. His mom was presently deployed.

Carol shared story of Military Mommy, her daughter who is now a captain in the US Army. The little boy on the cover is now eight years old and would be joining them at the library event. His mom was presently deployed.

Noah and little sister Aliyah reunite after living apart for months while their military mommy is on deployment. When the two year saw her big brother at the library event, she yelled "My Noah, My Noah!" as she made her way up the theater steps and into his arms.  The audience applauded. It was very touching.

Noah and little sister Aliyah reunite after living apart for months while their military mommy is on deployment. When the two year saw her big brother at the library event, she yelled “My Noah, My Noah!” as she made her way up the theater steps and into his arms. The audience applauded. It was very touching.

Hula at the Little Rock Clinton Library with children sharing stories, music and dance of Hawaii.

Hula at the Little Rock Clinton Library with children sharing stories, music and dance of Hawaii.

Hale Kula School Readings

Singer - author Carol Dabney visits schools in the Hawaiian Islands from Jan to march 2013 to present her Patriotic program and share a preview of her new holiday books coming this fall. Students at Hale Kula Army Barracks and Stg Yano Library children's story hour,  Kaumana Keikiland, and Ewa Beach Elementary's Read Aloud America all enjoyed Harold the Christmas Mouse in "Twas The Mouse Before Christmas" "The Happy Pumpkin, Patch" and "Military Mommy"
(pictures provided with permission

Singer – author Carol Dabney visits schools in the Hawaiian Islands from Jan to march 2013 to present her Patriotic program and share a preview of her new holiday books coming this fall. Students at Hale Kula Army Barracks and Stg Yano Library children’s story hour, Kaumana Keikiland, and Ewa Beach Elementary’s Read Aloud America all enjoyed Harold the Christmas Mouse in “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” and “Military Mommy”
(pictures provided with permission

Author and singer  Carol Dabney reads for  Army families in Hawaii March 2013

Author and singer Carol Dabney reads for Army families in Hawaii March 2013

Author Carol Dabney reads her new bedtime storybook "Twas The Mouse before Christmas" for a classroom at Hale Kula in Feb (6 months before it's launch date) and introduces Harold, the adorable mouse who stars in the book. He was a big hit with the kids.

Author Carol Dabney reads her new bedtime storybook “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” for a classroom at Hale Kula in Feb (6 months before it’s launch date) and introduces Harold, the adorable mouse who stars in the book. He was a big hit with the kids.

Students meet Harold, author Carol Dabney's Christmas Mouse in her new bedtime Christmas book, "Twas The Mouse Before Christmas". Learning about writing and illustrations.

Students meet Harold, author Carol Dabney’s Christmas Mouse in her new bedtime Christmas book, “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas”. Learning about writing and illustrations.

Author and singer Carol Dabney using her ukulele to sing "Imagine That America" and a few other fun songs for students at hale kula school March 2013

Author and singer Carol Dabney using her ukulele to sing “Imagine That America” and a few other fun songs for students at hale kula school March 2013

Lt Melissa Dabney when she was just a cadet graduating from bootcamp in 2006. Her son, Noah came to help her celebrate and show her that he was walking.

Lt Melissa Dabney when she was just a cadet graduating from bootcamp in 2006. Her son, Noah came to help her celebrate and show her that he was walking.

Another Military Mommy stops by at the school to pick up her children and enjoys reading Military Mommy

Another Military Mommy stops by at the school to pick up her children and enjoys reading Military Mommy

Author Carol Dabney read to students at Schofield Army Barracks about her grandson Noah, who now attends Hale Kula, about his own true story "Military Mommy"

Author Carol Dabney read to students at Schofield Army Barracks about her grandson Noah, who now attends Hale Kula, about his own true story “Military Mommy”

Thanksgiving holiday bedtime story by author illustrator Carol Dabney for elementary school age children. The Happy Pumpkin, Patch about sharing... to be published this fall. Shared a preview with classes at Hale Kula classes.

Thanksgiving holiday bedtime story by author illustrator Carol Dabney for elementary school age children. The Happy Pumpkin, Patch about sharing… to be published this fall. Shared a preview with classes at Hale Kula classes.

Learning sign-language to God Bless America

Learning sign-language to God Bless America

Janet, Hale Kula Librian. Love this wonderful lady. She became my good friend and had a hand in helping me produce "The Happy Pumpkin, Patch" Jan-March 2013

Janet, Hale Kula Librian. Love this wonderful lady. She became my good friend and had a hand in helping me produce “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch” Jan-March 2013

Playing ukulele at Hale Kula School

Playing ukulele at Hale Kula School

“Christmas In Your Heart” song produced in the Hawaiian Islands. Composer and Recording Artist Carol Dabney, arranged by Alwyn Erub. on the Picture of You album. available at https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks and CdBaby.com

From Janurary through the month of March 2013 I read from classroom to classroom in the Hawaiian Islands. Hale Kula at Schofield Army base in Oahu, and Kaumana Keikiland in Hilo. I read with the Read Aloud America program at Ewa Beach Elementary.

I wanted to thank all the teachers for asking me to read for their classrooms. Thank you also to all the children who wrote cards of thanks to me along with their own artwork.

Every classroom has their own personality set mostly by the teacher in the way she helps her students learn, enjoy and deals with discipline. It’s not easy being a teacher. I know I have been a sub teacher and a resource teacher for over 20 years. Oh the things that can happen when you enter the world of children. I read and I sing a veteran song on my ukulele and show them how to do sign language to “God Bless America”.

I presented my story of Military Mommy at the Army base at Hale Kula school and shared about my grandson Noah and his mom and what its like to be a military family. Of course no child at Hale Kula is a stranger to military life. Some of them have moms, some have dads and yet others have both parents in the military. I express how important the children of military families are. The sacrifice and committment to their American Soldier is their contribution to our country, and they should be proud. The book Military Mommy is about my daughter LT Melissa Dabney and her son. It begins when she leaves for bootcamp at Fort Jackson South Carolina in the summer of 2006. I sent her a picture of Noah every day for 12 weeks. She missed his first steps and his first birthday. Sacrifice, its a big part of an American Soldiers life, as well as their families. The cover photo is of Cadet Melissa Dabney graduating from bootcamp and her getting to see Noah walk for the first time. Then she headed off to AIT for 27 more weeks. At the end of that she returned to Arkansas and finished college, graduating and commissioned a second lieutenant. Then she Noah and I headed off to their first duty station in Hawaii.

I have to say a high praise to the transitional teacher Kelley Jeans and other transitional counselors for helping Noah cope with all the changes of moving from his southern roots to the Pacific Islands. They help children on a daily bases who are coming into the base. With the military, the kids are moving around alot, and it’s tough. Noah and I walked 30 minutes to school every day and walked past Army tanks at the Tropical Lighting Museum, as well as soldiers marching in Army gear. We created the Military Mommy story together on those walks. I read at the schools about Noah, at the end they will often asked, “Where is Noah now?” well he is in second grade at Hale Kula. Because of those questions I wrote a series called “The Adventures of Noah” Cadet Dabney has been LT Dabney and working as rear support for the unit while they went Afghanistan. Soon Melissa will be captain and she and Noah will be moving to their next duty station.

I got alot of great advise from Hale Kula’s librarian Janet. She and I just hit it off and she suggested a smaller chapter book size for my newest holiday Thanksgiving bedtime story book “The Happy Pumpkin, Patch”

I brought my little Christmas mouse into the classrooms to showed the children my Christmas book “Twas The Mouse Before Christmas” Harold was a hit! In Fact the children asked me to read it, so I previewed the story in Feb (6 months before the launch date) Imagine that, Christmas in Feb. it was fun for all. The kids loved touching Harold and taking pictures wuth Harold too. When I left I received mail asking me, “How is Harold doing?”

Harold came to me at my sister’s cabin in Northern California during Christmas time and he was sitting next to my bed stand when I woke up one morning. It was snowing outside my window and it was magical. My sister barbara and I helped Harold bake the chocolate chip cookie recipe that is in the back of the book and I must say they turned out delicious. The book is bilingual written in Spanish, translated by my sister in law Cindy Reyes. The book also has a wonderfully fun original Christmas song I released several years ago. The song “Christmas in your Heart” is doing well in Europe and plays in Germany all year round. It’s very exciting.

