Could someone tell me about good books about Hawaiian mythology?

I've been really interested in it for a long time but I have no idea where to ask for advice or whom to believe.

  • Hawaiian Mythology, the book, sounds interesting...
    – bleh
    May 3, 2016 at 0:48
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    Possible duplicate of What are good sources to introduce people to mythology?
    – user62
    May 3, 2016 at 1:33
  • Thanks for the book @bleh (although was it really necessary to edit that capital letter? xd), and a couple of sources from that post look interesting, but there's almost nothing specifically about Hawaii and it's all mostly online. I want as many reliable books about that subject and only that one if possible, please.
    – SIA
    May 3, 2016 at 20:50

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As mentions by @bleh in a comment, Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Warren Beckwith (1940) seems like a good start.

In the references section of this book you will find a large amount of books/scholarly articles on polynesian and hawaiian mythology. Among the hawaiian references, some names of scholars pop up frequently: those of Joseph S. Emerson and Nathaniel B. Emerson (sons of a missionary), but also Mary Kawena Pukui and Laura Green.

The page on the website sacred-texts.com on Pacific mythologies contains also several other works, in addition to 'Hawaiian Mythology', by Martha W. Beckwith and by W. D. Westervelt.

The works of these few scholars should already cover a significant portion of the subject, I think.

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