Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hi'iaka

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Stories of the volcano goddess Pele and her youngest sister Hi'iaka, patron of hula, are most familiar as a form of literary colonialism--first translated by missionary descendants and others, then co-opted by Hollywood and the tourist industry. But far from quaint tales for amusement, the Pele and Hi'iaka literature published between the 1860s and 1930 carried coded political meaning for the Hawaiian people at a time of great upheaval. "Voices of Fire "recovers the lost and often-suppressed significance of this literature, ...

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