Aloha my name is Marion Ano and I’m the founder of Kilo Books Hawai’i. This started as a passion project to solve my own problem with creating a meaningful way to incorporate the daily practice of observing nature with my son. As a keiki o ka ʻāina (child of the land), I yearned to instill the value of aloha ʻāina (love of the land) into his early childhood. I firmly believe that this begins with the daily practice of kilo (observation).
As a teacher and a freelance developer, it felt natural to create field guide books for children. Earlier in my professional career, as a marine conservationist, I had the privilege of studying Hawaii’s most pristine ecosystems and remote ahupuaʻa. From studying the ancient lo’i (pond fields) and settlement patterns of Wailau to counting o’opu (variety of endemic freshwater gobies) in the streams of Pelekunu, the practice of kilo, has enabled me to translate what I learned to keep me grounded to my culture and to the ʻāina.
I firmly believe that our future thought leaders, ecopreneurs, creatives, innovators, cultural practitioners, and scientists will turn to their natural world experiences to forecast and implement solutions to care for our Honua (Earth).
Aloha, my name is Amanda Dillon and I'm the co-creator and illustrator for Kilo Books Hawai'i. I believe science + art = compelling visual design. When I'm not designing for Kilo Books Hawai'i, I'm aligning designs for my company, Aline Design Hawaiʻi.
Born and raised in Boston, I grew up with my nose in a book and my fingers in paint. My early career at the Massachusetts Cultural Council provided me with an introduction to a wide range of creative artists as well as an opportunity to kick off graphic design projects professionally.
Moving west toward warmer waters, I entered the world of ocean sciences based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in sunny Southern California. Science and art came together in Hawaiʻi, when I started as a graphic designer for NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center with the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research. In addition to graphic design, I led the Center’s content development and strategy for science communications. My previous experience includes project management, grants administration, and event planning at Historic New England, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, and the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
My other passions include looking for manta rays, hiking the hills, bookworming, or eating nachos.