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Place Names of Hawaii

Mary Kawena Pukui Samuel H. Elbert



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University of Hawai'i Press
30 December 1976
Place names & gazetteers
How many place names are there in the Hawaiian Islands? Even a rough estimate is impossible. Hawaiians named taro patches, rocks, trees, canoe landings, resting places in the forests, and the tiniest spots where miraculous events are believed to have taken place. And place names are far from static--names are constantly being given to new houses and buildings, streets and towns, and old names are replaced by new ones.

It is essential, then, to record the names and the lore associated with them now, while Hawaiians are here to lend us their knowledge. And, whatever the fate of the Hawaiian language, the place names will endure. The first edition of Place Names of Hawaii contained only 1,125 entries. The coverage is expanded in the present edition to include about 4,000 entries, including names in English. Also, approximately 800 more names are included in this volume than appear in the second edition of the Atlas of Hawaii.
By:   Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel H. Elbert
Imprint:   University of Hawai'i Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   Revised ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   429g
ISBN:   9780824805241
ISBN 10:   0824805240
Pages:   310
Publication Date:   30 December 1976
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mary Kawena Pukui was a noted authority on the Hawaiian language. She had a long professional association with the Bernice P. Bishop Museum and translated many Hawaiian historical documents. She coauthored, with Samuel H. Elbert, the Hawaiian Dictionary and Place Names of Hawaii. Samuel H. Elbert, professor emeritus of Pacific languages and linguistics at the University of Hawaii, taught the Hawaiian language for many years and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the language today. He is author of the textbook Spoken Hawaiian and is co-author with Mary Pukui of Hawaiian Dictionary, and with Mary Pukui and Esther Mookini of Place Names of Hawaii.

Reviews for Place Names of Hawaii

Pukui and Elbert's work stands alone in American toponymic literature.-- <i>Language</i>

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