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Andrade, Carlos (2009) Hā‘ena: Through the Eyes of the Ancestors. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.

Barrére, Dorothy B., Mary Kawena Pukui, and Marion Kelly (2000) Hula: Historical Perspectives Pacific Anthropological Records Number 30. Honolulu, Hawai‘i : Bishop Museum Press, 2000.

Charlot, John (1998) "Pele and Hiiaka: the Hawaiian-language newspaper series" Anthropos, v. 93 (1998): 55-75. In this article, Charlot discusses the different Hawaiian-language versions of the story, and remarks that the one by William Hyde Rice is the one most clearly rooted in Kaua‘i tradition. Rice's version is said to focus more on events at Kaua‘i and local place names than the others.

Emerson, Nathaniel B. (1997) Pele and Hiiaka : a myth from Hawaii. Most recently published: Honolulu : ‘Ai Pohaku Press, 1997. This text was originally published by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1915, and was reprinted in 1978 by AMS Press.

Kekahuna, Henry E. (1959) Map and Text on Ka Ulu a Paoa Heiau, Kauai Historical Society, October 4.

Kelly, Marion (1984) Pele and Hi‘iaka visit the sites at Ke‘e, Hā‘ena, island of Kaua‘i" (Bishop Museum publications in education; 1) Honolulu, Hawai‘i : Bishop Museum Press.

Krauss, Beatrice H. (1993) Plants in Hawaiian Culture, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press .

Poepoe, Joseph M. (1908, 1911) Ka Mo‘olelo Ka‘ao o Hi‘iakaiakpoliopele, Ku‘oko‘a Home Rula, Ianuari &endash. Collected and copied by Laian Wong ca. 1991. With further work by Noenoe Silva and others, Spring 1994.

Pukui, Mary Kawena (1983) ‘Olelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press.

Silva, Carol (1995) Historical and Cultural Report: Hā‘ena State Park, Halele‘a, Kaua‘i, State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks.

Varez, Dietrich and Pua Kanaka`ole Kanahele (1991) Pele: The Fire Goddess. This is available from the Bishop Museum Press. It is described as "A simple, powerful, and authentic telling of the ancient myth of Pele, fire-goddess of Kilauea volcano. The story is richly illustrated with Varez's magnificent block prints."


Except where noted otherwise, all images in this section are by RDK Herman, Pacific Worlds.


A synopsis of the Pele-Hi‘iaka story is drawn in part from the website of Halau O Kekuhi Go here to learn more about this ongoing hula tradition.

Bishop Museum's Hawaii Ethnobotoany Database:



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