The Ancient Hawaiian House Volume 2, No. 3

The Ancient Hawaiian House Volume 2, No. 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...and had been duly paid with mats, kapa, coconuts, bananas, pigs, fish or such other portable property as he most desired or his client was best able to pay, and he seems to have allowed the man a respite until the work of building was complete when he again intervenes, as we shall see later on. The selection of timbers was nevertheless no haphazard choice. The old Hawaiians had a remarkable knowledge of trees and plants; they gave them names and exploited their useful qualities in a way that their descendants have wholly forgotten. They were not likely to pick out a tree that was not durable, and they had a building requirement that the posts and connecting rafters, forming with the ground a pentagon, should be, so far as each set went, of the same kind of wood; with this exception45 they were free to use any durable and otherwise suitable wood. The best houses, however, were generally built of naio (Myoporum sandwicense Gray), uhiuhi '"The tale of Paao and others was of self-banishment and sorrow at leaving home, but there is little repining in the land which gave them a refuge. 45 This arrangement must be followed or they would not be able to live quietly and comfortably in the house. Cases have been pointed out to me where this wise precaution had been neglected by the builder or his contractor, and the owner could not live in the house until the defect had been remedied. In cases where the kahuna had made a mistake in the location nothing but a complete removal of the unfortunate house would set things to rights with the gods or their legates the priests. I have been told of one house that had to be moved twice, the gods were so hard to suit. (Caesalftinia kauaiensis Mann), kauila Alphitonia excelsa Mann), mamane (Edwardsia...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236541278
  • 9781236541277