November 29, 2018


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Bishop Museum Press Reprints ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings

Hardcover reprint will mark 35th anniversary of the first printing of Ōlelo No‘eau by Mary Kawena Pukui


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – The Bishop Museum Press, Hawai‘i’s oldest book publisher and one of the first scholarly publishers in the Western Hemisphere, will launch a hardcover reprint of ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings on Dec. 7, 2018. The reprint, made possible through a generous gift from the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation, will mark the 35th anniversary of the first printing of this extraordinary publication. The book of Hawaiian sayings was collected, translated and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui, illustrated by Dietrich Varez and designed by Barbara Pope.

What: The reprinting of ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, in partnership with the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation, is the next stride in the revitalization of Bishop Museum Press and the larger strategic initiative by Bishop Museum to improve access to its published titles following the reprint of Canoes of Oceania last spring.

Ōlelo No‘eau was first published in November 1983, and has recently only been available as an ebook via Bishop Museum Press’s online store. The book is the product of a collecting effort that was begun by Mrs. Pukui at about the age of fifteen, around 1910, and continued throughout her long and honored career as a translator and collector of historic Hawaiian materials and as a teacher and lecturer on the language, music and dance of traditional Hawai‘i. The collection of Hawaiian sayings displays the wisdom, poetic beauty and humor of these finely crafted expressions.

This classic title is a staple of many local bookshelves, and has been kept, shared and sought after throughout the years since its first printing. The collection of sayings offers a basis for an understanding of the essence and origins of traditional Hawaiian values.

Where: ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings will be available at, Bishop Museum’s Shop Pacifica, and local bookstores.

When: Dec. 7, 2018 (preorders available now online or at Shop Pacifica)

Price: $39.95 (hardcover)


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