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Hawaiian history books

Thanks to acousticate and to M. Kesa for the heads up regarding the following Hawaiian history books and Hawaiian-based journal. In no particular order:

"Hawaii Pono" by Lawrence Fuchs


"Dismembering Lahui" by Jon K. Osorio


As a side note... I love the song, "Hawaiian Eyes," and replay it til my husband gets annoyed that I play it over 50 times :)

"Aloha Betrayed" by Noenoe Silva PhD


"From a Native Daughter" by Haunani K. Trask


Then "'Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal" which can be read at http://www.hawaii.edu/oiwi

This is the book that I am re-reading, "Shoal of Time" by Gavan Daws:


My reading system as it pertains to reading about histories is to read then re-read some books. In this case I am restarting my reading of Hawaiian history and US history as well as of European, Asian, and Native American histories LOL with this book as it symbolizes my introduction to written Hawaiian history (as opposed to Hawaiian oral history which is how Hawaiian history is based upon... not what is written and instead on oral history passed from kupuna to keiki and so on and so forth) which was introduced at the Kamehameha Schools when I was in the ninth grade (my first year of attendance there.) This is in addition to reading about sales, nutrition, exercise, gardening, land, law, the legal system, etc. I have about 500 books in my reading room in HomeHome and about 100 books in my place near Washington DC. (About 20% are of Hawaiians and/or about history.) Here is a pic of some of my Hawaiian books and Hawaiian history books:

Notice "Nana i ke kumu" as in "look to the source."

In addition to the aforementioned I also continuously study Hawaiian, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese, Portuguese, and French LOL

In any case I am on another one of these reading cycles.

Anyway I'll have to add this to my numerous websites. In addition I will be posting pics probably tomorrow as I am flying to HomeHome tomorrow. Then next Thursday I'm returning to the Washington DC. Busy yes... tired no. I want some aku palu! :)


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 19th, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
oooppsss...i need glasses. I thought the first book said Hawaii Porno.
Nov. 20th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
More books
There are so many good books about Hawaiians, the culture, and the history. Two of the very good academic works written by non-hawaiians are:
"Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence: Rank, Gender, and Colonialism in the Hawaiian Islands" by Jocelyn Linnekin.
- This is very academic, but it gave me much to think about concerning who we look at when we study the history of our ancestors. Women largely get left out, except for the ali'i.

The other one is "What Natives Think: About Captain Cook For Example" By Marshall Sahlins
-I wasn't sure if I would like this, but I found his scholarship on the makahiki. I am biased since he quoted an ancestor of mine:)

I also love the writings of S.M. Kamakau. I often find my self going back and forth between his and Beckwith's work.

While I only read two of the books on the above list, my favorite was Dismembering Lahui. I believe that Osorio did a fantastic job putting together that book.
Nov. 22nd, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
One More Excellent Source
Forgot this one:

Native Land and Foreign Desires: Pehea La E Pono Ai? How Shall We Live in Harmony? by Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa
Nov. 24th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: One More Excellent Source
I haven't read that, but it is one I have wanted to take a look at. Hmmmm Christmas reading?
Apr. 6th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Don't forget the In the Name of Hawaiians: Native Identities and Cultural Politics by Rona Tamiko Halualani. I haven't read it yet...but I'm going to. Btw, do you have Kanalu Young's Rethinking the Native Hawaiian Past? We were looking to order it, but the $100 is a bit daunting for me.
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