William Drake Westervelt (1849-1939) was an American author of several books and magazines on Hawaiian history and legends. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1871 with a B. A. degree, and from Oberlin Theological Seminary in 1874 with a B. D. degree. Pastor of churches in Cleveland, Ohio and Colorado, he settled in Hawaii in 1899, marrying a missionary descendant, Caroline D. Castle. He drew upon the collections of David Malo, Samuel M. Kamakau, and Abraham Fornander to popularize Hawaiian folklore in his Legends of Maui (1910), Legends of Old Honolulu (1915), Legends of Gods and Ghost- Gods (1915), Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes (1916) and Hawaiian Historical Legends (1923).