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Stories of this island before high-rises, freeways and hotels, before sugar plantations and pineapple fields, before churches and the Bible.

Traditions of Oʻahu: Stories of an Ancient Island

Abstract:


O'ahu was named in honor of a good chief, the son of Papa, the Earth Mother, and Lua. Under O'ahu the island prospered, so the people called the island O'ahu-a-Lua ("O'ahu, child of Lua"). Another good chief who brought peace and prosperity was Kakuhihewa, so the island was later known as O'ahu-a-Kakuhihewa (Summers and Sterling xi).

Traditions of O'ahu presents stories of this island before high-rises, freeways and hotels, before sugar plantations and pineapple fields, before churches and the Bible. The stories tell an ancient history of the island and of ancestors who created a society that valued and nurtured all forms of life and that bonded closely with the 'aina, or life-giving land.

- Dennis Kawaharada

Pronunciation of Hawaiian Words

Consonants: "p," "k" about as in English, but with less aspiration; "h," "l," "m," "n" about as in English; "w" after "i" and "e" usually like "v"; after "u" and "o" usually like "w"; initially and after "a" like "v" or "w"; a glottal stop ( ʻ ), similar to the sound between the "oh"'s in English "oh-oh."

Short Vowels: "a" like "a" in "above"; "e" like "e" in "bet"; "i" like "y" in "city; "o" like "o" in "sole" (but without off-glide); "u" like "oo" in "moon" (but without off-glide)

Long Vowels: long vowels are marked by macrons in Hawaiian language texts, and in this website by bold-facing the letters; long vowels are prolonged and accented, but without off-glides: "a" like "a" in "far"; "e" like "ay" in "play"; "i" like "ee" in "see"; "o" like "o" in "sole"; "u" like "oo" in "moon" .

Map of Oahu

Site Notes

Essays and notes on this website are copyrighted by Site Editor Dennis Kawaharada and may be copied for educational use only. Other texts are copyrighted as annotated. Ideas and opinions expressed in this website are of the authors, not of Kapi'olani Community College.

This website is based on the following publications of Kalamaku Press, available at Amazon.com:

The Wind Gourd of La'amaomao (2nd Edition, 1992)

Ancient O'ahu: Stories from Thrum and Fornander (1996)

Storied Landscapes: Hawaiian Literature and Place (1999)

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