Polihale And Other Kaua‘i Legends by Frederick B. Wichman
Polihale And Other Kaua‘i Legends by Frederick B. Wichman
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Polihale And Other Kaua‘i Legends by Frederick B. Wichman

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Illustrated by Christine Fayé

This is Frederick Wichman's second collection of legends from the island of Kauaʻi. A companion volume to Kaua‘i TalesPolihale is rich in Hawaiian mythology and story-telling tradition. 

"The first duty of a storyteller was to entertain," writes Wichman. "They were the books, magazines, movies, and television of their day. There were professional genealogists and historians who kept exact records, so the storyteller was free to tell a story in his or her own way."

It is in the spirit of this storytelling tradition Wichman weaves these ancient tales of gods, ghosts, everyday people, and historical figures and events. his collection explores such things as how the sands of Nohili began to bark, or why the Spouting Horn roars, or why a half-flower grows at the beach and its matching half-flower grows in the mountains. Sometimes anecdotal in nature, sometimes historically significant, sometimes a celebration of myth and legend, Polihale is a joyful tribute to the great Hawaiian storytelling tradition.

 

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