Date of Publication: 1996
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
These are the stories of O'ahu before high rises, freeways and hotels, before sugar plantations and pineapple fields, before churches and Bibles. Culled from the collections of Abraham Fornander (1812-1887) and Thomas Thrum (1842-1932), the stories present an ancient history of the island and its first people, telling of the heroes, ancestral spirits, and demigods who performed good works and punished evil-doers. Stories of the first people have been largely neglected and ignored by the colonial educational system in Hawai'i. Yet the values embodied in these stories - hospitality, fairness, generosity, courage, and respect for the land and life - are part of a way of life that is as important as ever today. As our population increases, and the social and natural environments became more degraded, we are reminded that our well-being and quality of life, as in ancient times, depend on such values.