Children’s, Educational, Juvenile

On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree is a children’s picture book written by a Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidate. The story captures the attention of both children and adults. Five animal friends’ on the island of Oahu connects nature to real places across a Hawaiian backdrop.

On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree is a story that takes place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This island is known as “The Gathering Place” where Fluffy Fluff (the rabbit) meets Honu (the turtle), Hula-Hula (the bear), and the Hinas’ (two seal pups). Their adventure begins in their quest to find the Lilikoi Tree. They explore the island through sharing, caring, and harmony in the Spirit of Aloha.

Readers will discover that the book:
Promotes teamwork among children to achieve a common goal. Teaches children that disappointment can lead to a positive viewpoint and outcome. Adults will appreciate the symbiotic relationship of commensalism (one biological species benefits “the Lilikoi Vine” and the other is not affected “the Mango Tree”).

“The conundrum of life is not easily solved by thought but achieved through action. You may not always find what you are seeking, but in your quest, you may discover happiness at the end of the path.” Jonna Amato-Ocampo is a Commercial Scientist-Astronaut Candidate who believes that dreams do not have deadlines. Her first children’s book, On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree, has won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Silver Medal Winner for Children's Picture Ebook, reached #1 New Release on Amazon for Children’s Mystery and Wonder Books and received the distinction of Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite. “Writing to inspire, photographing to create a vision, and sharing to give hope.” As the Founder of CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity, her goal is promoting scientific discovery through research, and testing in extreme environments for dual applications on Earth and in Space. Her research made the manifest for Citizens in Space first suborbital scientific flight. For NASA, she was a Mission Specialist during the Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA XII) and believes that life develops meaning when you have a chance to be part of something greater than yourself.