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The Water of Kāne and Other Legends of the Hawaiian Islands

The Water of Kāne and Other Legends of the Hawaiian Islands

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Mary Kawena Pukui is a preeminent Hawaiian author, translator, chantor, kumu hula, and songwriter. Born in Ka‘ū, Hawai‘i 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.


Oliver C. Kinney is a Hawai‘i-born illustrator, designer, and art director. He is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and studied advertising art and illustration at the Pratt Institute in New York. Kinney’s works have received honors and recognition in Hawai‘i and abroad.


“A wealth of legends from each island [that] tell of romance, battles, Hawaiian gods and goddesses, and the adventures of Hawaiian animals, including sharks and owls”

—Mahalo Air Islander


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