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Voyage of Rediscovery: A Cultural Odyssey through Polynesia
by Ben Finney, illustrated by Richard Rhodes

Describes how the Hawaiian navigator, Nainoa Thompson, guided a canoe over thousands of miles of open ocean without compass, sextant, charts, or any other navigational aids. By sailing in the wake of their ancestors, the Hokulea made the long journey a truly cultural as well as scientific odyssey of exploration into their ancestral past. (401pp - hardcover $39.95)



Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii
by Tricia Allen

A comprehensive reference book that describes the evolution of Hawaiian tattooing as an art and science tracing it from its early roots in ancient Polynesia. Includes drawings of designs and patterns for ideas and consideration. (224pp - softcover $17.95)



Sacred Hula: The Historical Hula Alaapapa
by Amy Kuuleialoha Stillman

Hula alaapapa is a type of hula in the ancient performance stream in which the mele is chanted rather than sung, the movements are vigorous and bombastic rather than soft and languid, and the instrumental accompaniment is provided by the indigenous double-gourd ipu rather than Western guitar and ukulele. (83pp - softcover $16.95)



Na Moolelo Lomilomi: The Traditions of Hawaiian Massage & Healing
edited by R. Makana Risser Chai

For the first time ever "Na Moolelo Lomilomi" compiles every piece of historical text related to lomilomi into one book. Essential for students and practitioners of lomilomi who want to know the historical roots, the cultural context and the diversity of lomilomi. (156pp - softcover $16.95)



Olelo Noeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings
by Mary Kawena Pukui; illustrated by Dietrich Varez

Considered the finest compendium of traditional Hawaiian insight and lore handed down through generations of oral tradition. A treasure of more than 3,000 proverbial and poetical sayings--in both Hawaiian and English translation--displaying the knowledge, compassion, foibles, humor, morality, and beliefs of the Hawaiian people. (372pp - softcover $24.95)



The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant
ed. & trans. by Martha Warren Beckwith

The Kumulipo is the sacred creation chant of a family of Hawaiian alii, or ruling chiefs. Composed and transmitted entirely in the oral tradition, its 2000 lines provide an extended genealogy proving the family's divine origin and tracing the family history from the beginning of the world.
(276pp - softcover $18.95)



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