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Dennis Kawaharada
ISBN: 9780970959706
Date of Publication: 1996
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 140
Binding: paper

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.

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