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The Kaukalaikiki Girl

The Kaukalaikiki Girl.

by Olive Wilson

Pusi Urale’s journey from cheeky girl to artist.

When she was a girl, Pusi Urale was often told she was kaukalaikiki. The word is informal Samoan and means cheeky or naughty. Mostly it’s used to describe girls who don’t quite behave the way society expects them to. But Pusi doesn’t see being kaukalaikiki as a bad thing. 

Series: School Journal Level 3 November 2022

Learning area: The Arts, Health and Physical Education

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Topics: acrylic, art, artist, creativity, curiosity, inspiration, kaukalaikiki, painting, patterns, persistence, pointillism, Sāmoa, siapo, tapa, watercolour

In: School Journal Level 3 November 2022

Publication date: November 2022

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