The Legends and Myths of Hawaii by King David Kalakaua
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For many centuries, the occupants of the islands of Hawai'i had little—if any—contact with the greater world, allowing aspects of their culture to grow uninhibited by outside influence. Hawaii's last king, King David Kalakaua, assembled this compendium of folklore and myths in order to preserve the history of his people, and share with the world its richness and depth.
The Legends and Myths of Hawaii, though compelling on its own, is demonstrative of mythologies around the world having common origins and themes. But Legends and Myths stands out in a way few collections like it can: it celebrates its culture of origin, while simultaneously still being connected to it in a very real way.