The original Hawaiian Legends Index was primarily the work of Mrs. Lillian Ching, who was a librarian in the Hawai‘i & Pacific Section of the Hawai‘i State Library. She began this project in 1950. Other librarians added to the index as new anthologies of legends were published. In 1989, a new edition of the index was published, edited by Dr. Masae Gotanda, then the Director of the Hawai‘i State Library.
This edition is a revision of the 1989 edition, adding over 1,000 new entries from twenty-six Hawaiian legend anthologies. The user is advised that there are many versions and reprints of some of the legend anthologies, and it is possible that page numbers may vary for different editions. Although every attempt was made to keep the index accurate, there may be typographical errors or inaccuracies that have escaped us during proofreading. Another thing to keep in mind is that while this is called the Hawaiian Legends Index, some legends from other parts of Polynesia are included.
Diacritical marks have been omitted from all index entries in order for them to sort properly in the program we used to create this list. The appearance of some titles have also been altered for sorting purposes. For example, "The Water of Kane" is entered as, "Water of Kane, (The)."
This index should be considered a tool to facilitate access to a large and diverse collection of myths and legends. No claim is made here for exhaustiveness or authoritativeness.
The Hawai‘i State Public Library System is grateful for the many hours of work contributed by various librarians who participated in the project over the years, and for the many student helpers who assisted with data entry.
The Hawaiian Legends Index is now available online!
The online edition of the Hawaiian Legends Index is available through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library's Hawaiian Collection webpage. Click on the link below to leave the Hawaii State Library, Hawaii & Pacific website and go to the University of Hawaii at Manoa website.
The Hawaiian Legends Index is also available to the public in a downloadable PDF file.