Hawaiian Folklore, 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hawaiian Folklore
1971 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet
Collection Number
Tom Alderman was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection does not include a project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Superstition and popular belief
Having a spirit for everything, e.g., Madame Pele, Kamehallehas
Seeing Madame Pele during volcanic activity
Pele's power to rule destiny
Sacrificing a virgin to the volcanoes
Pele appearing as an old lady dressed in white
The burial caves
The burial grounds: the Heiaus
Use of kahunas as intermediaries between newcomers and the spirits
The Menehunes
Picking Lehua causes mist
Having a god an "Akua", for everything, sharks, eels, etc
Belief about the fish with the red stripe (was once a prince)
The sleeping giant
Most explanations for natural geological formations go back to some form of royalty
Pele, a transciption of "Pere", another South Pacific Island
The Pakalana flower, the flower of rain
Belief about not taking pork over the pali
Belief that whirlwinds are dead kahunas
Belief that the Hawaiian islands were once brothers
Belief about "The Chinaman's Hat"
Sprinkling own property with saki to avoid a lava flow
Folk speech
Origin of pidgin English
"Pele' s Hair"
Memorates (mostly supernatural)
An account of action of a personal akua (guardian angel)
Pele using the volcano to wipe out an enemy army
An account of trying to photograph Pele
Pele as the vanishing hitchiker
An account of a driver getting retribution for not picking up a hitchiker
Material folklore
Using coconut shells full of water to catch reflection of North Star as navigation devices in canoes
The ritual of picking maile

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • folk beliefs
  • folk speech
  • Hawaiians
  • indigenous peoples
  • material culture
  • Personal narratives
  • ritual
  • superstitions
  • Personal Names :
  • Garduque, Ted
  • Nasser, Ken
  • Geographical Names :
  • Honolulu (Hawaii)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project