Bishop Museum Press
Arts and Crafts of Hawaii stands alone as the definitive work on Hawaiian material culture. Sir Peter H. Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa), director of Bishop Museum from 1936 until his death in 1951, divided Hawaiian material culture into 13 major groupings, each meticulously detailed and well illustrated. Buck guides the reader through every major element of Hawaiian life, providing descriptions of traditional objects, methods of construction, and traditional use. As a testimony of Buck’s scholarship and attention to detail, many descriptions are specific enough to allow modern artisans to recreate these works.