BISHOP MUSEUM PRESS GOES DIGITAL WITH E-BOOK PUBLICATIONS
HONOLULU — Five of the most historically important and popular books by Bishop Museum Press are now available as e-books. Titles available for the Kindle, iPad and Nook e-readers include Folktales of Hawai‘i, collected and translated by Mary Kawena Pukui with Laura Green; Ka Po‘e Kahiko: The People of Old, Works of the People of Old, and Tales and Traditions of the People of Old by Samuel Kamakau; and A Legendary Tradition of Kamapua‘a, the Hawaiian Pig-God by Lilikalā Kame‘eleihiwa.
An additional ten titles will become available over the next few months including Hawaiian Antiquities by David Malo; ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings, collected and translated by Mary Kawena Pukui; Arts and Crafts of Hawaii; Native Planters in Old Hawaii; Native Land and Foreign Desires; Kepelino's Traditions of Hawaii; Fragments of Hawaiian History; Ancient Sites of O‘ahu; Mai Pa‘a I Ka Leo: Historical Voice in Primary Hawaiian Materials, Looking Forward and Listening Back; and the Amy Greenwell Garden Ethnobotanical Guide to Native Hawaiian Plants.
“We’re excited to begin offering our titles in digital format,” says Press Director Ron Cox. “E-books provide another means for extending our reach, offering added convenience, and engaging new readers in the rich legacy of storytelling and sharing knowledge that remain at the heart of the museum’s mission.”
The e-books retail for $9.99 and are available on Amazon.com (for Kindle), Barnes&Noble.com (for Nook), and Apple's iBookstore/iTunes (for iPad).
Ka Poe Kahiko: The People of Old by Samuel M. Kamakau
The Works of the People of Old: Na Hana a ka Poe Kahiko by Samuel M. Kamakau
Tales and Traditions of the People of Old: Na Moolelo a ka Poe Kahiko by Samuel M. Kamakau
Publicity photos of these books are available at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvS4JUZ.
This digitization project was funded in part by the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program, a program of the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service.
About Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 400,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please visit www.bishopmuseum.org .