Another Children’s Book About the San Juan Islands

Posted February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm by

Hay­ley Cat book cover

The Adven­tures of Hay­ley Cat, book 3, Hay­ley Cat Sails the San Juan Islands

By Rhon­da Banue­los, Illus­trat­ed by MaryAnn Holley

Want to inspire chil­dren to find freind­ship and adven­ture? Curi­ous Hay­ley Cat and his friends will show you how.

In the lat­est release, Hay­ley Cat is off on anoth­er adven­ture to expe­ri­ence the famous San Juan Islands with his cousin Har­low. They sail to the charm­ing port of Fri­day Har­bor to enjoy Popeye’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. Pop­eye is the famous gen­tle har­bor seal who has cap­tured the hearts of many since 1995. A heart­warm­ing tale of friend­ship is cre­at­ed between the ani­mals for a mem­o­rable sum­mer day.

It is a def­i­nite keep­sake for any­one who has met Pop­eye in per­son. On the way to Fri­day Har­bor, Hay­ley Cat encoun­ters orca whales, just like vis­i­tors do on whale watch­ing cruis­es to the islands. At the end of the book, there is a feel good mes­sage for young read­ers where they will find Hay­ley Cat’s wis­dom quote.

You can find this book at Grif­fin Bay Books’ online store,  or at,, Barnes and or your favorite online bookstore.

About the Author

Rhon­da Banue­los — Con­tributed photo

Rhon­da Banue­los is an author of children’s books and a Cal­i­for­nia native. She was born and raised in the Los Ange­les area. After col­lege, she relo­cat­ed to San Fran­cis­co, then to Hawaii, New York, Italy, and Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia, and now calls south­ern Ari­zona her home. Many hob­bies have kept her busy but writ­ing was some­thing that intrigued her. She want­ed to give some­thing spe­cial to chil­dren in her own way. She cre­at­ed a book series with the inten­tion of pro­vid­ing that warm con­nec­tion and com­fort of read­ing a favorite book at bedtime.

The idea came to her in the fall of 2011 and she quick­ly start­ed cre­at­ing a book series. It was inspired by her curi­ous cat named Hay­ley. She had adopt­ed him from the Hawai­ian Humane Soci­ety on Oahu. After the first book, The Adven­tures of Hay­ley Cat (pub­lished August 2012 by, she decid­ed to con­tin­ue with book 2 (pub­lished June 2014 by A third book fol­lowed after she trav­eled to the San Juan Islands in the state of Wash­ing­ton (pub­lished Octo­ber 2016 by Lyric Power).

Through her books she hopes to inspire chil­dren to begin a love of read­ing, the impor­tance of friend­ship, the love of ani­mals, learn­ing about oth­er cul­tures, trav­el­ing to Hawaii and oth­er islands.  At the end of each book she has includ­ed Hay­ley Cat’s words of wis­dom for her young readers.

To help spread her mes­sage and good­will to oth­ers, Rhon­da donates her time at local children’s shel­ters read­ing her books, ani­mal shel­ters, libraries and lit­er­a­cy pro­grams. She also cre­at­ed a way to con­nect with her young audi­ence by meet­ing with them at, “Lunch with an Author”.

She is always look­ing to cre­ate by catch­ing the next adven­ture by the tale.

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