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Kanani, American Girl’s 2011 Girl of the Year

We say goodbye to 2010, and to our beloved Felicity it’s time to say  “aloha” to the the newest American Girl doll.

Kanani Akina is the brand’s 2011 Girl of the Year. The Hawaiian, open-hearted girl who loves to help others hits stores Jan. 1, kicking off a year of American Girl 25th birthday celebrations.

Available for one year, the 18-inch Kanani doll with long, wavy brown hair and hazel eyes will launch with two books telling her story (“Aloha, Kanani” and “Lend a Hand: Girl-Sized Ways of Helping Others”) and, naturally, lots of accessories your child will be drooling over (can you say paddle board set, hula outfits or shaved ice stand?).

The Kanani doll also introduces an American Girl partnership with the National Wildlife Federation to help raise awareness of endangered animals. Kanani’s stories feature Malana, a Hawaiian monk seal she rescued. For each sale of the plush Kanani seal sold in 2011, American Girl will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the NWF.

Ready to warm up from the winter weather and bring a little Kaua’i home? On Jan. 1, American Girl retail stores nationwide will hold official unveilings of Kanani.

Guests will be the first to see Kanani, and each girl will receive a free grass skirt for her doll, check out a Hula demo by a professional Hawaiian dance troupe and take part in Hawaiian-themed crafts activities, doll drawings and more.

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*Information provided by American Girl.

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  1. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years for American Girl. I think it’s great that they’re joining with a good cause this year as well-can’t wait to see what they unveil for 2012!

  2. my computer wouldnt let me go past the Kanani page but the seal looks SO cute! My daughter would love this and my grand daughter who will be turning 6 this year would adore this doll…she has been wanting her first American Girl doll but we couldn’t afford it yet. She is beautiful! so admirable they are helping out the NWF too!

  3. I think its great AG is donating NWF. It is very important to not just say what these girls could do, but to SHOW what can be done by us all.

  4. American Girl products have provided a great springboard for teaching my daughter all about other cultures and time periods. It’s even better that they’re now embracing wildlife preservation.

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