Although many remnants of ancient Hawai‘i are accessible, often they are hidden, and few resources provide comprehensive interpretive information. In this easy-to-follow book, author Van James highlights the FEATURES, LEGENDS, AND ARCHAEOLOGY of 50 BIG ISLAND SITES. Each site description includes one or more photographs, directions, and a map for easy location. While the book is organized for touring the island’s sites region by region, cross-referenced lists make it easy to develop alternatives according to personal interest.
A PREFACE BY KUPUNA DANNY AKAKA AND AN INTRODUCTION BY THE LATE HAWAIIAN AUTHORITY EDWARD L. H. KANAHELE give the reader an understanding of the intimate connection Hawaiians feel to the land and its features. Further context for the site descriptions is given by Van James in chapters describing aspects of Hawaiian culture and five main types of sites: HEIAU (TEMPLES), PŌHAKU (SACRED STONES), PETROGLYPHS, CAVES, AND FISHPONDS. Tips on selected sites for visitors and cultural collections are also included. Sections on site preservation, Hawaiian pronunciation, and a glossary of Hawaiian terms round out the volume.