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Native Books

1990

Good Books in Good Hands

Maile Meyer founds Native Books in Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island, the land of her ancestors, with the vision of getting things Hawaiian into the hands of those interested in learning.

1995

Merchant Street

Native Books & Beautiful Things, a retail co-operative featuring books, music, art, crafts, food and clothing from local producers, opens on Merchant Street in Downtown Honolulu.

2000

Mai ke kumu a ka wēlau

From the trunk to the tip of the leaf. Native Books focuses on building the most comprehensive collection of shareable materials about things Hawaiian, accessible in one place.

August 2003

The Gathering Place

Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai'i moves to its location to Ward Warehouse at Kūkuluaeʻo, with an invitation from the Victoria Ward ʻohana. It becomes a center for Native Hawaiian knowledge, focusing on Hawaiian-made products, and events to connect the community.

August 2017

Ward Centre

Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaiʻi moves to Ward Centre with the demolition of Ward Warehouse. Nā Mea Hawaiʻi continues to operate out of this location today.

October 2020

Arts & Letters Building ma Nuʻuanu

Amidst a global pandemic, Native Books returns to Chinatown. Founder Maile Meyer and Wei Fang, purchase the old Pegge Hopper Building and transforms it into a mixed use space with Waiwai Collective, Mezzanine Prints, and Arts & Letters Gallery.

January 2021

Holomua

Native Books re-launches their online store to provide a virtual space where those seeking knowledge or curated content may find that experience on our digital shelves.

Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Join us in celebrating ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi in February with our celebrated Hawaiian-language reads.

The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele
The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele

The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele

From $40.00

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings

$49.95

Anatomia 1838
Anatomia 1838

Anatomia 1838

$30.00

Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names
Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names

Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names

$39.00

Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian Revised and Enlarged Edition
Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian Revised and Enlarged Edition

Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English, English-Hawaiian Revised and Enlarged Edition

$39.99

Harry Potter a me ka Pōhaku Akeakamai: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter a me ka Pōhaku Akeakamai: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter a me ka Pōhaku Akeakamai: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

$21.00

Hānau Ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names
Hānau Ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names

Hānau Ka Ua: Hawaiian Rain Names

$30.00

Place Names of Hawaiʻi Revised and Expanded Edition
Place Names of Hawaiʻi Revised and Expanded Edition

Place Names of Hawaiʻi Revised and Expanded Edition

$18.99

He Moʻolelo No Kapaʻahu: The Story of Kapaʻahu
He Moʻolelo No Kapaʻahu: The Story of Kapaʻahu

He Moʻolelo No Kapaʻahu: The Story of Kapaʻahu

$15.95

Māmaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary
Māmaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary

Māmaka Kaiao: A Modern Hawaiian Vocabulary

$24.99

New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and Given Names in Hawaiian
New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and Given Names in Hawaiian

New Pocket Hawaiian Dictionary: With a Concise Grammar and Given Names in Hawaiian

$9.99

North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Kaʻena
North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Kaʻena

North Shore Place Names: Kahuku to Kaʻena

$25.95

Hawaiʻi Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites
Hawaiʻi Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites

Hawaiʻi Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites

$18.99

Buke ʻOihana Lapaʻau me nā ʻApu lāʻau Hawaiʻi
Buke ʻOihana Lapaʻau me nā ʻApu lāʻau Hawaiʻi

Buke ʻOihana Lapaʻau me nā ʻApu lāʻau Hawaiʻi

$12.95

He Moolelo Pokole
He Moolelo Pokole

He Moolelo Pokole

$8.00

Ancient Sites of Oʻahu: A Guide to Hawaiian Archaeological Places of Interest
Ancient Sites of Oʻahu: A Guide to Hawaiian Archaeological Places of Interest

Ancient Sites of Oʻahu: A Guide to Hawaiian Archaeological Places of Interest

$19.95

Huakai Makaikai a Kaupo, Maui: A Visit to Kaupō, Maui
Huakai Makaikai a Kaupo, Maui: A Visit to Kaupō, Maui

Huakai Makaikai a Kaupo, Maui: A Visit to Kaupō, Maui

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Treasury of Hawaiian Words in One Hundred and One Categories
Treasury of Hawaiian Words in One Hundred and One Categories

Treasury of Hawaiian Words in One Hundred and One Categories

$32.00

Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary
Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary

Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary

$19.95

Pocket Place Names of Hawaiʻi
Pocket Place Names of Hawaiʻi

Pocket Place Names of Hawaiʻi

$6.99

Overthrow Observance

A selection of resources related to the U.S.-military backed illegal overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893.

