Books and Publishers

Kumuwaiwai: Books for Students, Educators, and Parents


Academic Works   

Kimura, Larry. Native Hawaiian Study Commission Minority Report. Washington D. C.: U. S. Department of the Interior, Volume I, 1983. 173–203, 214–23.

Losch, Ku’uipo, and Momi Kamahele, eds. Hawai’i: Center of the Pacific: Hawaiian Studies 1078 Reader. 2nd ed. Acton, MA: Compley Custom Textbooks, 2008. (.pdf)

Silva, Noenoe. Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism. Durham: Duke U P, 2004.

Books for Children   

Alamedia, Roy Kākulu.  Stories of Old Hawai’i: Na Mo’olelo Hawai’i O Ka Wā Kahiko.  Honolulu: Bess Press, 1997.
Ali’i Series. Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub. Available in both Hawaiian and English. Titles include

  • ‘O Kamehameha Nui by Julie Stewart Williams, trans. Hana Pau.
  • ‘O Kamehameha III: Kauikeaouli by Jean Iwata Cachola, trans. Ipo Wong.
  • ‘O Kamehameha IV: Alexander Liholiho by Ruby Hasegawa Lowe, trans. Laiana Wong.
  • ‘O Lunalilo by Peter Galuteria, trans. Hana Pau.
  • ‘O Kawika Kalākaua by Ruby Hasegawa Lowe, trans. Kamakēnealoha Hopkins
  • ‘O Lili’uokalani by Ruby Hasegawa Lowe, trans. Kamoa’elehua Walker.
  • Ke Kamali’iwahine Bernice Pauahi Bishop by Julie Stewart Williams, trans. Kamoa’elehua Walker.

Cachola, Jean Iwata.  Kamehameha III: Kauikeaouli.  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 1995.

Honda, Liana Iaea. Board Books (ages 0 – 3)  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub. Titles include

  • Ko’u Lima: My Hands (with Puni Kukahiko)
  • Ko’u Wāwae: My Feet  Honolulu, Kamehameha Pub.

Ikuwa, Robert Lono. Mohala Mai ‘O Hau: How Hau became Hau’ula. Honolulu: Kamehameha Publishing, 2010.

Kane, Herb Kawainui.  Pele Goddess of Hawai’i’s Volcanoes.  Captain Cook, HI: Kawainui Press, 1987.

Kawai’ae’a, Kekauleleanae’ole. Kohala to Kuamo’o: Nae’ole’s Race to Save a King. Honolulu: Kamehameha Publishing, 2010.

Lucas, Ka’ohua. Board books (ages 0 – 3) Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub. Titles include:

  • ‘Eha Ko’u ‘Ōpū!: My ‘Ōpū Hurts!  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 2008.
  • I Kahakai: At the Kahakai.  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 2008.
  • Ka Pana Pa Hale: Backyard Jam. Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 2008.
  • Ma Kou Lu’au: At My Lu’au. Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 2008.
  • Na Wai Lā? Who Ate It?  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 2008.
  • Nou Kēia? Is this Yours?  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub.

Gods and Legends

Kame’eleihiwa, Lilikalā K.  He Mo’olelo Ka’ao O Kamapua’a: A Legendary Tradition of Kamapua’a The Hawaiian Pig-God.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1996.

Kanahele, Pualani Kanaka’ole. Ka Honua Ola: ‘Eli’eli Kau Mai / The Living Earth: Descend, Deepen the Revelation. Honolulu: Kamehameha Publishing, 2011.

Puku’i, Mary Kawena, ed.  Tales of the Menehune. Rev. ed.  Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 1985.

—, ed.  Folktales of Hawai’i: He Mau Ka’ao Hawai’i.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1995.

Hawaiian Language

Pūku’i, Mary Kawena.  Ōlelo No’eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1983.

History

Allen, Helena G.  The Betrayal of Lili`uokalani.  Honolulu: Mutual Pub, 1982.

‘I’i, John Papa.  Fragments of Hawaiian History. Trans. Mary Kawena Pūku’i.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1959.

