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Nana I Ke Kumu (Look to the Source), Vol. 2 Paperback – September 30, 2014
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About the Author
Mary Kawena Pukui was a noted authority on the Hawaiian language. She had a long professional association with the Bernice P. Bishop Museum and translated many Hawaiian historical documents. She coauthored, with Samuel H. Elbert, the Hawaiian Dictionary and Place Names of Hawaii.
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I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in old Hawaiian culture and to anyone in the psychology field as it gives great insight in an alternative way of being that worked well for in excess of 1000 years.
For anyone contemplating travel to Hawaii, this book will deepen and enrich your experience and help bridge the gap between European and Hawaiian cultures that still exists today.
The book is a fascinating read in its own right, containing stories that keep you turning the pages.
If you are looking for a book that illustrates the lives ancient Hawaiians from the Hawaiian perspective (and not from the Hollywood perspective) then this book is for you. It is an excellent resource for scholar and layman alike.
Written in a format similar to an encyclopedia to allow easy lookup, the authors paints though spiritual, emotional and practical examples of ancient Hawaiian life. We follow a Hawaiian 'Ohana from conception to birth of the child to the child learning and growing up in society; relationships (sexual or otherwise) between man and woman; healing and spirituality; dreams and symbols; the many faces of aggressions; shame and guilt; ESP and prophecies; and lastly, the Hawaiian Self Image.
I ordered this book because my kumu hula (hula teacher) recommended it to suppliment my hula kahiko (ancient) instruction and understand what I am dancing to. A hula dancer, scholar or one that has the aloha spirit will find value in this book.
Hawaiians believe in the power of words, especially the spoken word. I encourage you to understand the power behind these written words. Nana I Ke Kumu (Look to the source)!!
O Hui Hou!