Folktales of Hawaiʻi is a selection of 44 traditional Hawaiian folktales collected, translated, and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui with Laura C. S. Green. Many of these folktales are presented both in Pukui’s original Hawaiian and in English translation. Their sequence reflects the order of traditional hula presentations, beginning with stories about the gods, followed by those of chiefs, and then tales of ordinary people. These moʻolelo—part of the culture and place that engendered them—provide entertainment as well as an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural tradition of Hawaiʻi. The book features original illustrations of plants native to Pukui’s home district of Kaʻū, Hawaiʻi, by artist Sig Zane.
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