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by David Kalakaua


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This book was an interesting selection of Hawaiian folklore retold. The book was part of Kalakaua's project to restore some of his people's traditions.

This book was an interesting selection of Hawaiian folklore retold. The tone of the work is stilted and somewhat formal, so it may not be the best book to read for entertainment purposes. The book was part of Kalakaua's project to restore some of his people's traditions Keaulumoku's white head and bent form were seen in the opening. Seating himself within view of all he began to chant a mele in tremulous tones.

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. of water, and at the top of his speed started down the mountain

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. of water, and at the top of his speed started down the mountain. Over the rim he dashed with an agonized heart, and down the ragged slope of the kula to the shore, which the waves were already lashing in a voice of thunder

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The people were ruled by district chiefs, in fief to a supreme head on some of the islands, and on others independent, and the lines dividing the masses from the nobility were less strictly . Russian and Polish Folk Lore and Legends.

The people were ruled by district chiefs, in fief to a supreme head on some of the islands, and on others independent, and the lines dividing the masses from the nobility were less strictly drawn than during the centuries succeeding. Wars were frequent between neighboring chiefs, and popular increase was slow; but the tabus of the chiefs and priests were not oppressive, and the people claimed and exercised a degree of personal independence unknown to them after the eleventh century.

It combines many traditional Hawaiian legends with stories about historical incidents, such as the death of Captain James Cook at the hands of Hawaiians in 1779 and the destruction of Hawaiian temples in 1819. Stores ▾. Audible Barnes & Noble Walmart eBooks Google Play Abebooks Book Depository Alibris Better World Books IndieBound.

By his hawaiian majesty kalakaua. The legends are of a little archipelago which was unknown to the civilized world until the closing years of the last century, and of a people who for many centuries exchanged no word or product with the rest of mankind; who had lost all knowledge, save the little retained by the dreamiest of legends, of the great world beyond their island home; whose.

Written with a certain amount of historical bias and subjectivity, only a thoroughly objective, enthusiastic and well-conceived scholarly overview may be able to be its equal.

A collection of legends and myths of the Hawaiian islands and their 'strange people' as told by His Majesty King Kalakaua, the last king of Hawaii. Daggett, United States Minister to the Hawaiian Islands 1882-1885.

Paperback – 18 March 2012. by David Kalakaua (King of Hawaii) (Creator).

Book by Kalakaua, King David

Comments: (7)

Chilldweller
Great stories. The writing style is (not surprisingly) quite dated. This is a thick book with small print and it's taken a good month to get through. But the stories are wonderful and are interconnected, to some extent. Lots of sacrificing and the names are a bit tough to keep track of, but lots of fun to read. This reads more like a book of traditional stories than like a textbook. I could barely put it down for the first half. Wish I would have read this before going to Maui, as the stories really connect to the land and towns--Wailuku and Lahaina are frequently mentioned-- but it'll help me be ready for next time.
Hra
We have established a social second home in Hawaii. Being in North Kohala, on the Big Island, the history and legends run deep. Even without this connection this is an excellent book. A must read for any resident or visitor to Hawaii. It reads quickly & like a story book not a history book. It's as if "uncle" sat down to tell you the legends of our island home. An excellent read.
Yllk
Originally published in 1888, 'The Legends And Myths of Hawaii: The Fables & Folklore of a Strange People' by King David Kalakaua is probably the best book currently available on Hawaiian folklore, and due to its authentic pedigree, likely to be for some time.

Written with a certain amount of historical bias and subjectivity, only a thoroughly objective, enthusiastic and well-conceived scholarly overview may be able to be its equal.

In the early 19th century, and under the rule of an inappropriate king, a band of political and religious leaders of the only-recently united Hawaiian Islands formed a conspiracy with the intent of overthrowing the centuries-old native Hawaiian religion and tabu (taboo) traditions.

Though Christian missionaries were to arrive later, the conspirators had recently witnessed the arrival of foreign merchants to the islands, white men who appeared to act as they pleased without receiving fatal punishment from the native gods.

The weak young king, already something of a hedonist, was persuaded by the conspirators to join them in a public display of tabu defiance. Sadly, the conspirators were successful, and on that day the tabu system, gods, and idols--their entire centuries-old religious system--officially went into the fire forever.

Author Kalakaua, a direct descendant of the royal line, was famous during his reign for attempting to reverse this cultural dissolution and return the full majesty of the ancient Hawaiian traditions back to prominence among his people.

