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Ka Honua Ola

In 2012, Ka Honua Ola brought home two awards from the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association —the award for excellence in Hawaiian language, culture, and history, and the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for book of the year.


“Ka Honua Ola” is a collection of 25 chants from the epic tale of Pele and Hi‘iaka. These mele reveal the richness of Hawaiian genealogy, migration, poetry, and hula. Through skillful interpretations and ancestral memory, Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele summons ancient wisdom and renews our profound connection to the living earth.

“A window into understanding the beauty, richness, nuance, and drama in the poetry and chants of the Pele story. An affirmation that our survival as a species is dependent on our connection to the natural world.” ~Catherine Tatge

“An inspired piece of scholarship that will join the “must-have” books in your library. Ka Honua Ola will be used over and over again by those seeking insight into the chants left to us by our kūpuna. E ola!” ~Hōkūlani Holt


Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, PhD
Hardcover, 179 pages
Kamehameha Publishing
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