Diaries of Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi, 1885–1900, The
Diaries of Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi, 1885–1900, The

Diaries of Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi, 1885–1900, The

$40.00

Kūʻē Petitions: A Mau Loa Aku Nō
Kūʻē Petitions: A Mau Loa Aku Nō

Kūʻē Petitions: A Mau Loa Aku Nō

$148.00

Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai‘i
Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai‘i

Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai‘i

$29.95

Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures
Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures

Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures

$39.95

Kū'ē: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawaii
Kū'ē: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawaii

Kū'ē: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawaii

$36.95

Hawaiʻi's Story by Hawaiʻi's Queen
Hawaiʻi's Story by Hawaiʻi's Queen

Hawaiʻi's Story by Hawaiʻi's Queen

$43.95

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

$25.00

Transpacific & Indigenous

Literature from writers connected by the Pacific.

Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History, The
Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History, The

Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History, The

$28.95

Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi
Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi

Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaiʻi

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Past Before Us: Moʻokūʻauhau as Methodology, The
Past Before Us: Moʻokūʻauhau as Methodology, The

Past Before Us: Moʻokūʻauhau as Methodology, The

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Kanaka Hawai'i Cartography: Hula, Navigation, and Oratory
Kanaka Hawai'i Cartography: Hula, Navigation, and Oratory

Kanaka Hawai'i Cartography: Hula, Navigation, and Oratory

$24.95

Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood
Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood

Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood

$26.95

Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies
Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies

Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies

$25.00

Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides
Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides

Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides

$21.95

North Star to Southern Cross
North Star to Southern Cross

North Star to Southern Cross

$18.99

Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology
Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology

Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology

$23.95

Oh, Say, Can You See?: The Semiotics of the Military in Hawai’i
Oh, Say, Can You See?: The Semiotics of the Military in Hawai’i

Oh, Say, Can You See?: The Semiotics of the Military in Hawai’i

$24.00

Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific
Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific

Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific

$14.95

Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations
Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations

Marking Indigeneity: The Tongan Art of Sociospatial Relations

$27.95

Polynesia in Early Historic Times
Polynesia in Early Historic Times

Polynesia in Early Historic Times

$29.95

Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place
Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place

Hearth: A Global Conversation on Identity, Community, and Place

$26.00

Coral and Concrete: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll between Japan, America, and the Marshall Islands
Coral and Concrete: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll between Japan, America, and the Marshall Islands

Coral and Concrete: Remembering Kwajalein Atoll between Japan, America, and the Marshall Islands

$68.00

Breaking the Shell: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands
Breaking the Shell: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands

Breaking the Shell: Voyaging from Nuclear Refugees to People of the Sea in the Marshall Islands

$68.00

Pathway of the Birds: The voyaging achievements of Māori and their Polynesian ancestors
Pathway of the Birds: The voyaging achievements of Māori and their Polynesian ancestors

Pathway of the Birds: The voyaging achievements of Māori and their Polynesian ancestors

$39.00

Māori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary
Māori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary

Māori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary

$48.00

Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation Resurgence and a New Emergence
Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation Resurgence and a New Emergence

Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation Resurgence and a New Emergence

$19.95

Ko te Pū Ko tu More, Levels 1-2: A Māori Language Course for Beginners
Ko te Pū Ko tu More, Levels 1-2: A Māori Language Course for Beginners

Ko te Pū Ko tu More, Levels 1-2: A Māori Language Course for Beginners

$36.00

Keiki & Young Adult

Favorite titles in English/Bilingual to encourage reading for our keiki and parents of all ages.

Hawaiian Legends of Dreams
Hawaiian Legends of Dreams

Hawaiian Legends of Dreams

$24.00

Story of Surfing, A
Story of Surfing, A

Story of Surfing, A

$16.95

A is for Aloha 2nd Edition, A
A is for Aloha 2nd Edition, A

A is for Aloha 2nd Edition, A

$16.99

Goodnight Hawaiian Moon
Goodnight Hawaiian Moon

Goodnight Hawaiian Moon

$17.95

10 Little Geckos Hawaiian Count-Down
10 Little Geckos Hawaiian Count-Down

10 Little Geckos Hawaiian Count-Down

$14.50

Mahalo Day!, A
Mahalo Day!, A

Mahalo Day!, A

$14.95

Coconut Named Bob, A
Coconut Named Bob, A

Coconut Named Bob, A

$16.95

Keiki's First Word Book (Bilingual), A
Keiki's First Word Book (Bilingual), A

Keiki's First Word Book (Bilingual), A

$14.95

President from Hawaiʻi, A
President from Hawaiʻi, A

President from Hawaiʻi, A

$18.95

Song for the Colors and the Flowers of Hawaiʻi, A
Song for the Colors and the Flowers of Hawaiʻi, A

Song for the Colors and the Flowers of Hawaiʻi, A

$14.50

Aia He Kāheka | There's a Tide Pool
Aia He Kāheka | There's a Tide Pool

Aia He Kāheka | There's a Tide Pool

$12.00

All Pau with Diapers: A Potty Book for Hawaiʻi's Kids
All Pau with Diapers: A Potty Book for Hawaiʻi's Kids

All Pau with Diapers: A Potty Book for Hawaiʻi's Kids

$7.95

Aloha is...
Aloha is...