Lili`uokalani.  Hawai`i’s Story by Hawai`i’s Queen. Honolulu: Mutual Pub, 2009. Originally published in 1898

Minton, Nalani, and Noenoe K. Silva, eds.  Kū`ē: The Hui Aloha `Āina Anti-Annexation Petitions 1897 – 1898.  Published by the authors, 1998.

Nogelmeier, M. Puakea.  Mai Pa’a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Hawaiian Primary Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 2010.

Issues – Land, Water, Politics

Silva, Noenoe K.  Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Van Dyke, Jon M.  Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai’i?  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i, 2008.

Issues – Native Hawaiian Education

Benham, Maenette Kape’ahiokalani Ah Nee, ed.  Indigenous Educational Models for Contemporary Practice: In Our Mother’s Voice.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Assoc. Pub, 2000.

Benham, Maenette Kape’ahiokalani Ah Nee, and Ronald Heck.  Culture and Educational Policy in Hawai’i: The Silencing of Native Voices.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Assoc. Pub, 1998.

Mitchell, Donald Kilolani.  Resource Units in Hawaiian Culture.  Rev. ed. Honolulu: Kamehameha Pub, 1992.

Music and Musicians

Elbert, Samuel H., and Noelani Mahoe, eds.  Na Mele O Hawai’i Nei: 101 Hawaiian Songs.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1970.

Kanahele, George, ed.  Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1979.

Smith, Barbara Barnard, ed.  The Queen’s Songbook.  Honolulu: Hui Hānau, 1999.

Wilcox, Carol, et al, eds.  He Mele Aloha: A Hawaiian Songbook.  Honolulu: ‘Oli’oli Productions, 2003.

Nature – Birds

Wilson, Scott, and Sheila Buff. Frohawk’s Birds of Hawai’i. Secaucus, NJ: Wellfleet Press, 1989.

Plants – Lei, Medicinal

Bornhurst, Heidi Leiānuenue.  Growing Native Hawaiian Plants: A How-To Guide for the Gardener.  Rev. ed. Honolulu: Bess Press, 2008.

Gutmanis, June.  Kahuna La’au Lapa’au: The Practice of Hawaiian Medicine.  Honolulu: Island Heritage, 1992.

McDonald, Marie A.  Na Lei: The Lei of Hawai’i.  Kailua, HI: Press Pacifica, 1989.

University of Hawai’i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.  Growing Plants for Hawaiian Lei.  Hong Kong: Prolong Press, 2002.

Traditional Arts

Allen, Tricia.  Tattoo Traditions of Hawai`i.  Honolulu: Mutual Pub, 2005.

Paglinawan, Richard K. et al.  Lua: Art of the Hawaiian Warrior.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 2006.

Traditional Cultural Practices

Chun, Malcolm Nāea.  Ka Wana Series, Pihana Nā Mamo Native Hawaiian education program. Honolulu: Curriculum Research and Development Group, University of Hawai’i, 2006. Titles include:

  • Alaka’i: Traditional Leadership
  • A’o: Educational Traditions
  • Hewa: The Wrong Way of Living
  • Ho’ohonohono: Traditional Ways of Cultural Management
  • Ho’omana: Understanding the Sacred and Spiritual
  • Ho’oponopono: Traditional Ways of Healing to Make Things Right Again
  • Kākāōlelo: Traditions of Oratory and Speech Making
  • Kapu: Gender Roles
  • Ola: Traditional Concepts of Health and Healing
  • Pono: The Way of Living
  • Welina: Traditional and Contemporary Ways of Welcome and Hospitality

Chun, Malcolm Nāea.  No Na Mamo: Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian Beliefs and Practice.  Ka Wana Series, Pihana Nā Mamo Native Hawaiian education program. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012.

Malo, David.  Hawaiian Antiquities.  Trans. Nathaniel B. Emerson. Honolulu: Bess Press: 1987. Originally published in 1903.

Pūku’i, Mary Kawena, E.W. Haertig, and Catherine A. Lee.  Nana I Ke Kumu. Vols. 1 and 2.  Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1972 and 1979.


Publishing Companies

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