“You kept us spellbound by your personal recollection related to the attack on Pearl Harbor.” Daniel Martinez, Historian, USS Arizona Memorial, Hawaii

Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson

Region: Midwest

Categories: Middle Grade Young Adult

Genres: BIPOC Nonfiction

Dorinda Nicholson (pearlharborchild.com) debuted in hula at age three dancing with her mother in Waikiki. When she was six years old, she and her father watched Japanese torpedo bombers fly so low over their house, she could see the pilots’ goggles.  

 Her first book, Pearl Harbor Child, tells the story of the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the eyes of a child. An award-winning author, she believes it is her mission to write World War II stories for both student and adult to bring history to life. She loves to receive selfies taken at the large photo of she and her brother wearing their child-size gas masks when you visit Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center. 

Her primary audience is the classroom, but her audience has also included the U.S. Embassy in Prague and lectures in Guam, Saipan, Jakarta, and at Pearl Harbor events. 

Her story has been featured as Nanea, a WWII Hawaii American Girl doll, in People Magazine, NBC News, the History and Military Channels, and on CBS Sunday Morning News with Lee Cowan filmed on location at Pearl Harbor. 

 Click here to purchase signed copies of Dorinda’s books. 

Books by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson

Region: Midwest

Categories: Middle Grade Young Adult

Genres: BIPOC Nonfiction