Hawai‘i Island Legends: Pele, Pīkoi and others

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ISBN: 9780873362436

Here are the heroes, gods, and goddesses of Hawaiʻi at their most powerful and colorful—but here are also their stories of a cowrie shell, a banana skin, a hidden island, and ordinary people who experienced extraordinary events.



Mary Kawena Pukui is a preeminent Hawaiian author, translator, chantor, kumu hula, and songwriter. Born in Ka‘ū, Hawaiʻi in 1895, Pukui spend her childhood with her Hawaiian grandmother, absorbing the language, lore, and lifestyle of her people. Pukui co-authored the Hawaiian dictionary and more than 20 other publications. She is the sole author of ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings.

Caroline Curtis is a noted storyteller and author of many children’s books on Hawaiian subjects. Born in Adrian, Michigan, Curtis studied under folklorist Martha Warren Beckwith and later taught Hawaiian culture at Hanahau‘oli School and Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu.


Don Robinson was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu. His artwork has been featured in local galleries, and his illustrations have appeared in numerous children’s books. Hawai‘i Island Legends was the winner of the 1996 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in illustration.


paperback   |   233 pages   |   6" x 8.75"   |   B&W