From the Mountains to the Sea: Early Hawaiian Life
By Julie Stewart Williams Illustrated by Robin Yoko Racoma
Winner of the 1997 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Children’s Books
Though written for younger readers, older children and adults will also find this book on life in early Hawai‘i an engaging and informative read. Structured around the ahupua‘a, a land division that commonly ran from “the mountains to the sea,” this book describes the political structure, religion, recreation, family life, and various occupations open to the men and women of those days. Readers acquire a snapshot of how ancient Hawaiians worked and lived together to form a cohesive self-sustaining society rich in culture, respectful of its traditions, and environmentally aware.