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The latest contribution of beloved artist Dietrich Varez to interpreting and illustrating stories from Hawaiian folklore is presented in 'Iwa, The Hawaiian Legend. When the fisherman Kea'au, renowned for catching octopus, finds two beautiful and rare red cowry shells he thinks they must be a gift from the goddess Hina.
After he fashions them into a lure, the octopus swarm to the magical shells and he gathers more than enough to feed his whole village. The bounty is short lived when chief 'Umi learns of the magical shell lure and demands to have it for himself.
Thus begins the tale of how the boy-thief, 'Iwa, who exhibits the same thieving traits as his namesake, the Great Frigatebird, is invited to the island of Hawai'i to retrieve the precious lure. There he encounters the high chief 'Umi, famous historical ruler of Hawai'i island, who puts 'Iwa's talents to the test.
The rich imagery of Hawai'i's diverse environment, its sea life, plants and animals is depicted alongside Varez's interpretation of the human aspect of this classic tale.
Petroglyph Press is proud to present this new, updated version of Practical Folk Medicine of Hawaii, by Likeke McBride. A reprint of a 1970s book, this version has been updated with color pictures of the plants, new botanical names, a new introduction by Dane Silva and an informative chapter on Hawaiian healing.
This year PETROGLYPH PRESS received an Honorable Mention for PRACTICAL FOLK MEDICINE OF HAWAII for Excellence in Text and Reference. We are so excited and grateful for the acknowledgement. Mahalo to the Hawaii Book Publishers Association.
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We are conveniently located in historic downtown Hilo at 160 Kamehameha Avenue, in the back of Basically Books. Contact us today and let our 50 years of experience help guide you in all your printing needs.