Lono and the Magical Land Beneath the Sea

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Bishop Museum Press
Adapted and illustrated by Caren Loebel-Fried
Hardcover, 36 pp.

Based on Mary Kawena Pukui’s translation of “Moolelo Kahiko no Kumuhonua” from the Bishop Museum Archives, this story tells of how Lono, a Hawaiian fisherman, dives below the ocean waves to search for his missing fishhooks. Deep below the sea, at the foundation of the Earth, he instead discovers an enchanted land filled with abundant food plants. He gains the knowledge to grow these plants for the people of his island home.
Beautifully illustrated storybook with Loebel-Fried’’s signature wood block prints, this book also features ethnobotanical information on traditional Hawaiian food plants, as well as an afterword on Lono and the Makahiki season for readers of all ages.