"This classic, award-winning book provides a comprehensive description of Hawaiian traditions of plant use...
La`au Hawai`i is a detailed illustration of the inextricable connection between the tools, crafts,
and artforms of that culture and the natural environment on which they are based."
"A comprehensive description of Hawaiian traditions of plant use. Initial chapters outline the biological,
environmental, historical, and religious factors affecting the Hawaiian use of plants.
Includes information on plants used for food, clothing, shelter, cordage, canoes, tools,
and medicine. Excellent resource, many years in the writing." ...
"Topics include not only food but clothing, cordage, shelter, canoes, tools, housewares,
medicines, religious objects, weaponry, personal adornment, and recreation.
Although her story is mainly of the past, Abbott looks forward as well, arguing that current efforts
to revive Hawaiian culture depend heavily on protection of traditional plants
and perpetuation of ancient knowledge about their cultivation and use."
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