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

Hawaiian Grammar
by Mary Kawena Pukui; Samuel H. Elbert

The definitive grammar of the Hawaiian language. The first attempt at a comprehensive treatment of the subject since W.D. Alexander published his concise Short Synopsis of the Most Essential Points in Hawaiian Grammar in 1864. This grammar is intended as a companion to the Hawaiian Dictionary, by the same authors. (212pp - softcover $17)

Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian
by Mary Kawena Pukui; Samuel H. Elbert

The definitive and authoritative work on the Hawaiian language. More than 3,000 new entries have been added to the Hawaiian-English section bringing the total number of entries to almost 30,000, and making it the largest and most complete of any Polynesian dictionary. The English-Hawaiian section contains more than 12,500 entries and can serve as an index to hidden riches in the Hawaiian language. (600pp - hardcover $32.95)

Mamaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary
ed. by Komike Hua'Olelo

New and contemporary words that are essential to the continuation and growth of the Hawaiian language. Approved by the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee. (414pp. - softcover $19.95, hard cover $45)

Handy Hawaiian Dictionary
by Henry P. Judd, Mary Kawena Pukui, and John F.G. Stokes

A Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian dictionary of over 5,000 words. Easy to use and understand, it includes an introduction to the Hawaiian alphabet, pronunciation guide and grammatical notes. A must for anyone interested in learning the Hawaiian language. (320pp. - softcover $5.95)

Hawaiian & English Cross-Age Learning Picture Vocabulary Book
trans. by Kawika Kapahulehua

Over 850 words to describe everyday items in the Hawaiian language are offered with simple pictures that children can color in and learn from in a delightful manner. Children and adults alike will be able to develop their Hawaiian vocabulary with this excellent introduction to the language. (64pp - softcover $9.95)

Place Names of Hawaii
by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert and Esther T. Mookini

Over 4,000 entries of natural features, towns, Honolulu street names, prominent buildings, and more, with English translations of Hawaiian names. (310pp. - softcover $12.95)

Pidgin Grammar: An Introduction to the Creole Language of Hawaii
by Kent Sakoda; Jeff Siegel

An interesting and accessible reference for anyone wanting to know more about this unique language of the Hawaiian Islands. This is the first book devoted entirely to a serious description of Pidgin origins and grammar, and the first work on Pidgin grammar that does not require knowledge of linguistics. (126pp - softcover $11.95)

Pidgin To Da Max
by Ken Sakata; Illustrator: Douglas Simonson

A local favorite - an amusingly illustrated dictionary of pidgin English in cartoon format. Presenting the versatility of commonly used pidgin words (the simplified speech used for communication between Island people with different languages). (112pp - softcover $9.95)


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