An integral part of Hawaiian mythology is the stories of the gods, myths, and legends that have existed since the first settlers from Polynesia landed on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
In this guide to the best books on Hawaiian mythology, the title of each book is linked directly to the page on Amazon.com, where you can purchase the book. You may also wish to check such sources as Half.com for even better prices on some of these books, which were printed several years ago.
Artist-historian Herb Kawainui Kane explores how ancient Polynesian explorers found the Hawaiian Islands, the most remote in Earth's largest sea. Describes how they navigated, how they viewed themselves and their universe, and the arts, crafts, and values by which they survived and prospered without metals or the fuels and inventions believed necessary for life today.
The mystical practice of Huna evolved in isolation on Hawaii, and its ideas are profound yet elegantly simple. The ancient Hawaiians valued words, prayer, their gods, the sacred, the breath, a loving spirit, family ties, the elements of nature, and mana - the vital life force. This book presents Huna as both a venerated, ancient philosophy and a magnificently modern guide to spiritual living.
James Michener's excellent introduction to Hawaii's history through expert and very accurate storytelling by one of America's favorite authors.
Scott Cunningham takes us on a mystical trip into paradise. His book is concise, clearly written, and categorized neatly into three sections, explaining the connections between the deities, people, myth, religion, magic, and land. The book also includes a Hawaiian glossary and Hawaiian lunar calendar.
Margaret Beckwith's classic work of folklore and ethnology and one of the definitive treatments of Hawaiian mythology and religion.
The enchanting beauty of ancient Hawaii gave birth to a culture unmatched in its modes of spiritual expression. Hawaiian Religion and Magic thoroughly examines this native culture's incredibly rich beliefs from a sociological and historical viewpoint.
The Kumulipo is a verse, a genealogy recited through time by Hawaiians. It is the chant that honors Creation. Life is explained in the most basic terms, from the start of time. This book is the best narrative account on the subject. Edited by Martha W. Beckwith.
Originally published in 1915, this book provides an abundance of attractive nature myths and a cycle of legends recounting the exploits of the wonder-working demigod Maui. Lovers of legendary lore may feast upon this collection of traditional tales of the Hawaiian people. The ancient Hawaiians were of an imaginative turn of mind, and their traditions abound in tales of gods and goblins.
Providing a unique insight into his culture, King David Kalakaua and editor Glen Grant, provide an extensive collection of the legends and myths of old Hawaii.
Emma M. Nakuina looks at the traditional stories of Nanaue and other shark spirits, or 'aumakua.' Included is an essay by Martha W. Beckwith on shark worship and shark gods.
Renowned Hawaiian artist and writer Herb Kawainui Kane presents lore associated with that impetuous and unpredictable, yet gentle and loving personality, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, Pele.
Pila of Hawaii will take you on a journey through time and captivate your soul with the life-transforming power that the islands' sacred sites, folklore, and myths bring to those who are willing to seek it. Whether you are planning a trip to this tropical paradise or are searching for greater insights into your own spirit, The Secrets and Mysteries of Hawaii will open you to a world of exquisite beauty and power.