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Folktales of Hawaii

by Mary Kawena Pukui

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These are weird and wonderful stories from Hawai'i, collected with love and care. They tell of the origins of the islands, the early actions of the gods...of the foolishness or greed of mortals and how it is repaid, or of the actions of good or bad kupua, the demi-gods of several shapes. They are engaging and accessible, and fascinatingly varied.

The collection is presented beautifully with illustrations of Hawaiian plants. It contains the original Hawaiian text of many of the stories, as well. The footnotes, from the original collector and several editors, are very helpful and, crucial to much scholarship, often note alternate versions or details encountered by the collector. ( )
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