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A Cairn of Stories: Establishing a Foundation of Hawaiian Literature

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Title:A Cairn of Stories: Establishing a Foundation of Hawaiian Literature
Authors:hoʻomanawanui, kuʻualoha
Date Issued:2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi Press
Series:Palapala;Volume 1
Abstract:“What is moʻolelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian literature)?” This essay seeks to answer this and related questions. It articulates a foundation of moʻolelo Hawaiʻi in the twenty-first century as constructed from a long, rich history of oral tradition, performance, and writing, in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), ʻōlelo Pelekānia (English), and ʻōlelo paʻiʻai (Hawaiʻi Creole English, HCE, or “pidgin”). This essay maps the moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) of moʻolelo Hawaiʻi 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 paʻi (printing) were composed from ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian knowledge) passed down mai ka pō mai (from the ancient past), reflecting innovations in the recording and transmission of ʻike Hawaiʻi, including moʻolelo (narratives, stories, histories).
Pages/Duration:50 pages
Appears in Collections: Palapala Volume 1 (2017)

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