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Traditions of Oʻahu: Bibliography

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


Abbott, Isabella Aiona. La'au Hawai'i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1992.

Ancient O'ahu: Stories from Thrum and Fornander. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1996.

Andrews, Lorrin. Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1974. (First published in 1865.)

Arens, W. The Man Eating Myth: Anthropology and Anthropophagy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Beckley, Emma Metcalf. [See also Nakuina.] "Hawaiian Fisheries and Methods of Fishing with an Account of The Fishing Implements used by The Natives of the Hawaiian Islands." Honolulu: Advertiser Steam Print, 1883 (on microfilm, Hamilton Library, UH at Manoa).

Beckwith, Martha. Hawaiian Mythology. Honolulu: UH Press, 1970. (First published in 1940 by Yale University Press.)

Beckwith, Martha. The Hawaiian Romance of Laieikawai. Translation of Laieikawai by S.N. Hale'ole. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1919. 285-666.

_____. "Hawaiian Shark Aumakua." American Anthropologist, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1917): 503-517. (Reprinted in Emma M. Nakuina et al. Nanaue the Sharkman and Other Hawaiian Shark Stories. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1994.)

Buck, Peter.Vikings of the Pacific. Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 1938.

Charlot, John.The Kamapua'a Literature: The Classic Traditoins of the Hawaiian Pig God as a Body of Literature.. La'ie, Hawai'i: Institute of Polynesian Studies, 1987.

Devaney, Dennis M., Marion Kelly, Polly Jae Lee, and Lee S. Motteler. Kane'ohe: A History of Change. Honolulu: The Bess Press, 1982.

Dickey, Lyle A. "Stories of Wailua, Kauai." Hawaiina Historical Society, Twenty-fifth Annual Report. Honolulu: 1917, 14-36.

Emerson, Nathaniel B. Pele and Hiiaka: A Myth from Hawaii. Honolulu: 'Ai Pohaku Press, 1993. (First published in 1915.)

_____. Unwritten Literature of Hawaii: The Sacred Songs of the Hula. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1965. (First published in 1909 by Bureau of American Ethnology.)

Finney, Ben. Hokule'a: The Way to Tahiti . New York; Dodd, Mead, 1979.

_____. Voyage of Rediscovery: A Cultural Odyssey Through Polynesia. Berkeley: UC Press, 1994.

Fornander, Abraham. Ancient History of the Hawaiian People. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing, 1996. (Volume 2 of the three volume An Account of the Polynesian Race, published from 1878-1885.)

_____. Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folklore, Vol. 4, 5, 6. Edited by Thomas G. Thrum. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1916-1920.

Fujimura, Faith N. and Williamson B.C. Chang. Groundwater in Hawai'i: A Century of Progress. Honolulu: UH Manoa, Water Resources Research Institute, 1981.

Green, Laura, and Mary Kawena Pukui. The Legend of Kawelo and Other Hawaiian Folk Tales. Honolulu, 1936. (On Microfilm 1534. No. 2, Hamilton Library, UH Månoa.)

Gutmanis, June. Na Pule Kahiko: Ancient Hawaiian Prayers. Honolulu: Editions Limited. 1983.

Hale'ole, S.N. The Hawaiian Romance of Laieikawai. Hawaiian text with English trans. by Martha Warren Beckwith. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1919.

Handy, E.S. Craighill. History and Culture of the Society Islands. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1930.

_____. Houses, Boats, and Fishing in the Society Islands. Honolulu: Bishop Museum 1932.

_____. Polynesian Religion. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1927.

Handy, E.S. Craighill and Elizabeth Green Handy, with Mary Kawena Pukui. Native Planters in Old Hawaii: Their Life, Lore, and Environment. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1972.

Handy, E.S. Craighill, and Mary Kawena Pukui. The Polynesian Family System in Ka'-u Hawai'i. Rutland, Vt: Tuttle, 1972. (First published in 1958 by the Polynesian Society, Wellington, New Zealand.)

Handy, E.S. Craighill, Mary Kawena Pukui, and Katherine Livermore. Outline of Hawaiian Physical Therapeutics. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1934.

Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time (Compact Disk with Liner Notes). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Folkways, 1989.

Hawaiian Voyaging Traditions (

Henry, Teuira. Ancient Tahiti. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1928.

Henry, Teuira, et al. Voyaging Chiefs of Havai'i. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1992.

Holt, John Dominis. Recollections: Memoirs of John Dominis Holt. Honolulu: Kupa'a, 1993.

Ii ['I'i], John Papa. Fragments of Hawaiian History. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1959.

Johnson, Rubellite Kawena, and John Kaipo Mahelona. Na Inoa Hoku: A Catalogue of Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names. Honolulu: Topgallant Press, 1975.

Kahananui, Dorothy M. Ed. and Trans. Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1984.

Kalakaua, David. The Legends and Myths of Hawaii. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1972. (First published in 1888.)

Kamakau, Samuel M. Ka Po'e Kahiko / The People of Old. Trans. by Mary Kawena Pukui. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1964.

_____. Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii. Trans. by Mary Kawena Pukui et al. Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools, 1961.

_____. Tales and Traditions of the People of Old / Na Mo'olelo a ka Po'e Kahiko. Trans. by Mary Kawena Pukui. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1991.

_____. The Works of the People of Old / Na Hana a ka Po'e Kahiko. Trans. by Mary Kawena Pukui. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1976.

Kame'eleihiwa, LilikalaA Legendary Tradition of Kamapua'a, The Hawaiian Pig God. Translated from Ka Leo o Ka Lahui. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1996.

