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Books on Hawaiian Culture
(In no particular order)
Note: Book prices and availability are subject to change.

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Arts and Crafts of Hawaii
by Sir Peter H. Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa)

The definitive resource on Hawaiian material culture. Meticulously detailed and well illustrated, the book guides the reader through every major element of Hawaiian life, providing detailed descriptions of traditional objects, methods of construction, and traditional use. (624pp - softcover $29.95, hardcover $34.95)


Shoal of Time a History of the Hawaiian Islands
Ka Oihana Lawaia: Hawaiian Fishing Traditions
Kahaulelio, Daniel, translated by Mary Kawena Pukui, edited by M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Narratives pertaining to fishing customs, sources of fish, and methods of procurement, "Ka Oihana Lawaia" was authored for the native Hawaiian newspaper Kuokoa in 1902. Provides readers with a vast knowledge of locations, practices, methods, and beliefs of native fisher-people of the Maui region waters.
(356pp - hardcover $16.95)



Hawaiian Antiquities
by David Malo; translated by Nathaniel B. Emerson

Born and raised in the court of Kamehameha I, David Malo (ca. 1793-1853) provides one of the few authentic sources of information on the ancient beliefs and practices of Hawaiians. This engrossing study, completed in 1839, tells of the material world and activities of Malo's people, as well as their origins, myths, and beliefs. (302pp - softcover $19.95)


Sailing in the Wake of the Ancestors: Reviving Polynesian Voyaging
by Ben Finney

In 1995 Hawaiiloa and five other double canoes, reconstructions of ancient Polynesian craft, set sail from the rugged Marquesas archipelago and headed north across the equator to Hawaii. In learning how to sail and navigate in the old way they had rediscovered their own identity as worthy heirs to a great seafaring tradition. (176pp - softcover $19.95, hardcover $24.95)


Exploring Lost Hawaii
by Ellie and William Crowe

Covering all of the major Hawaiian Islands, the book takes readers on journeys to the Hawaii of old--places of powerful alii, wise kahuna, sacred heiau, and mysterious menehune. Sites are described in detail and directions are given to each place. Certificate of Merit, 2002 "Keep It Hawaii" Award in Literary Arts. (228pp - softcover $24.00)



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