Local Stuff


Da Jesus Book

“Plenny peopo dat live in Hawaii like know bout Jesus. But fo find out who him fo real kine, befo time dey get only da English kine Bible fo read. Dat Bible use all kine hybolic language, not da kine language dat da regula peopo talk ery day. Dass why da translata guys wen make dis Bible for da local kine Pidgin language.”

“Get 29 local peopo dat talk Pidgin from small kid time dat translate um. Dey come from plenny diffren churches. From 1987 to 2020 some a dem work long time an oddas work short time. But all togedda dey make dis book fo da peopo dat talk Pidgin, fo erybody find out bout Jesus fo real kine.” (Booklines Hawaii)


Hawaii Pidgin Bible (Old and New Testaments)

Da Good and Spesho Book

“Had peopo from da Wycliffe Bible Translata guys dat help fo make shua eryting mean da same ting, jalike wat Moses, David, Isaiah, Matthew, Paul and odda peopo wen write firs time in da Hebrew, Aramaic, o Greek language, dat layta come da Bible. Da Wycliffe guys work togedda wit some a da pastor guys from da local churches, an wit odda peopo dat get seminary o spesho kine study. Da main translata guys talk Pidgin all da time, cuz dey know da bestes way fo say stuff fo all da local peopo undastan um.” (Booklines Hawaii)



Da Kine Dictionary

Lee Tonouchi, editor (2005)

A humorous and insightful listing of important Pidgin words. This dictionary was put together by Lee Tonouchi, da pidgin guerrilla guy who work Kapiolani College (get this!!!) as an English instructor.




Pidgin Grammar
An Introduction to the Creole Language of Hawaii

By Kent Sakoda and Jeff Siegel

This book describes the grammar and syntax of Hawaii Pidgin.  What many mistakenly believe to be a form of “broken” English or slang, is approached by the two linguists as a genuine language.



Eddie Would Go
The Story of Eddie Aikau

By Stuart Holmes-Graham (2001)

This is the story of Eddie Aikau’s life, but it is more than that. It is the story of the aloha spirit that makes the Hawaiian people special. The author describes how surfing and the building of the Hokulea canoe helped contribute to the renaissance of Hawaiian pride after years of being dominated by mainland culture.


Hawaii Pono: A Social History

By Lawrence Fuchs (1961)

A sociological classic. The book begins with the American takeover of the Hawaiian Islands in 1892. It then describes the making of Hawaii’s multicultural society dominated by a tiny haole Republican oligarchy. It concludes with the democratic revolution in the 1950s when the Hawaii government became a government of the people and by the people.