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5 Misconceptions About Hawaiʻi Literature

Misty Sanico | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Misty Sanico

The poet Muriel Rukeyser memorably said, "The universe is made of stories, not atoms." We remember things better in the context of an entertaining tale because the human brain has evolved around the sharing of stories. For the ancient Hawaiians, stories were essential to their way of life. History, genealogy, and social values were all passed down through strong oral tradition.