Van James, an artist and writer, teaches at the Kula Hoomohala Pua-Honolulu Waldorf School. He is author of "Ancient Sites of Oahu" (Bishop Museum Press), for which he received a Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Guidebooks; "Ancient Sites of Hawaii" (Mutual Publishing); and "Spirit and Art: Picture of the Transformation of Consciousness" (Anthroposophic Press).
Ancient Sites of Maui: Archaeological Places of Interest in the Hawaiian Islandsby Van James
This informative and easy-to-follow guidebook puts the ancient sites of Maui, Moloka'i, and Läna'i within the reach of the general public for the first time. Grouping the sites by location, Ancient Sites characterizes the cultural background of five main types of sites: heiau (temples), pöhaku (sacred stones), petroglyphs, caves, and fishponds.
An introduction by Kahu Kapiiohookalani Lyons Naone, Hawaiian culture authority and kahuna lapa'au (medical practitioner) from Maui, describes the Hawaiian relationship to and the spiritual significance of place, thus setting an appropriate context for a visit to ancient sites.
Author Van James describes the legends and the traditional and recent history as well as the archaeology of thirty-two different ancient sites. Each description is highlighted by a photograph, illustration, map and directions for easy location. Sections on visitor tips, museums and events, preservation, Hawaiian pronunciation, a glossary of Hawaiian words, and a bibliography are also included.
A must for visitors and kama'aina alike, this guidebook provides an introduction to cultural treasures little known or understood today.
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