Na Inoa Hoku: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names, revised edition
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284pp. August 2015
Na Inoa Hoku: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names, revised edition
Author: Johnson, Rubellite; Mahelona, John; Ruggles, Clive;
In 1975, Hawaiian scholars Rubellite Kawena Johnson and John Kaipo Mahelona published Nā Inoa Hōkū, a Catalogue of Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names. Though long out of print, Nā Inoa Hōkū is still widely regarded as a definitive source of reference for anyone interested in the use of astronomy in Polynesian voyaging or the nature and development of ritual and calendrical practices throughout the Pacific.

Working together with British archaeoastronomer Clive Ruggles, the authors have extensively revised and extended the catalogues and transformed the discussion of their wider context and significance, resulting in a much stronger focus upon the rich historical legacy of the Hawaiian Islands themselves.

This new edition of Nā Inoa Hōkū is completely overhauled, vastly expanded, and includes new translation of many key primary Hawaiian sources from the mid-nineteenth century onwards.

5 illustrations, 10 diagrams
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Author: Johnson, Rubellite; Mahelona, John; Ruggles, Clive;
Rubellite Kawena Johnson is Professor Emerita of Hawaiian Language and Literature at the University of Hawai‘i. Ruby was born and raised in Kaua‘i and spent much of her early adult life traveling the Pacific with her family before joining the University of Hawai‘i’s Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages in 1967. Her publications include Kumulipo, the Hawaiian Hymn of Creation (1981) and The Kumulipo Mind: a Global Heritage (2000). A greatly respected scholar and advocate for Hawaiian culture, she was honored in 1983 as a “Living Treasure of Hawai‘i”.

John Kaipo Mahelona, a former student of Ruby’s, has a BA in Asian Studies and an MA in Pacific Island Studies. He speaks several languages, Pacific and European, in addition to Hawaiian. John currently teaches at the Academia Language School in Honolulu.

Clive Ruggles is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. His many academic publications on cultural astronomy include the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (2014), for which he was editor-in-chief. Clive is also a leading figure in UNESCO’s initiative with the International Astronomical Union to recognize, protect and promote the world’s astronomical heritage sites.




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