The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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A powerful priest, 75 generations from Opukahonua, on the occasion of the sacrifice in the temple of the rebel Iwikauikana by Kenaloakuaana, king of Maui, chants the genealogies, dividing them into the time from the migration from Kahiki to Pili, Pili to Wakea, Wakea to Waia, and Waia to Liloa.


The song of Kualii was composed about 1700 to celebrate the royal conqueror of Oahu.  It opens with an obscure allusion to the fishing up by Maui from the hill Kauwiki, of the island of Hawaii, out of the bottom of the sea, and the fetching of the gods Kane and Kanaloa, Kauakahi and Maliu, to these islands.




The eleventh child of Iku and Kapapaiakea in Kuaihelani is his father’s favorite, and to him Iku wills his rank and his kingdom.  The brothers are jealous and seek to kill him.  They go through the Hawaiian group to compete in boxing and wrestling, defeat Kealohikikaupea, the strong man of Kauai; Kaikipaananea, Kupukupukehaikalani, and Kupukupukehaiaiku, three strong men of Oahu, and King Kakaalaneo of Maui; but are afraid when they hear of Kepakailiula, the strong man of Hawaii, and return to Kuaihelani.

Aukelenuiaiku has grown straight and faultless.  “His skin is like the ripe banana and his eyeballs like the blood of the banana as it first appears.”  He wants to join his brothers in a wrestling match, but is forbidden by the father, who fears their jealousy.  He steals away and shoots an arrow into their midst; it is a twisted arrow, theirs are jointed.  The brothers are angry, but when one of them strikes the lad, his own arm is broken.  The younger brother takes up each one in turn and throws him into the sea.  The brothers pretend friendship and invite him into the house, but only to throw him into the pit Kamooinanea, where lives the lizard grandmother who devours men.  She saves her grandchild and instructs him how to reach the queen, Namakaokahai.  For the journey she furnishes him with a box for his god, Lonoikoualii; a leaf, laukahi, to satisfy his hunger; an ax and a knife; her own tail, in which lies the strength of her body; and her feather skirt and kahili, by shaking which he can reduce his enemies to ashes.

When his brothers see him return safe from the pit they determine to flee to foreign lands.  They make one more attempt to kill him by shutting him into a water hole, but one soft-hearted brother lets him out.  The hero then persuades the brothers to let him accompany them.  On the way he feeds them with “food and meat” from his club, Kaiwakaapu.  They sail eight months, touch at Holaniku, where they get awa, sugar cane, bananas,

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