Hawaiian Heritage Plants / Edition 1

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Almost ninety percent of Hawai'i's native plants are found nowhere else in the world. Here is a revised and enlarged edition of a favorite reference for these and other plants (indigenous and pre-contact) that comprise some of the world's most unique ecosystems. In a series of essays, the author weaves cultural and biological, historical and geographic, aesthetic and spiritual aspects of Hawaiian ecology into non-technical accounts of 32 plants important to early Hawaiians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824819941
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Latitude 20 Book Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 792,188
  • Product dimensions: 7.27 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Approaching Hawai'i: The Carpeting of an Archipelago 1
Heritage Plant Accounts
'Awa, A Polynesian Tranquilizer 7
Bamboo ('ohe) 16
Banana (mai'a) 25
Ferns: 'Ama'u (Sadleria) 35
Ferns: Hapu'u (tree ferns) 41
Ferns: Maidenhair ('iwa'iwa) 47
Ferns: Uluhe (false staghorn) 52
Ginger, Wild ('awapuhi) 60
Hala (pandanus) 66
Hau, A Pacific-Wide Coastal Tree 73
Hibiscus: Red (koki'o 'ula) 80
Hibiscus: White (koki'o ke'oke'o) 86
'Ilima, A Notable Lei Flower 92
Koa, A Majestic Native Hardwood 98
Kukui (candlenut tree) 107
Lobelias (haha, 'oha wai), Hawaiian Botanical Treasures 117
Maile, A Fragrant Forest Vine 125
Mamane, A Native Flowering Tree 130
Morning Glory, Beach (pohuehue) 135
Naupaka, Beach 139
Noni (Indian mulberry) 145
'Ohelo, An Edible Alpine Berry 151
'Ohi'a lehua, A Sacred Forest Tree 156
Olona, A Native Fiber Shrub 165
Pua Kala (prickly poppy) 170
Pukiawe, A Colorful Alpine Bush 175
Sandalwood ('iliahi) 182
Silversword ('ahinahina) 193
Taro (kalo) 203
Ti (ki) 211
Wauke (paper mulberry) 219
Wiliwili (Hawaiian coral tree) 225
Further Reading 231
Index 233
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