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Legends and Myths of Hawaii, The
by Kalakaua | Literature & Fiction
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 10/6/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, October 13, 2012

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Here we go again: I never know what category to put legends, folklore & myths under. "Literature & Fiction" doesn't seem very respectful, but religion & spirituality is not a great fit either.

This book was compiled by King Kalākaua* during a period when literacy in the Hawaiian Kingdom was very high (even though Hawaiian had only been a written language for 70 years or so). At the time, he was living in the state residence he'd built, ‘Iolani Palace.

Here's another copy on my shelf.

* His name was David Kalākaua, but as king he simply used "Kalākaua".

Normally I'm lazy & don't use diacritical marks when typing Hawaiian words, just the 12 letters...but my former bosses would be unhappy with me if I left them off the name of the palace, the king and the queen, so in this case I'm trying to be conscientious about it. They may not show up properly on your browser. Some vowels should have a macron (kahakō) over them, and some vowels should have a "single open quote mark" (ʻokina) between them - similar to a number 6 with the circle filled in. If you're interested, there's more info here.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (10/20/2012 UTC) at Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii USA


This book was released on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of the author, King Kalākaua. This special place in the history of Hawai‘i has been beautifully restored to the period when Kalākaua and later his sister Queen Lili‘uokalani lived there.

In this photo (from Wikimedia commons) the windows on the upper right that look blocked off are for the room where Lili‘uokalani was imprisoned after the overthrow of the monarchy...and in fiction it was Steve McGarrett's office on the original Hawaii Five-O TV series.

Security would *not* approve of my leaving a book inside (certainly not on the furniture) or even on the steps..and I didn't want to leave it anywhere where it would be confused with something from the gift shop, so I left it on a bench outside where perhaps someone waiting for a tour could find it. Release photo here.

This release is Team Battleship's turn 15 "Castles & Palaces" release for Vekiki's 2012 Monopoly game, and it also qualifies for GoryDetails's 2012 Chills and Spills Read and Release Challenge and DragonGoddess's Tick Tock challenge.


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