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Honolulu Star Bulletin, January 6, 2006
Island memories
A matching game designed for adults also instills an appreciation for Hawaiiana

By Nancy Arcayna

Hawaii Tribune Herald, Archives, May 5, 2005
Are you game?
Gerdine Markus has a pretty good memory. She remembers playing a game with that name in the Netherlands where she grew up.


C4 Sunday, August 28, 2005 THE MAUI NEWS
New game features Hawaiian memories

A 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 sensitive way.

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 and musea.
-----Liz Janes, cultural and entertainment news- THE MAUI NEWS





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