Tales and Traditions of the People of Old: Nā Moolelo a ka Poe Kahiko

As western influence threatened to obscure the native culture of Hawaii in the nineteenth century, a few Hawaiians felt moved to document their traditions and beliefs. Samuel M. Kamakau was among the most prolific of these scholars. Tales and Traditions of the People of Old completes a trilogy based on a series of articles Kamakau wrote in 1868 and 1870 for the Hawaiian-language newspaper Ke Au Okoa. The first volume, Ka Poe Kahiko: The People of Old, documents the spiritual beliefs and practices of traditional Hawaiians. The second, Works of the People of Old, examines their material culture. In this final volume, Kamakau takes the reader on a tour of the islands, stopping along the way to tell tales associated with various sites. The stories, some full of mischief, bring to life the ancestral chiefs and gods of Hawaii. Kamakau describes the origins of Hawaii and its people, taking pains to trace the genealogies of the chiefs. Today the knowledge that Kamakau tried to capture for future generations would be out of reach of most of the people of Hawaii, were it not for the faithful translation into English by Mary Kawena Pukui and the skillfull editing of Dorothy Barrère.

This title is currently out of print, but is still available as an e-book.

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Samuel M. Kamakau
Translated by Mary Kawena Pukui
Edited by Dorothy B. Barrère
ISBN: 0-930897-71-4
Price: Softcover $15.95, E-book $9.99
Date of Publication: 1993
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 196
Binding: paper