Honolulu Star Bulletin, January 6, 2006
A matching game designed for adults also instills an appreciation
By Nancy Arcayna
Tribune Herald, Archives, May 5, 2005
Gerdine Markus has a pretty good memory. She remembers
playing a game with that name in the Netherlands where she grew up.
Sunday, August 28, 2005 THE MAUI NEWS
New game features Hawaiian memories
Big Island woman has put a Hawaiian twist on the familiar game of concentration.
Look (E nana), Remember (E Hoomanao), Play (E Paani)
was conceived by Gerdine Markus and designed to develop memory skills
while educating players about Hawaii in an authentic and culturally
Markus, a native of the Netherlands, decided to develop her own Hawaiian
memory game for fun using pictures cut from airline magazines. With
encouragement from friends and family, she decided to take the next
step and turn the idea into a marketable game. She enlisted the contributions
of many local artists to create a collection of 60 images unique to
Hawaii. Since the game involves matching pairs, it includes a total
of 120 playing pieces.
The images, which range from lava to Queen Liliuokalani to the nene,
are reproduced on quality cardboard tiles and laminated for durability
and to make them easy to clean.
Along with the tiles in the clear plastic tube that packages the game
is a book of instructions for several ways of playing for ages from
very young children to adults. The booklet, in English and Japanese,
also has descriptions of the cards and credits for the artist or photographer
that provided the image.
For example, the description for silversword gives the botanical name
and the following information: The Hawaiian name for the silversword
plant is Ahinahina, which means graygray.' It is found on Maui and the
Big Island above the 6,000 foot level. Each plant lives from 5 up to
20 years and ends its life by sprouting a gorgeous stalk of hundreds
of purplish-red flowers. The silversword is listed as an endangered
species and is federally protected.
Players can get as involved in learning about the images as they wish
or simply play a match game with the cards.
The game was first presented in March at the Early Childhood Education
Conference in Hilo, organized by the Hawaii Association for the Education
of Young Children. In July, the game received a Keep It Hawaii Certificate
of Merit from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
For the past 15 years Markus has had her own music school, the Pacific
Academy, in Hilo. As president of the Hilo Outdoor Circle, she spearheaded
the development of a small park in downtown Hilo featuring 23 native
plants and wrote a brochure and map for self-guided tours.
The game sells for $24.95 and is available on Maui at 18 gift shops
-----Liz Janes, cultural and entertainment
news- THE MAUI NEWS