I retunred back to the studio in Honolulu to record audiobooks of my Christmas bedtime storybook with old friend arranger Alwyn Erub, who will be the musician and engineer on the project.

https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks
CdBaby.com
caroldabney.wordpress.com
Carol Dabney online shop at Etsy.com

to contact Carol for readings at your school email at carol.dabney@yahoo.com

Feb readings on Big Island 2013

Children hear stories presented by author Carol Dabney

Children hear stories presented by author Carol Dabney

Ronnie, Carol and Corrine school reading

Ronnie, Carol and Corrine school reading

Children hear story of Military Mommy as Author Carol Dabney presents reading and singing program for schools on Hawaii's Big Island during the month of Feb 2013

Children hear story of Military Mommy as Author Carol Dabney presents reading and singing program for schools on Hawaii’s Big Island during the month of Feb 2013

Author Carol Dabney present program of music and reading at Keikiland Preschool in the Hawaiian Islands Feb 2013

Author Carol Dabney present program of music and reading at Keikiland Preschool in the Hawaiian Islands Feb 2013

Singing original songs and reading by author Carol Dabney

Singing original songs and reading by author Carol Dabney

Keikis at Preschool rreading

Keikis at Preschool rreading

Auntie Arlene helps auntie Carol get to the schools on the Big Island

Auntie Arlene helps auntie Carol get to the schools on the Big Island

Feb 2013 reading, singing at Keikiland

Feb 2013 reading, singing at Keikiland

Feb 2013 reading on Big Island Hawaii

Feb 2013 reading on Big Island Hawaii

Feb reading of new book

Feb reading of new book

Children enjoy hearing Military Mommy and new stories by returning author/singer Carol Dabney as she presents interactive program of reading and music during her visit to Hawaii’s Big Island Feb 2013.

I had a wonderful time reading and singing with the school children on the Big Island of Hawaii during my visit in Feb 2013. Sharing my new songs and reading new stories and getting the feedback of what the keikis like and having some fun. Auntie Arlene drove me to all the places I needed to be, and teacher Corrine had taught all the children the words and sign language to God Bless America from my visit the year before and their singing was so touching. Mahalo Big Island home.

note: I lived in Hilo Hawaii for nearly 15 years and raised five young children there before moving the family to Arkansas. I always love going back for visits. I have good friends and ohana and still making memories that I treasure. Recorded music in those days and loved studio work, back up singer and commericals and solo work as a singer-songwriter at RKS and Tom Moffatt Productions. I worked at KFSH Christian radio station and was the event co-ordinator for the Hilo Shopping Center. Yes that was me!!!
Love swimming down at Onekahakaha beach and watching my kids all play soccer down at Bay front.
The Big Island has a 1400 ft snow capped Mauna Kea with a space observatory and an active Volcano. Hapuna Beach is world class swimming and the music of the Hawaiian people is unforgettable.
We read Military Mommy last year and this year introduced some new stories and original songs penned by Dabney.
take a look at new bedtime stories by going to https://www.amazon.com/author/dabneycdbooks
Amazon books online
music at CdBaby.com
order online at Carol Dabney @ Etsy.com
Aloha

Photographs of Hawaii part 2

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Diamond Head Sunrise view from Ewa Beach House 2013

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

North Shore Surfing beach

North Shore Surfing beach

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Rabbit Island Hawaii

Rabbir Island Hawaii

Diamond Head from boat trip

Diamond Head from boat trip

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Bellows Airforce Beach Hawaii

Driving around North Shore

Driving around North Shore

Driving on Oahu

Driving on Oahu

playing in the waves

playing in the waves

Diamond Head Sunrise

Diamond Head Sunrise

Just driving around the island of Oahu, you can see the diversity of beauty. No wonder it’s thought of as Paradise. The bluest blues you’ll ever see it’s awesome everywhere you look.

Photographs of Sunrise, Sunsets and the Ocean part 1

Rainbow Fall on Big Island

Rainbow Falls on Big Island

Sunset at ewa Beach

Sunset at ewa Beach

Feb in Hawaii

Feb in Hawaii

Diamond Head

Diamond Head

Surfer at North Shore

Surfer at North Shore

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Big island whale watching Feb 2013

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Rainbow at Ewa Beach

Beautiful Hawaii

Beautiful Hawaii

Something special about the ocean. Walk along the shoreline each day and find new shells and creatures. It’s always changing and yet always constant and I find it healing. Its open and refreshing. Here are some photographs that I just happen to get along the way while in the Hawaiian Islands that I hope you enjoy.