Lauka'ie'ie: A Hawaiian Legend Retold Robin Yoko Racoma
Nestled in the lush and fertile Waipi'o Valley, Pokahi and Kaukini have everything they need except a child. In this adaptation of a traditional Hawaiian story, the kind, hardworking but childless couple is blessed with a special gift from Hina.
This story is based on 'Lau-ka-ieie', as found in Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost Gods, collected and translated from Hawaiian by W.D. Westervelt. There is also another English version, 'Ie'ie and Lehua', found in Hawaii Island Legends by Mary Kawena Pukui. Hawaiian language versions of this story were also printed serially in the Hawaiian newspapers: Ka Leo o ka Lahui and Ka Oiaio during the late 1890's. The author/illustrator offers this adaptation with great respect for the land and people of Waipi'o.
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