Bishop Museum Press
Author: Hoʻoulumāhiehie, Edited: Hiapokeikikane Kichie Perreira
Hardcover, 435 pp.
Originally serialized in the Hawaiian language newspaper Kuokoa Home Rula from January 1909 to April 1910, this new edition of Ka Moolelo Hiwahiwa o Kawelo presents Hooulumahiehie’s text in modernized Hawaiian with notes and an introduction by Native Hawaiian scholar Hiapokekikane Kichie Perreira.
Hooulumahiehie’s telling of the Kawelo story is the longest and most comprehensively written in Hawaiian on this larger than life historical figure, from his exploits as a youngster to his battle for rule of the island of Kauai. Hooulumahiehie masterfully weaves haakoikoi (formal) and kauhale (informal) styles of language, utilizing oratorical expressions, exhaustive explanations, precise terminology, and conventional discourse-an addition to the corpus of Kawelo literature that is unparalleled in scope, depth, and literary artistry.