- Hardcover: 999 pages
- Publisher: American Bible Society (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585161993
- ISBN-13: 978-1585161997
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,989,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baibala Hemolele/Hawaiian-Bible-FL Hardcover – February 1, 2011
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I have immense appreciation for the translators who took Greek and Hebrew texts and created the Baibala Hemolele (Holy Bible - Hawaiian translation). Reading this in Hawaiian gives you new insight both into the purity and beauty of the Hawaiian language and the difficulty of translation. In some cases, I find new insights (due to the translation) that I think enhance the meaning of the text. For example, where the names of the plagues of Egypt are translated, the translator used the word (for darkness) "po'ele'ele." Po is "night." 'ele is "black. Reduplication adds emphasis, so a translation of what we read in English as "darkness" would be "the blackest darkness of night." All in one word: po'ele'ele. Kamaha'o (amazing!)
Other passages are as moving as they can possibly be; perhaps more so in Hawaiian. A favorite passage of mine (and well translated) is 1 Corinthians 13 "Ina i olelo au i ka olelo a na kanaka a me na anela..." (If I speak in the language of men and of angels...") It is interesting in Greek, but it truly sings in Hawaiian.
If you are trying to learn Hawaiian (as I am), reading something more complex, yet familiar, like Baibala Hemolele is really helpful in improving your skills. And you will have a new appreciation for both the Bible, and the people who created the written form of Hawaiian from a beautiful, rich oral tradition - the missionaries.
E ola mau ka 'olelo Hawai'i. May the language of Hawai'i live!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a wedding gift, for my part Hawaiian niece. It was what I wanted, as an appropriate wedding gift.Published on April 20, 2014 by Keoni R.
bought to replace my sister's lost one., When spoken it is truly beautiful. I understand some of it but not a fluent speaker of 'olelo Hawai'i yet.Published on December 20, 2013 by H. Alhanati
I was so excited to get my Hawaiian Bible and use it to help me learn Hawaiian. Then I opened it up. No Hawaiian punctuation. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Rissa