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A brilliant book of interviews with amazing photographs -- The Maui News, May 23, 1999

Sections on Hawaiian healers shed light on practices just beginning to become known outside the Hawaiian community. -- Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 6, 1999

Steve Brinkman's masterful black-and-white portraits are intimate, as though you're just about to clasp the person's hand. -- Kihei Times, August 10, 1999

The book is emotionally inspiring all the way through. -- Kihei Times, August 10, 1999

These uncompromising men and women revived Hawaiian language, dance and music; they rediscovered native arts such as kapa making, herbal healing and open-sea navigation; they began the struggle for sovereignty—in short, they pulled their own culture back from the brink of extinction. Today's Hawaiian elders constitute a truly heroic generation. Each chapter represents an encounter--and I mean a good, rich, insightful, thought-provoking encounter—with a different member of this heroic generation. -- Haleakala Times, August 17, 1999

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Hawaiian tradition honors the elders as keepers of its knowledge and wisdom. The 24 people interviewed in Voices of Wisdom continue that tradition by teaching us their mastery. They are kahuna, in the old days considered the best in their specialty. Here are a few excerpts of their voices: "We somewhat live yesterday in combination with today."

Jo-Anne Sterling "Our goal was to recapture our traditions, to make our people feel proud of those traditions and therefore proud about themselves."

Nainoa Thompson "The gift of mana [power, spiritual essence] is all of ours, and we can command this mana. You generate mana through prayer, through deep breathing and through meditation."

Lanakila Brandt "It's said that Hawaiian massage is praying work."

Margaret Machado "The hula is Hawai'i. The hula is the history of our country. The hula is a story itself if it's done right. And the hula, to me, is the foundation of life. It teaches us how to live, how to respect, how to share. The hula, to me, is the ability to create one's inner feelings and no one else's."

George Na'ope "The work [kapa making] was done almost exclusively by the women and that intrigues me. I want the world to know what that Hawaiian woman did and what she went through to produce the ultimate art piece in the fiber arts. When I work, I feel like that Hawaiian woman, back in time."

Puanani Van Dorpe

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  • File Size: 13724 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Aka Press; 2 edition (November 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2014
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  • Language: English
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