Holy Moli: Albatross and Other Ancestors
ISBN: 0870718487
EAN13: 9780870718489
Language: English
Publication Date: May 5, 2016
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Hob Osterlund moved to Hawai'i after being visited in a dream by an ancestor, Martha Beckwith, author of the monumental classic, Hawaiian Mythology. It was there, on the island of Kaua'i, where she happened upon a few courting albatross and felt an inexplicable attraction to the birds--an attraction too powerful to be explained by their beguiling airbrushed eye shadows, enormous wingspans, and rollicking dances.

In Hawaiian mythology, ancestors may occupy the physical forms of animals known as 'aumakua. Laysan albatross--known as moli--are among them. Smitten with these charismatic creatures, Osterlund set out to learn everything she could about moli. She eventually came to embrace them as her 'aumakua--not as dusty old myths on a museum bookshelf, but as breathing, breeding, boisterous realities.

Albatross sport many superlative qualities. They live long--sometimes longer than sixty years--and spend the majority of their time airborne, gliding across vast oceanic expanses. They are model mates and devoted parents, and are among the only animals known to take long-term same-sex partners. In nesting season, they rack up inconceivable mileage just to find supper for chicks waiting on the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago.

It is from the island of Kaua'i that Holy Moli takes flight. Osterlund relates a true tale of courage, Read More chevron_right

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