The petroglyphs of Hawai'i are much more than captivating designs. To the ancient Polynesians they had meaning and significance, including a spiritual component. Hawaiian petroglyphs deserve to be protected and preserved as nonrenewable assets and as gift left behind by the ancient Hawaiians who carved their prayers and offerings into the hard lava of these Pacific islands.
The illuminating data in this book provides the basis for a new perspective on Hawaiian rock art. Spirit of Place, Petroglyphs of Hawai'i by Georgia Lee and Edward Stasack is based upn years of field research, scientific documentation projects, literature searches, and "talk story" with native Hawaiians. The authors describe in detail five major sites on the Big Island of Hawai'i plus the islands of Lana'i and Kaho'olawe; inter-island comparisons; and finally, the rock art of Hawai'i is placed into the larger realm of Polynesia. Lavishly illustrated with precise drawings and photographs, the book also contains statistical analyses. Thus, this book will appeal to the novice as well as to the scientist.