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Plants of Old Hawaii

Plants of Old Hawaii

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Plants of Old Hawaii is a book about the 20 major plants Hawaiians brought with them from the South Pacific around AD 450 when they settled the Hawaiian Islands.

The book includes illustrations by Joan Flemming of each plant and its flower and fruit, as well as plant descriptions, habitats, uses, legends, and proverbs. A peom about each plant and its uses by Julie Williams, a classroom teacher at the Kamehameha Schools, enhances the factual information provided by the author and will delight the reader.


Plants of Old Hawaii grew out of Lois Lucas’s many years of teaching Hawaiian culture, history and botany, and the planning and cultivation of the Hawaiian Garden at Punahou, as well as her acquaintance with Beatrice Krauss of the Lyon Arboretum.


“Everything from Arrowroot to Yam is here, detailing 20 plants brought from the South Pacific to Hawaii circa 450 AD. It contains graphic illustrations plus plant descriptions, habitats, uses, legends, and a poem about each... An excellent teaching aid, it is a great Hawaiiana resource for adult readers.”

—Kona Views


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