Hawaiian myths and legends abound with such characters. They are traditionally described as monsters having the power of appearing in different kinds of bodies. They usually have cruel and vindictive characters and are ready to destroy and devour any persons they can catch. There are, however, many kupuas of kindly spirit who give watchful care to the members of their own families.
Many Hawaiian kupua are considered as gods having a double body, sometimes appearing as a man and sometimes being able to change shape, into an animal, vegetal, or mineral form. The latter form always possesses supernatural powers. (Quote from wikipedia.org)
About the Author
William Drake Westervelt (1849 - 1939)
William Drake Westervelt (b.Dec 26 1849 - d. Mar 9 1939) is the author of several books and magazines on Hawaiian history and legends. He drew upon the collections of David Malo, Samuel M. Kamakau, and Abraham Fornander to popularize Hawaiian folklore in his Legends of Maui (1910), Legends of Old Honolulu (1915), Legends of Gods and Ghost-Gods (1915), Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes (1916) and Hawaiian Historical Legends (1923).
Rev. William D. Westervelt was born in Oberlin, Ohio. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1871 with a B.A. degree, and from Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1874 with a B.D. degree. Pastor of churches in Cleveland, Ohio and Colorado, he settled in Hawaii in 1899, marrying a missionary descendant, Caroline D. Castle.
Westervelt's interest in Hawaiian folklore was an avocation that led to numerous magazine and newspaper articles, many reprinted in his several collections. He is noted as one of Hawaii's foremost authorities on island folklore in English language. His anthologies of Hawaiian myths, legends and folk tales ar
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Book Description BiblioBazaar, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0554103826
Book Description BiblioBazaar, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 214 pages. 8.75x5.75x0.49 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk0554103826