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University of Hawaii Press, 1961. Hard cover, 101 pp. Introduction by Robert P Griffing, Jr., Contents include Text, Notes, Plates, List of plates and acknowledgments. In good condition/ NO dust jacket. Tan paper over boards with gold illustration and white cloth and gold lettering on spine. Light bumping and scuffing to edges and corners of covers and light overall scuffing, aging and soiling to covers as well. Binding tight. Previous owner's gift inscription on half-title page. Light aging and spotting to end papers. Light overall aging to pages as well but otherwise pages are unmarked. NOT Ex-Library. No remainder marks. [From introduction] this book has needed doing for a long time. The Painted Church at Honaunau is a major tourist attraction on the island of Hawaii, but, aside from tourists and residents of the Islands, there are all too few who are aware of the fact that such a major monument of folk art exists. Even among the privileged who have seen the Honaunau church, the other structures of similar type on the island are little known. Here for the first time is a complete discussion of the group in its entirety. The Leading role in the story to follow was played by Father John, a devoted servant of the Lord, whose vocation had called him to a land in which the memory of other gods still remained bright. Father John's purpose was clear: the propagation of the faith and the continuing instruction of the faithful. Certainly the Hawaiian environment had little about it to remind Father John of his native Europe, and his work was restricted of necessity to the comparatively small number of souls his parish contained. His purpose, however, was no less compelling than that which gave rise, in another land and at another time-but for the same reasons-to one of man's most magnificent conceptions, the Gothic cathedral. The church at Honaunau may be tiny in terms of physical size compared with the prototypes which Father John remembered, but its conceptual scale looms large.
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