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Place Names of Hawaii (Revised) Paperback – July 1, 1974


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (July 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824805240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824805241
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Frederick on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a treasure. "Place Names of Hawaii" is an exceptional and important reference book for anyone who is interested in the Hawaiian language or anyone who just wants to know the meaning behind the names of streets, towns, valleys, land sections, fish ponds, craters, mountains, streams, islands, churches, buildings, et cetera. Every entry has an English translation of the Hawaiian name (when possible) as well as background information. It is invaluable reference book for any Hawaiian language student, but "Place Names" should also be in the library or book collection of everyone who lives in Hawai'i that has a library or book collection.

Place Names of Hawaii, and Supplement to the Third Edition of the Hawaiian-English Dictionary. was the 1966 first edition, it had about 1,125 entries and was described as a "Supplement to the Third Edition of the Hawaiian-English Dictionary. The Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian is perhaps the most important reference book on the Hawaiian language and "Place Names" is a product of the same team of Pukui/Elbert. This is the "revised and expanded edition" with about 4,000 entries. It should also be considered a supplement to the UH Hawaiian Dictionary, although it is also a stand alone reference and can be used and enjoyed all by itself.

The revised and expanded edition of "Place Names" has been available for more than 30 years. I can not understand how it is that I am the first to write a review for Amazon; considering how important this book is to Hawaii and its language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frederick on June 2, 2008
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This is the first edition of "Place Names of Hawaii", a very important Hawaiian reference book. I recommend the "revised and expanded edition" of Place Names of Hawaii because it contains about 4,000 entries, while this first edition contains only 1,125 entries (28% of the latest edition). I gave the first edition 5 stars, so that it would receive its proper recognition and respect; however, unless you are a book collector into acquiring first editions, you should probably get the "revised and expanded edition" of Place Names of Hawaii. Please read my review for Place Names of Hawaii, the "revised and expanded edition."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick on June 2, 2008
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This is the first edition of "Place Names of Hawaii", a very important Hawaiian reference book. I recommend the "revised and expanded edition" of Place Names of Hawaii because it contains about 4,000 entries, while this first edition contains only 1,125 entries (28% of the latest edition). I gave the first edition 5 stars, so that it would receive its proper recognition and respect; however, unless you are a book collector into acquiring first editions, you should probably get the "revised and expanded edition" of Place Names of Hawaii. Please read my review for Place Names of Hawaii, the "revised and expanded edition."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graybeard on September 2, 2013
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This is a first-rate work on the origin of 4,000 Hawaiian place names (towns, buildings, streets, mountains, hills, craters, streams, beaches, bays, etc.) by highly regarded Hawaiian language scholars and peer-reviewed by other highly regarded subject matter experts. Among the book's thousands of etymological facts: Alakea, a street in downtown Honolulu, means 'white street' (ala 'street' + kea 'white'), so named because it once was paved with white coral. The book also explains how College Walk, along Nu'uanu Stream on the edge of Chinatown, got its name, when there is no college in sight. Answer: St. Louis College (now known as St. Louis High School and now located at the base of St. Louis Heights in Kaimuki) used to be located nearby and College Walk led to it. And speaking of Kaimuki, it means 'ti oven' (imu 'oven' + ki 'ti'), so named because the legendary Menehune reputedly cooked ti roots in ovens there. This is a wonderful resource for anyone with an interest in Hawaii.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Newlon on November 6, 2011
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This is a fun book for the Hawaiian student. It is also great if you live in Hawai'i or are going to travel to Hawai'i. You can get the meaning and correct pronunciation for the towns, areas and street signs. It also helps if you are learning to speak Hawaiian because you can add words that you already know to your vocabulary.
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