Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tahitian-English Dictionary

Tahitian- English / English-Tahitian Dictionary published by Leonard Clairmont.

I had been looking for an Tahitian Dictionary for a few years and this one just fell into my lap. A friend who I buy many of my Polynesian records from just gave it to me, but he was unaware of my quest for it.

This is a very slim volume and by no means comprehensive. I assume it was aimed at the tourist to Tahiti in the 1960's but probably not super useful.

The table of contents covers the basics

It does have some nice photos though


And does include some phrases you might need.


And now I can say toilet in Tahitian! Fare iti

Monday, July 4, 2016

Secrets of Diamond Head by Denby Fawcett

Secrets of Diamond Head by Denby Fawcett. 2015

Diamond Head, what could be a more iconic representation of Hawaii? If you go to Oahu you fly over it, you can see it from anywhere on Waikiki Beach and cheesy books have been written about it.

Though the Secrets of Diamond Head by no means is a cheesy book. It is actually pretty wonderful if you want to know the history and see some really great historical images of Diamond Head through advertising and photos.

In addition, it contains a trail guide that is annotated, how the crater was created and history of Hawaiian and the military presence on Diamond Head. The chapter I found most interesting was about saving Diamond Head. It is a miracle that there isn't a luxury hotel or a condo on the slopes of Diamond Head but that is due to the energy many have fought to make sure that doesn't happen.

If you have never hiked Diamond Head here are a few tips:

  • Get there early! Like 7am early or else it is too crowded and too hot
  • Bring water
  • Wear comfy shoes and clothes
  • If you go on a Saturday, visit the nearby KCC farmers market. So much good food and drink there.

You can pick up this book thru the University Of Hawaii Press site.

July 2015, sitting on the balcony of my hotel, getting ready to read this classic.


View from Diamond Head
View from diamond head