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ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings

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Considered the finest compendium of traditional Hawaiian insight and lore handed down through generations of oral tradition . ‘Ōlelo No‘eau contains an astounding collection of more than 3,000 proverbial and poetical sayings, in both Hawaiian and English translation, that display the knowledge, compassion, foibles, humor, morality, and beliefs of the Hawaiian people.


As one of Hawai‘i’s most prominent and well-loved Hawaiian scholars, Mary Kawena Pukui is attributed with a legacy evidenced in the immense collection of translations, audio recordings, personal recollections and compilations of words, place names, sayings and stories of Hawai‘i that continue to inspire and educate to this day. It is through her varied works that Tutu Kawena continues to teach us about Hawai‘i’s culture, “what we have had here and lost, and what we still retain.”


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