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A Cairn of Stories: Establishing a Foundation of Hawaiian Literature

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dc.contributor.authorho‘omanawanui, ku‘ualoha-
dc.description.abstract“What is mo‘olelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian literature)?” This essay seeks to answer this and related questions. It articulates a foundation of mo‘olelo Hawai‘i in the twenty-first century as constructed from a long, rich history of oral tradition, performance, and writing, in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language), ‘ōlelo Pelekānia (English), and ‘ōlelo pa‘i‘ai (Hawai‘i Creole English, HCE, or “pidgin”). This essay maps the mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy) of mo‘olelo Hawai‘i in its current form as a contemporized (post-eighteenth century) cultural practice resulting from the longer-standing tradition of haku (composing, including strictly oral compositions) and kākau (imprinting, writing). Beginning in the 1830s, kākau and pa‘i (printing) were composed from ‘ike Hawai‘i (Hawaiian knowledge) passed down mai ka pō mai (from the ancient past), reflecting innovations in the recording and transmission of ‘ike Hawai‘i, including mo‘olelo (narratives, stories, histories).en_US
dc.format.extent50 pagesen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPalapala;Volume 1-
dc.titleA Cairn of Stories: Establishing a Foundation of Hawaiian Literatureen_US
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