Hawaiians Were Gourmets When It Came to Fish
By CLARICE TAYLOR
The Hawaiian pitied the white man as an uncultivated person when he first saw the white man eating fish.
The white man discarded the portions of the fish which the Hawaiians considered delicacies—such as the head, the eyes, the entrails, the skin and the little dark portions next to the bone.
Then, too, the white man only ate cooked fish. He had no idea of the choice flavor of fresh fish eaten immediately after taking it from the water.
All this and much more is told in a new publication, Native Use of Fish in Hawaii by Margaret Titcomb, librarian, and Mary Kawena Pukui, associate in Hawaiian Culture at Bishop Museum.
Published in N. Z.
Native Uses of Fish in Hawaii is a supplement to the Journal of Polynesian Society and was published by the Society in New Zealand.
The books will soon be on sale at the Bishop Museum Bookshop.
Although Native Uses of Fish in Hawaii is a scientific publication, its text is easy to read for the layman and contains much fascinating material on how the Hawaiian at fish, his major source of protein. Continue reading
TO PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE NAMES OF VARIOUS SEA CREATURES AND THEIR DESCRIPTIONS
Here below is a list of names of some Hawaiian sea creatures that are written down in a book of names of the Kamehameha Museum.
The director of the Museum wrote that if some of our oldsters can write down the names and descriptions of the fishes.
That director wrote that he will pay the cost of one year’s subscription to the newspaper Ka Hoku o Hawaii, if he receives some fish names and a description of them, like if it is long, or striped, and so forth.
Here below is a list of names of some fishes sent in by Mrs. Mary Kawena Pukui and Mrs. Makalika Titcomb [Margaret Titcomb]. Continue reading
Speaking of cool things I have seen recently, did you guys see/hear this? Click on the image of Mary Kawena Pukui below.
Still photo taken from a film by Vivienne Mader, ca. 1930. Image number SCP 103645. Bishop Museum Archives.
Click the link below for the blog post I referred to in the Kapiolani mele post earlier today. Check out the Mary Kawena Pukui translation for the Mokumanu oki!
ADDING TO MRS. LAHILAHI WEBB’S STORY OF WAIPAHU
Editor The Advertiser:
May I add a little to Lahilahi Webb’s story of Waipahu.
On Tuesday Miss Titcomb took Lahilahi Webb and me to interview Mrs. Kapeka Baker, one of the two remaining old timers of that locality. Continue reading
All About Hawaii
By Clarice B. Taylor
RETRIBUTION IS DEALT KO’IHALA
The ohia log, destined to be carved into a god for the heiau at Makanau, was partially raised up the temple walls with the assistance of the High Chief Ko’ihala.
The priests in charge of the work had persuaded Ko’ihala to exert his mana (spiritual power) by placing his hands upon the log as the men on the upper heiau wall pulled up on the lines attached to the log.
THE LOG STALLS
When the log had been raised to a distance just above the chief’s head, it seemed to be stalled again. The chief had stepped back to survey the work.
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The priest turned to Ko’ihala and urged him to step under the log and press his hands up against it as the men pulled on the lines.
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Ko’ihala complied with the request.
At a signal from the priest, the men hauled the log up a foot or so and then let it drop on their chief. Continue reading