Monday, March 28, 2016

The epic tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele

In an effort to raise the awareness of the Hawaiian indigenous literary tradition, the Awaiaulu Literature Project has donated “The Epic Tale of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele,” a dual Hawaiian/English language set, to libraries in every state and continent around the world.

Project director Puakea Nogelmeier’s goal was to make resources on Hawai‘i — which were dense in content and beautiful in form — available to everyone. He accomplishes this through his captivating narration and profound cultural knowledge highlighting Hi‘iaka’s role as a healer, a source of inspiration, and icon of the hula traditions. This set embodies the classic stories, chants and dances of Pele, Hi‘iaka, Kane and Ku. 

You can view these dual Hawaiian/English language sets at HPU Libraries.

To learn more about this amazing literary initiative, check out: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser story (subscription required) and Awaiaulu's site

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