Kane, Herb Kawanui, "The Seekers," Manoa: A Journal of International Writings. Vol. 5, No. 1 (Summer 1993): 15-23.

Kepelino, Keauokalani. Kepelino's Traditions of Hawaii. Translated and edited by Martha Warren Beckwith. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1932. (Reprinted in 1978.)

Kirch, Patrick. Feathered Gods and Fishhooks: An Introduction to Hawaiian Archaeology and Prehistory. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1985.

Kirch, Patrick and Marshall Sahlins. Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii, Vol. 1 and 2. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Kyselka, Will. An Ocean in Mind. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987.

Landgraf, Anne Kapulani. Na Wahi Pana o Ko'olaupoko: Legendary Places of Ko'olaupoko. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

Leib, Amos P. and A. Grove Day. Hawaiian Legends in English: An Annotated Bibliography, 2nd Edition. Honolulu: UH Press: 1979.

Lewis, David. We the Navigators. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press: 1972.

Luomala, Katharine. Voices on the Wind: Polynesian Myths and Chants. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1986.

Lyons, Paul. "From Man-Eaters to Spam-Eaters: Literary Tourism and the Discourse of Cannibalism from Herman Melville to Paul Theroux." Arizona Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Summer 1995): 33-62.

MacGregor, Gordon. Ethnology of Tokelau Islands. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1937.

Malo, David. Hawaiian Antiquities. Trans. by Dr. Nathaniel B. Emerson. 2nd Edition. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1951. (First published in 1903.)

Malo, Davida. Moolelo Hawaii. Edited by Malcolm Naea Chun. Honolulu: Folk Press, 1987.

Manu, Moke et al. Hawaiian Fishing Traditions. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1992.

McAllister, J. Gilbert. Archaeology of Oahu. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1933.

Melville, Herman. Typee. New York: Penguin / Signet Classic. 1964. (First published in 1846.)

Montaigne, Michel de. Complete Essays. Trans. by Donald M. Frame. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1958.

Munro, George C. Birds of Hawaii. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle. 1960. (First published in 1944.)

Nakuina, Emma M. "Ancient Hawaiian Water Rights And Some of the Customs Pertaining to Them." Hawaiian Annual 1894: 79-84.

Nakuina, Emma M. Hawaii Its People, Their Legends. Honolulu: Hawaii Promotion Committee, 1904.

Nakuina, Emma M. et al. Nanaue the Sharkman and Other Hawaiian Shark Stories. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1994.

Nakuina, Moses K. Moolelo Hawaii o Pakaa a me Ku-a-Pakaa Honolulu, 1902. (Reprinted in 1991 by Kalamaku Press)

_____. The Wind Gourd of La'amaomao. Trans. by Esther T. Mookini and Sarah Nakoa. Honolulu: Kalamaku Press, 1990. (Re-edited and reprinted in 1992.)

Nordhoff, Charles. "Notes on the Off-shore fishing of the Society Islands." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 39: 137-173; 221-262.

Pukui [Puku'i], Mary Kawena. "Canoe Making and Descriptions." A translation of "Kalai Waa Ana a Me Kona Mau Ano" by Z.P.K KawaikaumaiiKamakaokaopua (Kalokuokamaile), published in Nupepa Kuokoa, October 26-1922-February 15, 1923. Manuscript in Bishop Museum.

Pukui, Mary Kawena. 'Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1983.

Pukui, Mary Kawena and Samuel Elbert. Hawaiian Dictionary. Honolulu, UH Press: 1986.

Pukui, Mary Kawena, Samuel Elbert, and Esther Mookini. Place Names of Hawaii. Honolulu, UH Press: 1974.

Pukui, Mary Kawena, with Laura C.S. Green. Folktales of Hawai'i / He Mau Ka'ao Hawai'i. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1995. (A compilation of stories first published in three separate volume in 1923, 1926, and 1928.)

Pukui, Mary Kawena, E.W. Haertig, M.D. and Catherine A. Lee. Nana I Ke Kumu (Look to the Source), Vol. I and II. Honolulu: Hui Hanai: 1972.

Pukui, Mary Kawena, and Alfons L. Korn. The Echo of Our Song: Chants and Poems of the Hawaiians. Honolulu: UH Press: 1973.

Rice, William Hyde. Hawaiian Legends. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1923.

Sacks, Oliver. The Island of the Color Blind. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

Stannard, David. Before the Horror: The Population of Hawai'i on the Eve of Western Contact. Honolulu: SSRI. 1989.

Sterling, Elspeth P., and Catherine C. Summers. Sites of Oahu. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1978.

Te Rangi Hiroa (Peter H. Buck). Samoan Material Culture, Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1930.

Thrum, Thomas G. Hawaiian Almanac and Annual. (also called The Hawaiian Annual. and Thrum's Annual) 1875 - 1932.

_____. Hawaiian Folk Tales; a Collection of Native Legends. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1907.

_____. More Hawaiian Folk Tales; a Collection of Native Legends and Traditions. Chicago, 1923.

Titcomb, Margaret. Native Use of Fish in Hawaii. Honolulu: UH Press, 1972. (First published in 1952 as Memoir 29 of the Polynesian Society, Wellington, New Zealand.)

Tomoya, Akimichi. "Conservation of the Sea: Satawal, Micronesia" in Traditional Fishing in the Pacific, Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1986: 15-33.

Von den Steinem's Marquesan Myths. Trans. by Marta Langridge. Canberra: TARGET OCEANIA, 1988.

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