For fifteen hundred years the Hawaiian people perpetuated life, with help from the land, sea, and sky. This is a book about modern Hawaiians-their roots and their evolving culture.

Jay Hartwell


For eight years Jay Hartwell worked as a daily newspaper reporter for The Honolulu Advertiser where he wrote about Hawai`i people and issues. He left the newspaper in 1988 to begin researching and writing Hawaiian People Today. After serving the Honolulu City Council as Communications Officer (1992-1994), Jay helped care for his family and continued writing until 1997 when the University of Hawai`i at Manoa hired him to be faculty advisor to its student-led media programs, including the news operation, Ka Leo O Hawai`i; the radio station, KTUH, the literary journal Hawai`i Review, and UH Productions. Jay is a graduate of Kailua [O`ahu] High School, The Colorado College, and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He resides in Wailupe, O`ahu, and now works as an independent media educator and consultant after retiring from the university in 2017.


Anne K. Landgraf


Anne Kapulani Landgraf has documented the remote Maui village of Kahakuloa, the construction of O`ahu's H-3 Freeway, and the people and land of Waiahole, O`ahu. Kapulani's work has been exhibited across the islands and has been acquired by the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, which awarded her a $5,000 fellowship. She is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She received her master's degree in fine art from Vermont College. Kapulani also has produced two books: "Na Wahi Pana O Ko`olau Poko / Legendary Places of Ko`olau Poko" (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 1994) and "E Na Hulu Kupuna Na Puna Ola Maoli No", a collection of oral histories by Hawaiian elders (Kane`ohe: `Elepaio Press, 1987). She lives in Kane`ohe, O`ahu, and teaches photography at Kapi`olani Community College.


`Ai Pohaku Press


`Ai Pohaku Press was started in 1993 by Barbara Pope, a book designer; Maile Meyer, a book marketing consultant who founded Native Books Hawai`i -- a direct-mail book business that sold "Na Mamo: Hawaiian People Today"; and Nelson Foster, an editor. In addition to "Na Mamo", `Ai Pohaku Press has published, among other titles, the award-winning "Kaho`olawe: Na Leo o Kanaloa" (1995).


Na Mamo Photo Exhibit

Na Mamo: Today's Hawaiian People", a travelling exhibit produced by the Bishop Museum in conjunction with the author and photographer, consisted of about 90 black-and-white photographs covering 12 subject areas of Hawaiian culture including art, hula, surfing, healing, spirituality, and the quest for sovereignty. Captions accompanying the photographs provided glimpses into the lives of Hawaiians, who are actively practicing the customs of their ancestors. Interactive hearphones also enabled the visitor to "meet" these Hawaiians personally. The exhibit is no longer available to the public.

Web Site

You can learn more about Hawaiian People Today on the World Wide Web. At, you will find chapter excerpts, chants, photographs, info about the author and photographer and others who made the book possible.


The Kawananakoa Foundation provided a fellowship to cover Jay Hartwell's living expenses during the project's first two years. The Estate of James Campbell gave Anne Kapulani Landgraf a grant for her photography. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. provided travel support. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts funded the Bishop Museum's traveling exhibit of Anne's photographs. The Committee for the Preservation and Study of Hawaiian Language, Art, and Culture, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, underwrote the costs of the photo exhibit brochure. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs provided the funds necessary to publish Anne Kapulani Landgraf's photographs within the book. A special thanks to the folks at LavaNet for their help with the original web site and for providing Internet services and support.

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2018 by Jay C. Hartwell.
Photographs copyright © 1990 by Anne K. Landgraf unless otherwise noted.
All Rights Reserved.