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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherBishop Museum Press
File size2.7 Mb
Release date 02.11.2007
Pages count206
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Kepelino, like native Hawaiian historians Malo, Kamakau, and Papa I'i, worked in the mid-19th century to record Hawaiian historical, cultural, and religious knowledge for future generations. Born around 1830 to Kanekapolei, a daughter of Kamehameha, and Namiki, a descendant of the priestly lineage of Pa'ao, he received a Catholic education and was actively engaged in wri ting for the Catholic press during his youth.

Like his contemporaries, he wrote during a time of great intellectual ferment among native Hawaiians, creating the bulk of his work between 1860 and 1870. It was in 1868 that Kepelino produced the text, "Mo'olelo Hawai'i", what we now refer to as Kepelino's Traditions of Hawai'i. In 1874, he was caught in the power struggle between dowager Queen Emma and David Kalakaua. He was charged with treason, serving almost two years in prison until he received a full pardon on September 23, 1876.He died soon after in 1878.

Kepelino's Traditions of Hawai'i was or iginally published in 1932; this new edition includes the original Hawaiian and English text edited by Martha Beckwith, along with notes by Mary Kawena Pukui and a new foreword by contemporary native Hawaiian scholar Noelani Arista.

About the Editor

Martha Warren Beckwith, noted ethnographer and folklorist, was an honorary research associate in Hawaiian folklore at Bishop Museum. She was actively engaged in translating and editing the Hawaiian manuscripts of Kepelino, Kamakau , and other Hawaiian writers that emerged during the Hawaiian Monarchy period.

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