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Ka Mooolelo Hawaii

By Lahainaluna

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Book Id: WPLBN0002096938
Format Type: Default
File Size: 2 MB
Reproduction Date: 8/2/2011

Title: Ka Mooolelo Hawaii  
Author: Lahainaluna
Volume:
Language: Hawaiian
Subject: Non Fiction, Geography, Anthropology, Recreation, Hawaiian Geography
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Education
Historic
Publication Date:
Publisher: Hawaiian Historical Society
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center

Description
The primary purpose of the Hawaiian Language Reprint Series, as noted in connection with the publication of the rst two buke in this series, is to make available signicant works originally printed in the Hawaiian language in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but now long out of print and difcult to access. Ka Mooolelo Hawaii, the third in the series, is especially signicant for the place it holds among the large body of works produced by Native Hawaiian writers. As M. Puakea Nogelmeier explains in the Introduction that follows, Ka Mooolelo Hawaii, printed in 1838, is the rst book credited to Native Hawaiian writers, the rst history of the islands published in the Hawaiian language, and the rst concentrated effort to commit Hawaiian oral traditions to paper. The student of Hawaiian history may wonder, what is the connection between the present Ka Mooolelo Hawaii and another well known volume of the same title authored by David Malo As explained in the Introduction, the former is an amalgam that grew out of an 1836 seminar organized by Reverend Sheldon Dibble at Lahainaluna and attended by ten advanced students, one of whom was David Malo. Later, evidently in the 1840s, Malo wrote a more comprehensive “Ka Moolelo Hawaii,” its contents being as much ethnography as history. Translated in 1898 by Nathaniel B. Emerson, it was published in 1903 as Hawaiian Antiquities (Moolelo Hawaii). The two works are clearly linked, however, through general similarities of style, manner of treatment of the historical sections, and absolute identity of language in many passages of the two books.

Excerpt
Ua ho‘omaka ‘o Dibble i ka hana me ka ho‘ili‘ili ‘ana mai i mau huna ‘ike ‘ano nui a laha e pili ana i ka mo‘olelo Hawai‘i. Maopopo le‘a ke kulana pohihihi o ia ‘ike i ia wa, ‘oiai kaka‘ikahi na palapala ho‘oia a pa‘a ka nui o ua ‘ano ‘ike la ma na ku‘ono waihona ho‘omana‘o o ka po‘e ola. Ho‘oholo like ‘ia paha, ina e malama ‘ia ana, ‘o ia no ka manawa e hana ai. Na Dibble no i ho‘oulu i mau ninau ma ke ‘ano i hiki ai a ho‘o- nohonoho iho ma ke ka‘ina manawa. A laila, wae ‘o ia i na haumana ‘oi loa o ke kulanui, he ‘umi ka huina. Ho‘onoho ‘ia lakou ma ke ‘ano he papa noi‘i a ‘o ka ha‘awina mua ka hele pakahi ‘ana aku i na kanaka kahiko o ia au, na ali‘i a me ka lehulehu, e ho‘ili‘ili mai i ka ‘ike maia lakou mai ma ia ninau. Ma ia ‘ano i loa‘a mai ai na mo‘o- lelo ha‘i waha a na kupuna a ua ho‘ohui ‘ia me na mea a na haumana i ‘ike maka ai, ‘oiai he kanaka makua kekahi o lakou. Kakau ‘ia iho ia mau mo‘olelo a pa‘a ma ka pepa, a heluhelu ‘ia na pepa ma ka papa, kahi i ho‘oponopono pualu ‘ia ai. A pau ia ninau aku a ia ninau aku me ka ho‘oponopono pualu ‘ia o na pepa a pau, ‘o ia ka ke kumu a‘o i ho‘oponopono a ho‘opaku‘iku‘i aku ai no ka puke ‘o Ka Mooolelo Hawaii.

 

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