The Last Sakura: Tales of The Yuta (Book One)

Have you ever wondered if all those ghost stories and bits of folklore your obaa told you were true? After the tragic loss of their mother, Kiko and Yuki move to Okinawa to live with their mysterious grandmother. In a new world of language, culture, food and magical arts, Kiko learns she must unlock her mystical destiny as a yuta to avenge her mother's death against the Iron Dragon…

“One would never guess how large and sharp his teeth were based on his facial structure but when he stretched the corners of his lips this way, it was impossible not to notice; not to feel as though he could snap your neck with a single bite.” - Kiko

The Author.

Ashley Nakanishi-Shankles aka Ashley Nakanishi is a proud shima-haafu (half-Okinawan) from Chatan-cho, Okinawa. A performer in nature, Nakanishi dabbles in Slam Poetry, acting, storytelling and emceeing. She currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii where she teaches at-risk youth.

@grammaticalbeast @the_last_sakura

The Artist.

Toni Silva, aka Silversora, is a young Asian Native Hawaiian illustrator and graphic novelist. Born and raised in Honolulu, her work is heavily inspired by Japanese manga but she also takes inspiration from Western comics and other Hawaiian artists.


The Publisher.


A small press dedicated to publishing unique works of Hawaiʻi and Pacific Literature. 

Lō‘ihi Press |
735 Bishop Street, Suite 235, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96813

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