E Ola Ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi
"Hawaiian Language : Past, Present, Future presents aspects of Hawaiian and its history that are rarely treated in language classes. The major characters in this book make up a diverse cast: Dutch merchants, Captain Cook's naturalist and philologist William Anderson. ʻŌpūkahaʻia (the inspiration for the Hawaiian Mission), the American lexicographer Noah Webster, philologists in New England, missionary-linguists and their Hawaiian consultants, and many minor players. The account begins in prehistory, placing the probable origins of the ancestor of Polynesian language in mainland Asia. An evolving family tree reflects the linguistic changes that took place as these people moved east."