Our Special Island
Encouraging positive attitudes to eating fresh, healthy food.
Health issues caused by poor eating choices are a global issue.
Our Special Island was originally developed to inspire nutritious eating habits for children in Tonga. The app and its healthy eating message is now reaching children around the world in their home languages.
By learning through digital play, children grow and collect healthy food to make delicious meals.
The immersive storytelling is guided by two children called Kelela and Pulotu, with some cooking help from Maui-Kisikisi, the youngest son of the great Polynesian hero Maui.
Aimed at 5-8 year-olds, Our Special Island acknowledges the importance of play for learning and the power of popular culture in children’s lives. The app supports creative, open-ended activities, where children fish, harvest food, chop, mix, grate and bake ingredients for healthy meals.
Making a health-based impact for children now and in their future.
Our Special Island has been showcased as best practice in gaming for social impact on an international scale. Winning multiple awards, including Gold in Apps for Social Change at the Indigo Awards.
Results in Tonga show a significant positive shift in children’s attitudes with a 79% increase in healthy foods being identified correctly and a 56% rise in healthy options being listed as favourites.
Available free to the public in nine languages (Tongan, English, Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Italian and German), Our Special Island’s innovative fusion of digital play and learning design takes its Tongan roots to the world stage to inspire children to make and savour healthy foods.
What a steal for the Kingdom of Tonga to be involved first-hand in the development of the app with Millipede. This is testament that Tonga and our other Pacific cousins make ideal testing grounds for technology. Our Special Island is our unique way of showcasing our country and this our Me’a'ofa (Gift of Love) to the world.