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From the Children's Book

Iki, the Littlest 'Opihi
Written and Illustrated by Tammy Yee
Island Heritage, 1998
ISBN: 0-89610-019-7

Iki, The Littlest Opihi
Little Iki lives in the rough surge zone of Hawai'i's rocky shore. Like the other 'opihi, Iki must learn to cling tightly to the rocks, or risk being swept away by the waves. But Iki wants to see the world. Will this tiny limpet settle down and learn to "stick to it?" Inspired by the author's willful son, who clung to her legs like a little 'opihi when he was young.

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1. Cut out image along outer solid lines.

2. With printed side facing up, fold down on solid line.

3. Unfold and turn over, so that the printed side is facing down.

4. Fold along diagonal line as shown.


5. Repeat diagonal fold on the other side.

6. Your 'Opihi Origami should be creased as illustrated.

7. With printed side down, fold down, forming a "tent" along the creases.

8. Fold body up along solid line.

9. Tuck tapered end of body into shell.

Aloha, Iki!



2000 Tammy Yee. All rights reserved.
Images and content may not be reproduced, altered, redistributed or posted on another web site without the author's written consent.

Iki is a character from "Iki, The Littlest 'Opihi," a picture book by Tammy Yee.
Copyright 1998 Island Heritage. No portion of "Iki, The Littlest 'Opihi" may be reproduced without prior written permission from Island Heritage Publishing.

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