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Publisher's Summary

Be ready to immerse yourself into the myths and long forgotten stories of the Hawaiian people.

The traditional name of the Hawaiian people is Kānaka Maoli. Hawaii was settled at least 800 years ago with the voyage of Polynesians from the Society Islands. They have a rich and colorful culture as well as vibrant stories which emerged from the volcanoes and planted their roots to inspire their descendants for generations.

This audiobook will cover some of the most interesting legends as well as geological facts about the volcanoes which give an interesting perspective as to how those stories were formed. In Hawaiian religion, Pele, goddess of volcanoes, is credited with controlling the lava flows of Kilauea. Known for her strength and enviousness, Pele was descended from Papa and Wakea, the ancient Earth Mother and Sky Father. To illustrate her importance, the author includes stories from history and notes on geology.

Sneak peek of chapters inside:

Part One - Legends

  1. Ai Laau, The Forest Eater
  2. How Pele Came to Hawaii
  3. Pele and the Owl Ghost-God
  4. The Hills Of Pele
  5. Pele and the Chiefs Of Puna
  6. Pele's Tree
  7. Pele and Kaha-Wali
  8. Pele and Kama-Puaa
  9. Pele and the Snow-Goddess
  10. Genealogy Of The Pele Family
  11. Pele's Long Sleep
  12. Hopoe, the Dancing Stone
  13. Hiiaka's Battle With Demons
  14. How Hiiaka Found Wahine-Omao
  15. Hiiaka Catching a Ghost
  16. Hiiaka and the Seacoast Kupuas
  17. Lohiau
  18. The Annihilation of Keoua's Army
  19. Destruction of Kamehameha's Fish-Ponds
  20. Kapiolani and Pele

Part Two - Geological Facts

  1. The Crack in the Floor of The Pacific
  2. Hawaiian Volcanoes
  3. Volcanic Activity
  4. Changes in Kilauea Crater
  5. Foundation of the Observatory

About the author:

William Drake Westervelt has written many books as well as magazines covering the history, legends and mythology of Hawaii. Rev. William D. Westervelt was born on December 26, 1849 in Oberlin, Ohio. His interest in Hawaiian mythology was an avocation that led to numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many reprinted in his several collections. A century after its publication, this book is still a great reference to Hawaiian mythology.

Indulge yourself and give this audiobook a listen! Close your eyes while the narrator guides you through a time of erupting volcanoes and the birth of Pele and her great legends as the creator of the Hawaiian islands!

Public Domain (P)2022 Chronos Publishing

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Hawaiian Legends and a Bit of History

This is a very interesting set of stories. The first portion is all Pele stories but there's quite a bit on the Ghost gods and a variety of other interesting gods, goddesses and other creatures and some interesting historical information including details on the establishment of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Interesting.informative and well presented.

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If you enjoy mythologies this book is for you

Before listening to this title, I knew very little about Hawaiian mythology. This book provides an interesting look at the stories surrounding volcanos and Hawaiian culture. The narrator can definitely make or ruin an audiobook and personally, I really liked Jim D. Johnston, his narration didn't distract from the stories at all. If you like mythology then you will want to try this audiobook.

I received this book for free at my request and chose to leave a review because I enjoyed the book.

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Geology

The stories were interesting but I never really got into the book. The last third was more about the geology and history of the land than the mythology. I thought this part was written in a more intriguing manner. I personally found the narrator difficult to understand in parts.

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Hawaiian legends and geological facts

I enjoyed listening to this compilation of Hawaiian mythology, legends, and information about the Hawaiian volcanoes.

William D. Westervelt presented the stories in a logical way. It was very obvious to me that he has a very detailed knowledge of the history of Hawaii and it was wonderful to experience the stories.

Jim D. Johnson did a great job with the narration. He has a very matter of fact way of narrating and I did enjoy it.

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Interesting stories

I have always been a big fan of mythology so it was a lot of fun hearing mythologies of a people that I don’t know much about. The stories shed some light on the current cultural situation. The narration was expertly performed and helped bring the stories to life.