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Hawaiian Folk Tales A Collection of Native Legends   By: (1842-1932)

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Hawaiian Folk Tales is a mesmerizing collection of ancient legends and myths, delicately curated by Thomas G. Thrum. This literary treasure offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Hawaii, through folklore that has been passed down through generations.

Thrum's deep understanding and respect for Hawaiian oral traditions shine through in this collection. Each tale is beautifully narrated, transporting readers to a time when ancient gods, mystical creatures, and heroic figures roamed the islands. The author wonderfully captures the essence of these legends, allowing readers to connect with the spirit of old Hawaii.

One of the remarkable aspects of this collection is the diversity of tales it presents. From love stories to tales of adventure and mystery, each account provides a unique perspective on the island's folklore. The wide range of characters, from the mischievous Menehune to the powerful goddess Pele, showcases the vibrant mythology woven into the fabric of Hawaiian culture.

Thrum's storytelling prowess is evident in his vivid descriptions and captivating dialogue. The tales come to life through his elegant prose, enabling readers to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Hawaiian folklore. While staying true to the essence of the original tales, Thrum also finds a perfect balance by adding his own narrative flair, making this collection accessible and engaging to readers of all backgrounds.

Additionally, Thrum includes explanatory notes throughout the book, providing invaluable context and cultural insights. These annotations not only enrich the understanding of the stories but also educate readers about the historical and societal significance behind each tale. It is evident that Thrum’s dedication to preserving the authenticity of these legends goes beyond mere storytelling; he is deeply committed to sharing the wisdom and beauty that lies within them.

Hawaiian Folk Tales is a testament to the enduring power of storytelling. Through these tales, readers are invited to embark on a magical journey, where ancient mythology blends seamlessly with the mystique of the Hawaiian islands. This collection serves as a gateway into the heart and soul of Hawaiian culture, reminding us of the importance of preserving and celebrating the traditions that shape our identities.

In conclusion, Thomas G. Thrum's Hawaiian Folk Tales is a remarkable anthology that breathes life into the legends and folklore of Hawaii. With its enchanting narratives, explanatory notes, and undeniable passion, this book is an essential read for anyone captivated by the magic of ancient storytelling and the vibrant culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

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Hawaiian Folk Tales

A Collection of Native Legends

Compiled by

Thos. G. Thrum

With sixteen illustrations from photographs

Chicago A. C. McClurg & Co. 1907

Copyright, 1907 By A. C. McClurg & Co.

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England Published March 1, 1907

The Lakeside Press R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company Chicago


It is becoming more and more a matter of regret that a larger amount of systematic effort was not established in early years for the gathering and preservation of the folk lore of the Hawaiians. The world is under lasting obligations to the late Judge Fornander, and to Dr. Rae before him, for their painstaking efforts to gather the history of this people and trace their origin and migrations; but Fornander's work only has seen the light, Dr. Rae's manuscript having been accidentally destroyed by fire.

The early attempts of Dibble and Pogue to gather history from Hawaiians themselves have preserved to native and foreign readers much that would probably otherwise have been lost... Continue reading book >>

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