Aloha is...

$14.50

Baby Honu Saves the Day
Baby Honu Saves the Day

Baby Honu Saves the Day

$16.95

Backbone of the King: The Story of Pakaʻa and His Son Ku
Backbone of the King: The Story of Pakaʻa and His Son Ku

Backbone of the King: The Story of Pakaʻa and His Son Ku

$21.00

Big Island Activity Book
Big Island Activity Book

Big Island Activity Book

$6.95

David Kalākaua | ʻO Kawika Kalākaua
David Kalākaua | ʻO Kawika Kalākaua

David Kalākaua | ʻO Kawika Kalākaua

$9.95

Discover Hawaiʻi's Volcanoes, Birth By Fire
Discover Hawaiʻi's Volcanoes, Birth By Fire

Discover Hawaiʻi's Volcanoes, Birth By Fire

$14.50

Dot to Dot Hawaiian Style
Dot to Dot Hawaiian Style

Dot to Dot Hawaiian Style

$5.95

Exotic Animals in Hawaiʻi Coloring Book
Exotic Animals in Hawaiʻi Coloring Book

Exotic Animals in Hawaiʻi Coloring Book

$6.95

Games for Hawaiian Learning

Have fun while learning with our crossword puzzles, games, and more.

Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary
Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary

Hoʻopilipili ʻŌlelo II: Hawaiian Language Crossword Puzzles, Word Search Puzzles, Change-a-Letter Puzzles, and Crossword Dictionary

$19.95

Cards for 808
Cards for 808

Cards for 808

$55.00

Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawaiʻi
Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawaiʻi

Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawaiʻi

$17.50

Pāhana ʻĀina Lupalupa: Hawaiian Culture-Based Science Readers to Foster Aloha ʻĀina and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
Pāhana ʻĀina Lupalupa: Hawaiian Culture-Based Science Readers to Foster Aloha ʻĀina and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

Pāhana ʻĀina Lupalupa: Hawaiian Culture-Based Science Readers to Foster Aloha ʻĀina and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

$80.00

Ulus 2 Ulus
Ulus 2 Ulus

Ulus 2 Ulus

$40.00

Hulo! Nupepa-Style Fun for Ages 5 to 95
Hulo! Nupepa-Style Fun for Ages 5 to 95

Hulo! Nupepa-Style Fun for Ages 5 to 95

$12.00

Go Fish! Hawaiʻi
Go Fish! Hawaiʻi

Go Fish! Hawaiʻi

$9.95

Hanafuda Hawaiʻi Style
Hanafuda Hawaiʻi Style

Hanafuda Hawaiʻi Style

$15.95

Old Futs Extension Pack
Old Futs Extension Pack

Old Futs Extension Pack

$20.00

2021 Calendars

Get 2021 started off right with a calendar for the new year.

Kuʻu Home Aloha 2021 Calendar
Kuʻu Home Aloha 2021 Calendar

Kuʻu Home Aloha 2021 Calendar

$18.95

2021 Hawaiian Fishing & Farming Moon Calendar
2021 Hawaiian Fishing & Farming Moon Calendar

2021 Hawaiian Fishing & Farming Moon Calendar

$19.95

Pegge Hopper 2021 Calendar
Pegge Hopper 2021 Calendar

Pegge Hopper 2021 Calendar

$30.00

ʻAno Lani: ʻAno Hōnua – Hawaiian Mystic Moon Chart 2021–2022
ʻAno Lani: ʻAno Hōnua – Hawaiian Mystic Moon Chart 2021–2022

ʻAno Lani: ʻAno Hōnua – Hawaiian Mystic Moon Chart 2021–2022

$9.95

Ke Ala o ka Mahina Moon Calendar 2021
Ke Ala o ka Mahina Moon Calendar 2021

Ke Ala o ka Mahina Moon Calendar 2021

$10.00

Illustrated Hawaiian Word-A-Day Calendar (Bilingual)
Illustrated Hawaiian Word-A-Day Calendar (Bilingual)

Illustrated Hawaiian Word-A-Day Calendar (Bilingual)

$16.00

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