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Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary [Hawaiian] [Paperback]

Kahikahealani Wight , Robin Yoko Racoma

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Book Description

15 Jan 2006
This pocket dictionary is an ideal resource for beginning speakers and students of the Hawaiian language and for anyone interested in Hawaiian language, history, and culture. Its outstanding features include: over 5,000 entries in Hawaiian and English; an additional 2,500 synonyms and related words and phrases; grammar notes, line drawings illustrating elements of Hawaiian culture as well as everyday objects; and thousands of example sentences in both Hawaiian and English that illustrate practical and cultural uses of the language.

Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bess Press Incorporated, U.S.; Pocket edition edition (15 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573062391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573062398
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,758,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great fun. . . . [A book] you can flip through and truly enjoy." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kahikahealani Wight teaches beginning-level Hawaiian language at Kapi'olani Community College. Robin Yoko Racoma is a graphic designer and illustrator for the Kamehameha Schools.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DEFINITIVE Hawaiian book! 18 April 2006
By Fast Forward - Published on
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THIS IS A FUN BOOK! I've been teaching myself Hawaiian for 3 years (you'll find my Amazon reviews for the books I used) and have at times been frustrated with the very limited scope of each resource.

This book has ERADICATED my frustration! It's truly an answer to my prayers.


UPSIDE: Here's a list:

1. The Hawaiian-English section uses a Hawaiian-cultural standpoint as basis.

2. The English-Hawaiian section uses a Western-cultural standpoint as basis.

3. There are over 5,000 entries in Hawaiian and English.

4. Most of the words are used in actual, modern sentences.

5. There are literally thousands of such useful sentences.

6. Words with multiple meanings are explained.

7. Every type of sentence structure is here.

8. There are wonderful line drawings.

9. A lot of the sentences are colorful: "While she was driving, her tears fell."

10. A lot of the sentences are topical: "The Hawaiian race has known the pain of injustice".

11. There are 448 pages.

12. It's pocket-sized.

13. It makes Hawaiian an accessible, flexible and LIVING language.

14. All this for only $9.95.

If you're learning Hawaiian and have gotten through the elementals, this book will take you upward and onward, and you'll have a lot of fun in the process! I've been reading mine daily, and I never fail to find something useful, interesting and fun. I wish I could give this book 20 stars.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrated dictionary 1 Dec 2008
By Carissa - Published on
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This dictionary with simple, clear illustrations is an essential componenet to any understanding of Hawaiian words and language. Especially geared for beginners and children, this dictionary covers alot of ground. While not being too technical or cumbersome, it is an enjoyable book to use.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic 20 Feb 2009
By A - Published on
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I first purchased this Hawaiian-English dictionary but soon realized I needed the more complete dictionary (by Pukui/Elbert which is twice the price but worth it).

If you are just "dabbling" in the Hawaiian language, this concise dictionary might be enough for you. There are 2,500 entries (vs 26,000 in the Pukui/Elbert edition). And "illustrated" just means there's a few line-drawn black/white 1 x 1 inch pics scattered throughout the book.

Again, this is probably a good basic dictionary, 448 pages, 4 x 7 inch in size, for someone just wanting to check out basic words. To really get into the language, however, I encourage you to spend more to definitely get more! (Be sure to order the most up-to-date dictionary, as words are being added with every newer edition.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 18 Nov 2013
By Graybeard - Published on
This is a neat little bilingual dictionary by a Hawaiian language instructor at the Hilo campus of the University of Hawai'i, with illustrations by a graphic designer and illustrator for Kamehameha Schools. The spelling of Hawaiian words follows current conventions. The illustrations are helpful, with many showing Hawaiian cultural artifacts, plants, animals and geological features that people outside of Hawai'i may not be familiar with. Where Hawaiian words have multiple meanings, those meanings are shown and usage examples are provided. Loanwords in Hawaiian also are included. This is a wonderful dictionary that nicely complements the older, monumental work by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Elbert.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The PERFECT Hawai'ian/English-English/Hawai'ian Dictionary! 10 Dec 2011
By miki101.Michaela - Published on
Hello Friends and Lovers of the Hawaiian Islands and Language!

As I wrote in my recent reviews about Instant Immersion Hawaiian Express, the Hawaiian: A Language Map (Language Maps) and Hawaiian Alphabet (Island Alphabet Books), You can't learn anything about a foreign language without the the right tools.

This time I tell You about a fantastic dictionary!
This book, 18/10/3 cm, weight less than 500 grams, is essential for a person who really wants to learn the basics of the Hawaiian language.
Especially when it comes to travel and weight, You leave at home Your fantastic big Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian, and take with You this 200 pages minor - but!!! illustrated book.

I was very happy to have this handy pocket edition with me, especially when it came to the names of certain very special items of the Hawaiian Culture.

OK - I have to admit that there is an other very helpful dictionary, but pictures there You won't find - it's the Pukui: New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary, a real pocket edition of the Pukui big dictionary I mentioned above.

So if You want a bit of Hawaiian culture designed, take this.
It will be realy admired by Your local friends - and often asked "Hey Brah, gimme dat kine"... to never see it again!
Try it out to believe!
Mahalo and Aloha!!
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