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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom from a Wise Ancestor Shared with Readers the Hawaiian Way, May 20, 2008
This review is from: Tales from the Night Rainbow (Paperback)
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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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Initial post: Feb 6, 2013 9:09:22 AM PST
Ms. Brown, I would like to contact you to ask you to consider a book I worked on for eight years.

It's called Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. You can find my website at LucilleZimmerman.com

I couldn't find an email or Twitter contact to reach you.
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