New releases from Hawaii authors
"Lua: Art of the Hawaiian Warrior"
By Richard Paglinwan, Mitchell Eli, Moses Kalauokalani, Jerry Walker
(Bishop Museum Press, $19.95)
This first-rate paperback contains excellent photographs and finely rendered illustrations of ancient Hawaiian warriors and their weaponry. "Lua" is one of Bishop Museum's best publications in many years, complemented by rich color photographs of re-enactors posing with the various clubs, spears and shark-toothed swords that were typical of the types of personal defense weapons used by Hawaiian warriors hundreds of years ago.
"Ka Oihana Lawaia: Hawaiian Fishing Traditions"
By Daniel Kahaulelio, translated by Mary Kawena Pukui, edited by M. Puakea Nogelmeier
(Bishop Museum Press, $16.95)
The dust jacket of this hardcover edition states that it is "perhaps the most detailed narrative pertaining to fishing customs, sources of fish and methods of procurement." Judging by the text inside the book, this claim might well be true. This narrative first appeared in 1902 as a series of articles in the Hawaiian-language newspaper, Ka Nupepa Kuakoa. Included in the book are many black-and-white photographs from as long ago as the 19th century.