Book I of the Hawaiian Language Reprint Series Ke Kupu Hou
Second printing 2015/328 pages.
ISBN 978-0-945048-05-3 (paper); 978-0-945048-06-0 (cloth)
Created as a gift to honor King Kalākaua, this is the only book of Hawaiian poetic compositions published during the Hawaiian monarchy period. This privately published collection of forty-eight chants was a commemorative gift to the king at the elaborate two-week celebration held to mark his fiftieth birthday in 1886. Only seven copies of the original are known to exist today including one copy at the Hawaiian Historical Society Library. This facsimile reprint of the 1886 Honolulu publication is the first in the Society’s Hawaiian Language Reprint Series. The limited clothbound collector’s edition is bound in midnight blue cloth with silver foil stamping on the front and spine.
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