Bishop Museum Press Goes Digital
This spring, Bishop Museum Press enters the digital realm with the release of six of its most historically important and popular publications as e-books. Titles available for the Kindle, iPad and Nook e-readers include Folktales of Hawai‘i, collected and translated by Mary Kawena Pukui with Laura Green; Ka Po‘e Kahiko: The People of Old, Works of the People of Old, and Tales and Traditions of the People of Old by Samuel Kamakau; Arts and Crafts of Hawaii by Peter Buck; and A Legendary Tradition of Kamapua‘a, the Hawaiian Pig-God by Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa.
An additional nine titles will become available over the next few months including Hawaiian Antiquities by David Malo; ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, collected and translated by Mary Kawena Pukui; Native Planters in Old Hawaii; Native Land and Foreign Desires; Kepelino's Traditions of Hawaii; Fragments of Hawaiian History; Ancient Sites of O‘ahu; Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Primary Hawaiian Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back; and the Amy Greenwell Garden Ethnobotanical Guide to Native Hawaiian Plants.
Among the hallmarks of the Museum’s new strategic plan, finalized in the spring of last year, will be the implementation of increasingly innovative and effective means to enhance delivery of public programming. The move to e-publication is an important move in this direction for the institution.
“We’re excited to begin offering our titles in digital format,” says Press Director Ron Cox.
“E-books provide another means for extending our reach, offering added convenience, and engaging new readers in the rich legacy of storytelling and sharing knowledge that remain at the heart of the museum’s mission.”
The e-books retail for $9.99 - $19.99 and are available on Amazon.com (for Kindle), Barnes&Noble.com (for Nook), and Apple's iBookstore/iTunes (for iPad). See links to available titles below.
Tales and Traditions of the People of Old
Works of the People of Old
‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings