Hawaiian Traditions and Practices for a Meaningful Life
by Annie Daly and Kainoa Daines
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 24 Oct 2022
Chronicle Books, Chronicle Prism
ALOHA (love) • 'ĀINA (land) • MO'OLELO (stories) • 'OHANA (family)
DISCOVER FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF HAWAIIAN LIVING FOR A PEACEFUL AND BALANCED LIFE.
More than just a beautiful paradise, Hawai'i has a rich culture, deeply rooted in tradition. Native Hawaiian and cultural expert Kainoa Daines has spent many years teaching visitors to the islands about this time-honored wisdom, and now he has teamed up with journalist Annie Daly to share that knowledge with you. Island Wisdom is an inspirational and rewarding journey through traditional Hawaiian teachings that have stood the test of time, from how to be pono (live a balanced life) every day, to how to mālama 'āina (preserve and protect the land). Filled with the voices and guidance of Hawaiian elders, regional folklore, and ancient teachings—plus gorgeous local photography and illustrations throughout—Island Wisdom is a celebration of Hawaiian culture, language, and values that will give you a deeper understanding, appreciation, and respect for Hawai'i and the Hawaiian way of life.
- Fans of the New York Times bestseller The Little Book of Hygge
- Travelers who have visited or are thinking of visiting Hawai'i
- Readers curious to learn about Hawaiian culture and language
- Anyone seeking a more thoughtful and balanced life
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 21 members
Island Wisdom is a wonderfully curated book about all the tidbits and cultural practices from Hawaiian culture!
I adored this book. It's full of rich descriptions, wonderful art and infographics, and information about the cultural nuances of the islands and peoples. The interviews scattered through this book are fantastic, placed at just the right moment to help add context to words and concepts.
One of my favorite aspects is how this book is split up! It presents the four concepts at the beginning (Aloha, 'Āina, Mo'olelo, and 'Ohana) and then proceeds to take the reader on a journey through them. I particularly loved the inclusion of the myths and legends in these sections and photos of the people who live on the island.
This would make an absolutely wonderful coffee table book for fans of the Book of Hygge and other collections that take an in-depth look at the cornerstones that make up people groups. I can already think of a few people in my personal life that would be thrilled to receive a copy!
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review!
I really enjoyed reading this book! It was very informative and uplifting, and it really helped me understand things better.
Hawaii, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, but also one of the most misunderstood. Dailey and Daines explore rich traditional Hawaiian wisdom and knowledge.Teaching respect for the natural world and Hawaiian culture, this book teaches readers that these beautiful islands are so much more than a vacation paradise
Island wisdom is one great read to explore a culture that really immerses in the island way. There so much that this book offers that makes it not only a great coffee table book to have but one to share with those that want to learn more about these beautiful islands.
What a lovely book that takes us through traditional Hawaiian teachings and also aims to correct harmful myths about the culture. Packed with information, and stories from other Native Hawaiians. Beautiful pictures, and a thorough dive into what the meaning of "Aloha" means.
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC, very enjoyable!
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful book about Native Hawaiian traditions and practices.
The book is broken down by different words and sentiments and what they mean to peoples lives. This is a great book sharing the stories, experiences, and knowledge of Hawaiian Native peoples and highlighting the diversity in this knowledge. There's lots of helpful information about life perspectives and traditions that have maintained the islands and their culture.
A great read!
This is a beautiful book full of Hawaiian wisdom, legends, symbolism, history and photographs. There are also recipes and native crafts such a lei-making. It will make a fantastic gift for anyone who has ever been to—or who wants to visit—Hawaii.
Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
A beautiful glimpse into Hawaiian traditions and culture. I enjoyed this immensely! Very educational and informative.
I have been fascinated with Hawaii since I was a child and I first saw a hula. The elegant way of storytelling captured my heart, so beautiful and graceful. I am deeply grateful that Kainoa agreed to do this book. The wisdom of Hawaiian culture is essential in life, many of these ideas are things we have forgotten. This book will help you find your balance and purpose, help you learn Hawaiian patience and spirit of Aloha. Everyone needs to read Island Wisdom. Mahalo, Kainoa and Annie.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me review this book. I thought this was a great read about understanding Hawaiian culture better and how it’s good to just stop and resented yourself. The pictures were a great touch as was the meanings of words.
I got this book at the perfect time, one of our family members just got stationed out in Hawaii and I will be getting this book for him to read. I really enjoyed the way the beauty of the culture was explained and how there are so many misconceptions with island culture do to media and others watering down this amazing culture. If you have any interest in Hawaiian culture, read this book!
This was such a soothing and informative read. As an American, it saddens me that I knew so little about native Hawaiian culture before reading this book. There is so much depth and beauty that is completely lost on so many outsiders. Not only was this book informative and eye-opening, it also provides some wonderful takeaways from Hawaiian culture that anyone could (and should) incorporate into their own life. The cherry on top was the beautiful photos of Hawaiian elders and expects, as well as the gorgeous natural scenes of the islands.
This book was enjoyable and inspiring. I really learned a lot about the island way and will be taking some of these practices into my daily life.
Thank you Netgalley and Chronicle Books, Chronicle Prism for the ARC.
I adore Hawaiian culture. Beautiful pictures and beautifully written about the Hawaiian culture. 🌺 Definitely recommended to learn about Hawaiian life or enjoy the culture.