Lauka`ie`ie: A Hawaiian Legend Retold (English/ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi)


Robin Yoko Racoma
Kamehameha Publishing
Hardcover 32 pages

Nestled in the lush and fertile Waipi’o Valley, Pōkahi and Kaukini have everything they need …except a child. In this adaptation of a traditional Hawaiian story, the kind, hardworking couple is blessed with a special gift from Hina.

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This story is based on “Laukaieie” as found in Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-gods, collected and translated from Hawaiian by W.D. Westervelt. There is also another English version, “‘Ie’ie and Lehua,” found in Hawai’i Island Legends by Mary Kawena Puku’i. A Hawaiian language version of the story of Lauka’ie’ie was printed serially starting January 2, 1894 in the newspaper Ka Leo o ka Lahui.  It is entitled “He Moolelo Kaao Hawaii no Laukieie.”The same story was printed in another newspaper, Ka Oiaio, starting January 5, 1894.

The author/illustrator offers this adaptation with great respect for the land and people of Waipi’o.

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Weight 1.4 lbs

ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, English