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Hawaiian Nation: Man, Gods, and Nature Hardcover – June, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-1878751164 ISBN-10: 1878751166 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Na Kane O Ka Malo Pr; 2nd edition (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878751166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878751164
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,838,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful account of a rich and endangered tradition. -- The Book Reader

The ancient Hawaiian world-view and religion told with accuracy, insight, scholarship, and passion. Read it! -- Tino Ramirez, Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin

About the Author

Michael Kioni Dudley, Ph.D. began teaching Hawaiian religion at Chaminade University in Honolulu in 1975. Over the years since, he also has taught at Leeward and Windward Community Colleges, the University of Hawaii, and at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His doctoral dissertation--the result of more than a decade of researching ancient Hawaiian culture--wa a reconstruction of ancient Hawaiian philosophy. A scholar-activist deeply involved the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, it is his hope that this volume will help firmly root the future Hawaiian nation in the traditional thought and ways of the past.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Palaka on May 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must for any person interested in an academic book on traditional Hawaiian philosophy and cosmology. It is a very readable and unique book. However, the occasional extrapolation of ideas from other polynesian cultures was done, instead of saying "We don't know". Overall a keeper. I plan to read it again and I strongly recommend it to friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Makana Risser Chai on August 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone who is interested in "kahuna wisdom" or "huna" should read this book.

Written by a Native Hawaiian, this book explains in detail a world-view of the ancient Hawaiians, the thought framework from which they approached the world. What is presented here is material collected from ancient chants and stories, beginning with the Kumulipo.

Much of the book is a nontechnical re-writing of the writer's doctoral dissertation. As such, it relies on accepted references and has been read and approved by numerous authorities on Hawaiian traditions.

However, it is a short (124 pages of text) and easy-to-read overview, with useful drawings and delightful stories given as examples.

As the author says, this is only one world-view of the Hawaiians, but it is powerful and authentic.
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By SIMPLY ANNIE on November 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
Love this book. Keeps me planted.
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