The Publications


Awaiaulu offers 4 texts that represent the outcome of our translation training,
our research, or our collaborative work with others in the field.  Hiʻiakaikapoliopele 
was published by Awaiaulu Press, while the other books have been co-published
with Bishop Museum Press.  All are offered here at a flat-rate express mail rate of
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Mai Pa‘a i ka Leo: Historical Voice in Hawaiian Primary Materials - Looking Forward and Listening Back.

The huge cache of native-language writings in Hawai'i has been eclipsed for a century, with only a fraction incorporated into modern knowledge.  This book, by Puakea Nogelmeier, the Director of Awaiaulu, examines the hundred or more Hawaiian-language newspapers that were published from 1834-1948, highlighting how they developed as a national repository of knowledge and how they became obscured when English replaced Hawaiian as the the common language of the islands.



2 Pookela Awards


Ka Mo‘olelo O Hiʻiakaikapoliopele and The Epic Tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele

Two volumes, Hawaiian and English, of a grand tale about the youngest sister of the volcano goddess - the great quest through the island chain to bring Pele's lover back to their crater home in Kīlauea Caldera.  This saga was written by Hoʻoulumāhiehie as a serial account in the newspaper Ka Naʻi Aupuni in 1905-1906.  Translated by Puakea Nogelmeier in collaboration with Sahoa Fukushima and Kamaoli Kuwada, Hiʻiakaikapoliopele was the first product of the translation training established through Awaiaulu: Hawaiian Literature Project.


4 Pookela Awards

Hawaiian Picture Vocabulary

Learning Hawaiian is fun with this picture vocabulary book! Over 850 words to describe everyday items in the Hawaiian language are offered with simple pictures that children can color in and learn from. Translated by Ni'ihau native and Hokule'a captain Kawika Kapahulehua, children and adults alike will be able to develop their Hawaiian vocabulary with this excellent introductory to the language.


Ka ʻOihana Lawai‘a  - Hawaiian Fishing Traditions

KA 'OIHANA LAWAI'A is based on the knowledge and stories of the Hon. Daniel Kaha'ulelio, a Lahaina native who learned the arts of fishing from his father and grandfathers, and who went on to become a teacher, legislator, and lawyer, presiding as the Police Justice of Lahaina for the last two decades of his career. Kaha'ulelio's descriptions and vignettes of traditional fishing are translated by Mary Kawena Pukui, Hawai'is most noted cultural scholar and translator of the 20th century.




Ka Mo‘olelo o Kamehameha

From Ka Na‘i Aupuni, 1905-6, Joseph Moku‘ōhai Poepoe’s richly detailed account of the life of Kamehameha I, comparing many scholars’ records and adding his own insight and data.


Ke Kahua Kahiko

The conclusion to S. M. Kamakau’s serial history columns from Ka Nupepa Kuokoa and Ke Au Okoa, 1865-71.  Completing the series covered in "Ke Kumu Aupuni" and "Ke Aupuni Mō‘ī", this portion covers the chiefly lineages leading up to the birth of Kamehameha and presents descriptions of many Hawaiian practices and beliefs.


Ka Ho‘omana Kahiko

Essays by Lahainaluna scholars on topics including types of gods and spirits, religious rituals, and sacred practices.  Originally published in Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, 1865.


ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa was successfully completed on Nov. 28 2012, and the files are being loaded up onto the web for free access through the following websites.  Awaiaulu and the ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa team extend a sincere mahalo! to all of those who made this possible through their participation and support.  


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