'The Legends And Myths Of Hawaii' was part of his effort, and, as such, has an important and dignified history. Throughout the volume, sensitive readers may sense the author's mental, emotional, and historical intimacy with his material. Only a hundred years before his book was published, the Hawaiian people were still 'pure,' free of Western influence, and living a relatively comfortable stone-age existence after fifteen centuries. .

Beautifully introduced by R. M. Daggett and highly readable throughout, the text underscores the importance of honor, nobility of character, the warrior code, respect for self, family and nature, and finding the necessary balance between individual and communal needs. Sneakiness, pettiness, and selfishness are found to be disreputable qualities; facial beauty, excellent physical proportion, athletic ability, personal integrity, and joy in life are highly valued.

As outlined by the tales, gender roles are traditional: men are expected to be masculine and honorable, whether warrior, sportsman, shaman, folk-singer, fisherman, or farmer. Women are observed to be behaving appropriately when warm, supportive, comforting, and pure of intention.

Interestingly, though denied the better food under the tabu system, women are often portrayed as objects of veneration, worthy of the sacrifice of a man's life, and held as equals in love relationships. For both sexes, responsible and dedicated parenting is fundamental.

These are vital, proud legends of heroes and heroines: their blood percolates through the book's pages.

As one might expect, the stories are largely archetypal: there are quests, plagues upon the land, a high priest swallowed by a whale, and solar and lunar motifs. War and the conflicts that lead to war are a constant theme; gods, demi-gods, and goddesses are continually present.

Though giants, evil spirits and monsters lurk under the sea, behind mountains and in trees and rocks, the writing is evenly balanced so just the suggestion of a hidden underwater cave, a long journey, an inter-family act of betrayal or a timeless, unconditional love creates the required interest and suspense.

No single storytelling component is emphasized over another, and though each tale has an ethical point and lesson, the writing is never didactic. Each of the legends is enthusiastically told, and Kalakaua's terse descriptions of nature are simply beautiful.
Rarranere
Facinating book that places Hawaian folk lore in its historical roots. Studies of different Hawaian characters and their exploits both historically and mythologically allows the reader to dig deeper into the culture of an isolated people.

And who better to write it but the last King of Hawaii!

Certainly there is a slant to European influence, but I found that in the introduction. The assumption by the author of the introduction that most of these legends have their roots in semitic lore is going too far. Stories like these come from all cultures and have nothing to do with Middle Eastern culture.

Many people in many places of the world that have been touched by Christian missionary work fail to understand that the beliefs and God of Christianity has been drawn into the existing culture and is not as "pure" as is assumed.

I do not doubt that David Kalakaua was influenced by European thought, but he also had great respect for traditional Hawaian beliefs. To assume that these represent an European version of Hawaian lore that is false. As the royal representative of his people, David Kalakaua knew that it was his responsibily to present accurate and faithful renditions of these stories.

Contental Americans and tourists from all over the world think they understand Hawaii, but Hawaians are a secretative people about their beliefs in traditional Hawaian culture. Anyone who expects them to publically display their inner passions will be disappointed and uninformed.

Ride one of the public bus routes and while you will see the islanders in their "western" skins, just look into their eyes and you often see a detachment from many "western" styles and beliefs. They are not a rude people -- just very private.

Just because there are tourist displays of traditional forms of music and dance, tourists can't possibly get into the mind and heart of an Hawaian. Those who think they understand Hawaii from a "white" viewpoint understand nothing.

I say hurrah to David Kalakaua for his faithfulness to many of his people's stories and lore.
Madi
If you are a mythology and folklore enthusiast who wants very detailed information, this book is crammed full of it. There is a whole lot of detail that makes this a dry read, but one that is great if you can't access the internet.

A word of warning: this book has small print. It's smaller than the usual paperback print, so it is recommended that you use a magnifying glass or light if you have a hard time reading small print.
MrDog
With this you not only get myths and legends about Hawaii you also get information about Hawaii's history and culture.
Aria
I really expected stories I could read to my child about Hawaii. This was a history lesson.
The Legends and Myths of Hawaii: The Fables and Folk-Lore of a Strange People download epub
Author: David Kalakaua
ISBN: 080481032X
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Tuttle Pub; Ninth Printing edition (1989)
Pages: 530 pages