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Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore. Vol. 6

By Abraham Fornander

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Title: Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore. Vol. 6  
Author: Abraham Fornander
Volume: 6
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Drama and Literature, Hawaiian Culture
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Publisher: Bishop Museum Press
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center


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Fornander, B. A. (1919). Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-Lore. Vol. 6. Retrieved from

This third series of the Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Folklore, in its varied character, presents valuable features for antiquarian and ethnic students of Polynesia in general and Hawaii in particular. The papers included in Part I, mostly the result of S. N. Haleole’s researches in the work and workings of the Sorcery priesthood, is a revelation of the power and influence of that body over the Hawaiian race in all their vocations, and through his connections with members of the order he may be said to have written with a clear knowledge of his subject. The opening paper on Religious Ceremonies of the Temple came to the collection from Dr. W. D. Alexander, as the contribution of Kamakau, of Kaawaloa, an eminent authority in his day, a noiau (skilled in such matters), and reputed to have been a chanter of Kame-hameha’s court. Part II. embraces historic studies and fragmentary notes of Judge Fornander, selected from his miscellaneous papers, as affording an insight into his line of research work, hence, has little of the original Hawaiian and translation feature of the other parts. Part III. is devoted entirely to chants of various kinds. These are almost wholly from the collection of Judge L. Andrews, whose ripe Hawaiian scholarship is seen in uncompleted translations and notes found in the collection. The “Hani ka Lani” prophecy which was brought to light by Judge Andrews in the sixties arid published in part has recently been found to be entitled to three more cantos. This chant is now beílieved to be complete, and appears here for the first time in translated form. Besides this, the chants comprise eulogies, lamentations, name songs, prayers, love songs and other meles?a valuable collection rescued from oblivion.

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Table of Contents
Preface -- 1 -- Concerning Ancient Religious Ceremonies -- 2 -- Various Heathen Prayers -- 46 -- Concerning the Construction of the Heiau -- 52 -- History of the Hawaiian Priesthood Called the Order of Sorcery -- 56 -- History of the Hawaiian Priesthood in Olden Time Called Hoomanamana -- 66 -- Explanatory Remarks—History of the Sorcery Priesthood—Divisions and Ordinances—Sacrifice Services of the Student—Divination— Praying to Death—Divination Relating to Houses—Divining Omens by the Clouds—Foreítelling the Weather—The Healing Priests— Canoe Dreams—Adverse Signs—the Rainbow and the Rain—The Excrements—Bananas— The Mud-Hen—Auguries in Relation to Kings —The Massage Priest—the Hoounauna Priest —The Hookomokomo Priest—the Makani Priest—The Love-Inducing Priest—The One-oneihonua—Signs Pertaining to Fishermen— Occupation of Farmers—Dreams—Auguries Relating to the Priesthood—Moles—Favorable Birth Months—Auguries of the Canoe-Hewing Priests—Spear Hurling—Bone Breaking Trading as Related to Agriculture—Ceremonial Functions of the Priesthood—Method of Building the Temple—Some Famous Priests -- An Account of Cultivation -- 160 -- Dry Planting—Wet Planting—The Potato—The Banana—Sugar-Cane—The Water Melon—The Calabash and Water-Gourd—Corn—The Pie Melon—Names of Different Plants—Men Noted in AgricultureAll Account of Fishing -- 172 -- Shore Fishing—Fishing from Canoe—Night FishingRelating to AmusementsChapterKilu—Ume—Puheneheixe—The Sled—The Runner—Pahee—Olohu— Swinging -- 192 -- Boxing—The Long God—Bathing by Jumpíing—Kite Flying—Surf-Riding—Dancing—Ko-nane—Cat's Cradle—The Puzzle—Game of Koi —Arrow-Slinging—Cock-Fighting -- 202 -- Source and Migration of the Polynesian Race -- 222 -- Traditional Hawaiian History -- 239 -- Hawaiian Origins: Comparative Traditions Viti—Fiji—New Zealand—Tonga Islands— Marquesas: -- 258 -- Legend of Hawaii-Loa -- 266 -- The Story of Kahahana -- 282 -- A Lamentation for Kahahana -- 292 -- Notes on a Lamentation for Kahahana -- 299 -- On Hawaiian Rank -- 307 -- Chronological List -- 312 -- Events in Hawaiian History -- 317 -- Traditional and Genealogical Notes -- 318 -- Birthplace and Interment Localities of Celebrities -- 319 -- Hawaiian Genealogy -- 324 -- Notes on the Polynesian Calendar -- 330 -- Hawaiian and Samoan Calendar—Days of Months —Names of Months—Hours of the Day—The words: Daily, Month, Year—Names of Stars in Hawaiian—Points of the CompassCreation Myths -- 335 -- Traditionary Voyages -- 338 -- On the word Amama -- 340 -- Philological and Miscellaneous Notes -- 341 -- Story of Hiiakaikapoliopele—Extracts from Story of Keanini—Some Kauai terms with equivaílentsThings similar in India, etc, and Polynesia -- 347 -- The Numerical System, comparative -- 355A Wakes Creation Chant by Kaleikualhulu -- 360 -- A Prayer. -- 507 -- Born Was the Island -- 363 -- An Ancient Prayer -- 508 -- Old Creation Chant (incomplete) -- 363 -- Prayer to Lono (prose translation) -- 510 -- Primary Gods and Creations. -- 364 -- A Prayer -- 510 -- The Fall of Kumtuhonua and His Wife -- 366 -- A Song of Jesus -- 511 -- The Flood -- 366 -- The Holy Bible, by Kanui -- -- 512 -- Fallen is the Chief -- 368 -- The Ignorant, by Paalua— -- 514 -- Name Song for Kihapiilani by Kaanakahelei -- 411 -- The Ignorant, by Kauwahi . -- 515 -- An Elegy to His Soul, by Naiu -- 416 -- The Name of Kamapaaa -- 516 -- Evening Song -- 418 -- Kamapuaa's Prayer (a fragment). -- 520 -- A Lamentation for Kalaiulumoka -- -- 422 -- Puna Spread with Fertility -- 520 -- A Lamentation for Lono-opio, by Pelekaia -- 424 -- Beautiful is Waialeale -- 521 -- A Lamentation lor Keawekalohe -- 426 -- Koolau Wind of Wailua -- 522 -- A Lamentation for Pe'ape'a -- 427 -- A. Loving Dirge for L. L. Ua. -- 524 -- In Praise of Liliolibo -- 430 -- Lamentation for Lahainaluna -- 527 -- A Lament for Liliolibo -- 435 -- A Loving Song for the Seminary -- 529 -- A Farewell to Harriet Nahienaeaa. by Kini -- 438 -- A Song for Lahainaluna -- 530 -- Nahienaena -- 444 -- A Song, by Kamakea -- 531 -- A Lamentation for Young KaabtanKom, by Naiu -- 451 -- A Song of Lahainaluna, by Kiaikai -- 532 -- Kaomuaiii. bv Kapaekokui -- 481 -- Lahainaluna Seminary, by Paalua -- 533 -- Kualii -- 457 -- A Lamentation, by Kaauepaa -- 533 -- Keawenuiumi -- 460 -- Lunalilo -- 534 -- Kameharsneha -- 470 -- Beautiful Land of Hawaii, by Nuuann -- 535 -- Kaumualii -- 474 -- In Heaven is Poloula, by Kalai of Kona -- 535 -- A Name for W. P. Leleiohoku -- 484 -- Hakaleleponi -- 536 -- Song to Kauike


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