Book teaches Polynesian culture, beliefs, influences while chronicling journey of Polynesians from Eden to Eden
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Author Jeffrey L. Gross’ “Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden” (published by Xlibris) is a groundbreaking book that is packed with information and knowledge. It describes the amazing journey of the Polynesians, the “nomads of the sea”, across a third of the circumference of the earth. Many voyages covering thousands of miles across the world’s largest ocean in double-hull canoes constructed from hollowed-out logs and built with Stone Age technology—tools of stone, bone and shell and navigating by the stars of the night sky.
“Waipi’o Valley” will embark readers on an amazing journey from Kalana i Hau’ola, the biblical “Garden of Eden” located in Sumer, Mesopotamia, along the shore of the Persian Gulf, to the Indus River Valley of ancient Vedic India, to Egypt where some of the ancestors of the Polynesians were on the Israelite Exodus, through Island Southeast Asia and across the vast Pacific Ocean where the Polynesians resided on numerous tropical island paradises such as Ra’iatea Island, Tahiti, home of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most holy temple in Polynesia before reaching Hawai’i Island and Waipi’o Valley; the last Polynesian “Garden of Eden”.
Due to their isolation on the islands of the Pacific Ocean, Polynesian religious and cultural beliefs preserved elements from mankind’s past nearer the beginning of human history. Polynesian mythology includes genealogical records of their divine ancestors extending back to Kahiki, the land of their origin; epic tales of gods and heroes preserving records of their ancient voyages, oral chants such as the Kumulipo containing evolutionary creation theories reflecting modern scientific thought, and the belief in a Supreme Creator God.
“Waipi’o Valley” is a clear historical account that follows the story of the Polynesians on their amazing journey through time and space from their ancient origins to their “discovery” by western civilization. Those interested in mankind’s ancient past and in Polynesian history will find this book a source of valuable information as it provides enlightenment about these significant voyages, where they can learn more about the Polynesian way of life, beliefs and influence to the modern world.
“Waipi’o Valley: A Polynesian Journey from Eden to Eden”
By Jeffrey L. Gross
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798452
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798445
E-Book | 626 pages | ISBN 9781479798469
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Jeffrey L. Gross is an architect living in the State of Hawaii. Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and first lived in the Hawaiian Islands during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when he became interested in Polynesian history and traditional culture that led to the research for this book.
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