The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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In the course of these appear Wakea and his three wives, Haumea, Papa, and Hoohokukalani.  Wakea, becoming unfaithful to Papa, changes the feast days and establishes the taboo.  Later the stars are hung in the heavens.  Wakea seeks in the sea for “seeds from Hina,” with which to strew the heavens.  Hina floats up from the bottom of the sea and bears sea creatures and volcanic rocks.  Haumea, a stranger of high rank from Kuaihelani at Paliuli, marries her own sons and grandsons.  To her line belong Waolena and his wife Mafuie, whose grandchild, Maui, is born in the shape of a fowl.  The brothers of his mother, Hina, are angry and fight Maui, but are thrown.  They send him to fetch a branch from the sacred awa bush; this, too, he achieves.  He desires to learn the art of fishing, and his mother gives him a hook and line with which he catches “the royal fish Pimoe.”  He “scratches the eight eyes” of the bat who abducts Hina.  He nooses the sun and so wins summer.  He conquers (?) Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and Oahu.  From him descends “the only high chief of the island.”



This famous priest chants the history of “the row of islands from Nuumea; the group of islands from the entrance to Kahiki.”  First Hawaii is born, “out of darkness,” then Maui, then Molokai “of royal lineage.”  Lanai is a foster child, Kahoolawe a foundling, of whose afterbirth is formed the rock island Molokini.  Oahu and Kauai have the same mother but different fathers.  Another pair bear the triplets, the islets Niihau, Kaulu, and Nihoa.


According to this high priest and historian of Kamehameha I, from Wakea and Papa are born Kahikiku, Kahikimoe ("the foundation stones,” “the stones of heaven"), Hawaii, and Maui.  While Papa is on a visit to Kahiki, Wakea takes another wife and begets Lanai, then takes Hina to wife and begets Molokai.  The plover tells Papa on her return, and she in revenge bears to Lua the child Oahu.  After this she returns to Wakea and bears Kauai and its neighboring islets.


The foster son of Moikeha accompanies this chief on the journey to Hawaii and Kauai.  On sighting land at Hawaii he chants a song in honor of his chief in which he calls Hawaii a “man,” “child of Kahiki,” and “royal offspring from Kapaahu.”


This man with his two brothers and a woman peopled Hawaii 95 generations before Kamehameha.  According to his chant, the islands are fished up from Kapaahu by Kapuheeuanui, who brings up one piece of coral after another, and, offering sacrifices and prayers to each, throws it back into the ocean, so creating in succession Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, and the rest of the islands of the group.

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