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Honolulu Community College Library
Ancestral Places: Understanding Kanaka Geographies
Call Number: DU624.65 .K38 2014
Ancestral Places explores the deep connections that ancestral Kānaka (Native Hawaiians) enjoyed with their environment. It honors the moʻolelo (historical accounts) of the ancestral places of their kupuna (ancestors), and reveals how these moʻolelo and their relationships with the ʻāina (land) inform a Kanaka sense of place. Oliveira elucidates a Kanaka geography and provides contemporary scholars with insights regarding ancestral culture-- including the ways in which Kanaka utilize cartographic performances to map their ancestral places and retain their moʻolelo. Examples of this include reciting creation accounts, employing nuances embedded in language, and dancing hula. A Kanaka by birth, a kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi language teacher) by profession, and a geographer by training, Olivera's interests intersect at the boundary where words and place-making meet her ancestral land. Thus, Ancestral Places imbues the theoretical with sensual practice.
Weavers of Song: Polynesian Music and Dance by
Call Number: ML360 .M28 1999
This book covers in its first part regional music and dance, exploring the musical traditions of twenty specific areas. In the second part McLean describes the musical instruments and the uses, performance, composition, teaching and structure of music across the entire region. He studies the impact of European music on traditional music and includes a chapter on modern music and dance.
Tattoo: Bodies, Art, and Exchange in the Pacific and the West - History of Tattooing
Call Number: GN419.3 .T37 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Citing the Polynesian derivation of the word “tattoo,” many scholars and tattoo enthusiasts have believed that the modern practice of tattooing originated in the Pacific, and specifically in the contacts between Captain Cook’s seamen and the Tahitians. Tattoo demonstrates that while the history of tattooing is far more complex than this, Pacific body arts have provided powerful stimuli to the West intermittently from the eighteenth century to the present day.
The Hawaiian Tattoo
Call Number: GN419.3 .K84 1996
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
A brief history of tattooing -- Techniques and terminology -- Tattoo designs and their relatives -- Basic geometric designs -- The ʻaumakua -- Flights of fancy, proof of grief, marks of shame -- Evolution.
West Maui as Place...
The Storied Places of West Maui: History, Legends, and Place Names of the Sunset Side of Maui by
Call Number: DU628.M3 A53 2016
Publication Date: 2016
The Storied Places of West Maui lay hidden in the place names given to its mountains and streams, its valleys and springs, its ancient fishponds and stone temples, and even large pohaku (stones). Every name has a special meaning and many names have mo'olelo (stories) attached to their translations, making them Wahi Pana, Storied Places. The stories recall important events, important people, and the spiritual dimensions of an ancient culture, all found in the translation of a name given to a particular place very long ago.
Researching Place - Selected Resources
*Call number locations are in the Hawaii Pacific Collections*
Sites of Oahu by
Call Number: DU628.O3 S55 1978
"In addition to the locating of archaeological sites, the material consists of history, tradition, legends, place names, and land descriptions [on the island of Oahu]."
Ancient Sites of O'ahu, Revised Edition by
Call Number: DU624 .J36 2010
Now an entirely updated, full-color edition of the book includes numerous additional sites and expanded site descriptions. Although many remnants of ancient Hawai'i are accessible, ofthen they are hidden, and few sources provide such comprehensive interpretive information. In this informative and easy-to-follow book, author Van James highlights the features, legends, and archaeology of fifty O'ahu sites.
Place Names of Hawaii by
Call Number: DU622 .P79 1976
ONLINE ACCESS (Ulukau.org)
"A glossary of important place names in the State, including names of valleys, streams, mountains, land sections, surfing areas, towns, villages, and Honolulu streets and buildings."
Kailua: In the Wisps of the Malanai Breeze
Call Number: DU629.K244 K244 2009b
Historical and contemporary landscapes of the ahupuaʻa of Kailua. From Kōnāhuanui, the highest peak of the Koʻolau range, to Kaʻōhao, the coastal fishing ground, the ahupuaʻa and its wahi pana, or celebrated regions, are showcased in more than 180 contemporary and historic images.
Kauai: The Separate Kingdom
Call Number: DU628.K3 J63 1987
A readable, thoroughly researched, and generously illustrated history of the island of Kauai. Edward Joesting tells for the first time the story of one of the most intriguing and least known of the Hawaiian Islands. His account begins with the prehistoric origins of the island and concludes with the annexation of Hawaii in 1898.
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