New releases by Hawaii authors

"Ka Ho'oilina -- The Legacy"
edited by Luna Ho'oponopono (Alu Like, Kamehameha Schools Press, University of Hawaii Press, $144 for a four-issue subscription)

"Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits"
by Caren Loebel-Fried (University of Hawaii Press, $16.95)

Reviewed by Burl Burlingame

"Ka Ho'oilina -- The Legacy"
This scholarly journal was created to examine and reformat classic Hawaiian works, and is presented in an interesting, four-column format -- the first is the source text in the original Hawaiian; the second is also in Hawaiian, but with modern spelling, pronunciation characters and punctuation; the third is an English-language translation; the fourth column contains notes and observations. This means that a whole lot of material can't be covered in each volume, but what is covered is done with scholarly obsession. Subscriptions are expensive, but these works will be invaluable to certain educators.

"Hawaiian Legends of the Guardian Spirits"
Volcano artist Loebel-Fried, who both "retells" these tales and created the way-cool block prints that illustrate this handsome book, delves into the fascinating legends of Hawaiian 'aumakua, or creatures who watch over us.

I have a friend who believes her 'aumakua is a dirty gray Jeep Cherokee, so these tales are timely in the modern world as well.

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