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HuihuiNavigating Art and Literature in the Pacific$
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Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838959

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.001.0001

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Ka Li‘u o ka Pa‘akai (Well Seasoned with Salt)

Ka Li‘u o ka Pa‘akai (Well Seasoned with Salt)

Recognizing Literary Devices, Rhetorical Strategies, and Aesthetics in Kanaka Maoli Literature

(p.247) Chapter Twenty-One Ka Li‘u o ka Pa‘akai (Well Seasoned with Salt)

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University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines certain hallmarks of Hawaiian literature by focusing on mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy) as a key traditional meiwi that was adapted from oral traditions to ka palapala (literature). Drawing from Hiapo Perreira’s scholarship on Hawaiian oratory, the chapter explores literary devices, rhetorics, and aesthetics in various Hawaiian mele and Kanaka Maoli mo‘olelo (more specifically, non?ction writing) from the nineteenth century to the present. It analyzes a number of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi writings that highlight the importance of moʻokū‘auhau as a meiwi mo‘okalaleo that continues to be implemented in meaningful ways.

Keywords:   meiwi, Hawaiian literature, mo‘okū‘auhau, literary devices, rhetorics, aesthetics, mele, Kanaka Maoli, mo‘olelo, Kanaka ‘Ōiwi

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