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Paperback, 608 pages
Published February 1st 1977 by Univ of Hawaii Pr (first published 1940)
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Alissa Bach
I interloaned this from my local library thinking it would be a fun read. For the record, I love mythology. Especially that which is non-Greek (which is overdone, although still cool). Plus, I'd just returned from a 10-day visit to Hawaii. I've been interested in culture and customs of Hawaii since that social studies unit in first grade. So... A good choice in books, right?

Not so much.

What I was hoping for was a quick, easy to read volume about the gods and godesses of Hawaii. Stories. Legends.
Although this book contained exhaustive examples and research, it was poorly organized in places.
This is not a book I could read from cover to cover. I have found it most useful as an index to stories in Fornander's collection of Hawaiian folklore. This book still seems to be a standard reference, and given its ubiquity in Hawaiian bookstores (especially those aimed at tourist trade) it is itself now something of an anthropological artifact. As I have read and reread it, though, I have come to appreciate the difficulty of its task, and the skill with which it compiles stories from a variety ...more
Textbook containing a lot of analysis and some mythology. Breaks down the structures of a very complex mythology. I would've liked to see more mythology and a little less academic process--sometimes you just have to trust the reader with the information and fill in the blanks when needed. Then again, it's a fucking textbook, so I really shouldn't be complaining. Still, nothing but a big sigh for this one.
A vintage academic work, which I read as background for an upcoming trip to Hawaii. It is not an easy read, but a good reference for sites, legends, etc.
The most thorough compendium of Hawaiian mythology outside of formal scholarly literature. A good library addition for anyone with interest in the Polynesian islands.
Most comprehensive and informative book on the subject of Hawaiian Mythology. Tremedous book.
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