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Voices of FireReweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hi iaka$
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ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679218

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679218.001.0001

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Mai Kahiki Mai ka Wahine, ‘o Pele (From Kahiki Came the Woman, Pele)

Mai Kahiki Mai ka Wahine, ‘o Pele (From Kahiki Came the Woman, Pele)

Historicizing the Pele and Hi‘iaka Mo‘olelo (p.2)

(p.1) Mokuna / Chapter 1 Mai Kahiki Mai ka Wahine, ‘o Pele (From Kahiki Came the Woman, Pele)
Voices of Fire

ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the transformation of oral tradition to written literature, providing a larger historical and political context for the publication of Pele and Hiʻiaka moʻolelo. A synopsis of the literature is provided to help familiarize readers with the narrative. Cultural concepts expressed metaphorically, ground the literary analysis within the parameters of Hawaiian epistemology.

Keywords:   indigenous literary nationalism, indigenous literature, native literary studies, Hawaiian literature, folklore

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