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Place Names of Hawaii
Since the meanings of many of the Hawaiian words and phrases used to identify places in the islands have roots in history a d even the legend, leafing through the pages of this book is an unusually interesting wat to learn about the land and it peole
Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 1st 1974 by University of Hawaii Press
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This is an essential resource for anyone using proper Hawaiian orthography. Alternatively, it is actually a fun book to browse to read the one-sentence origins and meanings of place names (e.g. did you know Kaimukī literally refers to a place where Menehune cooked ti roots in ovens?). This resource is also searchable on wehewehe.org for free, but having the book is nice.
Place names tell the story of Hawaii. For example: In Hilo there is the Wailuku River. If you know the word "wailuku" means "dangerous waters" you will understand why many people drown there. Or take Aupuni Street. Aupuni means "government". It's the street where you can find both the State and County offices. This book is a must-have reference.