Donʻt Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New


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In Don’t Look Back: Hawaiian Myths Made New, editor Christine Thomas has collected 17 tales of old Hawaii—lovingly re-imagined and retold for the 21st century. Old meets new in this one-of-a-kind anthology, as Hawaii’s best writers—Maxine Hong Kingston, W.S. Merwin, Victoria Kneubuhl, Alan Brennert, the late Ian MacMillan and a dozen others including Thomas herself—present favorite myths and legends in surprising contemporary settings. Here, the reader finds Pele in therapy, Maui as a superhero, the cannibal king Oahu Nui in a world of shady deals and political corruption, the star-crossed naupaka lovers as Honolulu high-school sweethearts and other updated versions of Island legends.