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Nana I Ke Kumu (Look to the Source) volume I Paperback – June 1, 1983

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Hui Hanai; First edition (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096167380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961673802
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating book. In Hawaiian many words have multiple meanings, and understanding their meaning is only possible if you study the culture, and vice versa. This book illustrates meaning and culture by giving examples, interviews, stories, cross-references, as well as definitions. This is no dry dictionary or analytical scholarly work. It's very readable, evocative, and draws you into the magical and sometimes alien world of old Hawaii.
There are actually two volumes, at least in the 1972 edition that I have. Volume 1 is a discussion of cultural concepts. Volume two "traces social customs, practices and beliefs from birth to old age".
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