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Tales from the Night Rainbow Paperback – 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Night Rainbow Publishing Co. (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962803006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962803000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This unusual and precious book is a story of wisdom from an ancestor of the authors, a very wise woman and Hawaiian elder. The book contains much of interest about Hawaiian culture, told through the eyes of the authors in a deeply personal way. It is a memoir in a way, including genealogies and historical perspectives, but it's so personal at the same time, and filled with insights and descriptions of the Hawaiian culture from a Hawaiian perspective that is rare. This wise woman (the ancestor who the book is about, and who is the "voice" of the story) lived for well over a hundred years and had the chance to see Hawaii change profoundly, so her insights are very special.

It is the memoir of a family, but the memoir of a culture as well, which to the Hawaiians is the same thing. It's hard to explain how the book is written, because it is written in a non-linear (but not confusing) manner, and the content is told through stories. It includes a glossary for the many unfamiliar Hawaiian words.

Reading this book, like Pali Jae Lee's other book, Ho`opono, felt like a gift and a privilege to me. Again, I felt like the author's culture was being shared with me in a vulnerable and gentle way that gave me so much insight and appreciation for her, for her special husband, and for the Hawaiian people.

Highly recommended.
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This is the true source of the wonderful Bowl of Light story. It is the story of the ka'ula or prophetess from Molokai, Makaweliweli, told in the authentic voice of the last of her students, Kaili`ohe Kame`ekua. It is about the ancient Hawaiian spirituality, before kapu. It is about the true mystical, magical place where love ruled and men lived as brothers. Another review suggests this is about life after the Tahitian conquest, but although Kaili'ohe lived after the conquest, she retained the ways of her ancestors, the mo'o clan. A treasure!
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An interesting personal account of Hawaii family traditions that differ from other native traditions already well known or that have been mentioned in earlier works. This is a great book written by an extraordinary man from a wonderfully diverse culture.
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I re-read this book several times while living on Oahu for 18 years... I found it to be a totally unique oral history of an earlier era in Hawaii that we never read or hear about. Before the line of rulers or ali'i that we are so familiar with, and whose main god was Ku, god of war, there was an earlier, more peaceful culture whose dominant god was Lono, god of agriculture. It gives a historical perspective that the earlier people were physically smaller, yet had great spiritual power. This supports the memehune, or little people, as a historical reality. The Hawaiian oral history tradition was so strong that in the 1800s some who were trained to retell stories without changing them were able to memorize the bible in a very short time. This book reveals the ancient, and untold until now, pre-ali'i story of Hawaii's original, peaceful, indigenous culture.

A must-read for everyone interested in Hawaiian and indigenous cultures.
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A Kid's Review on August 7, 2010
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This book is written in an informal "talk story" format. It is rich with Hawaiian culture that any serious hula student or student of Hawaiian culture should read. I found myself disappointed that the book had ended as I wanted to read on. It is a beautiful book.
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I am the owner of the NR Publishing Co. for which this book comes from. My father is Koko Willis and stepmother is Pali Lee. I personally have more books in stock and will be reprinting more in June 2004. Need a book? email me at taysheart13@hotmail.com, Aloha and continue the support.
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This book had me in tears of joy as well as tears of sadness. I really enjoyed reading it. It helped me understand a little more the history of the Hawaiian culture.
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This book should be read by anyone who is interested in Hawaiian or indigenous spirituality. One of my favorite quotes from the book: "The main lesson I learned at my school was not of potions, it was to see with the "inner eye," to see things with the heart. To understand the other person, we tried to be in tune--to the people, and to the environment. It was learning kindness and concern, not only for ourselves but for all people and all matter. We were taught a value system that laid aside all material things." Wise words for our world today.
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