The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 569 pages of information about The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai.

[Footnote 1:  Compare Kalelealuaka.]


A man of Kalauao, Ewa, Oahu, has a habit of falling into a supernatural sleep for a month at a time.  In such a sleep he is taken to be sacrificed at the temple of Polomauna, Kauai, but waking at the sound of thunder, he goes to Waimea, where he marries, and cultivates land.  When the time comes for his sleep, he warns his wife, but she and her brothers and servants decide to drop him into the sea.  When the month is up, it thunders, he wakens, finds himself tied in the bottom of the sea, breaks loose and comes back to his wife.  Before their son is born he leaves her and returns to Oahu.  The child is born, is abused by his stepfather, and finding he has a different father, follows Opelemoemoe to Oahu.  The rest of his story is told under Kalelealuaka.


Kakuhihewa, king of Ewa, on Oahu, and Pueonui, king from Moanalua to Makapuu, are at war with each other.  Kalelealuaka, son of Opelemoemoe, the sleeper, lives with his companion, Keinohoomanawanui, at Oahunui.  He is a dreamer; that is, a man who wants everything without working for it.  One night the two chant their wishes.  His companion desires a good meal and success in his daily avocations, but Kalelealuaka wishes for the king’s food served by the king himself, and the king’s daughter for his wife.  Now Kakuhihewa has night after night seen the men’s light and wondered who it might be.  This night he comes to the hut, overhears the wish, and making himself known to the daring man, fulfills his wish to the, letter.  Thus Kalelealuaka becomes the king’s son-in-law.  When the battle is on with the rival king, Kalelealuaka’s companion goes off to war, but Kalelealuaka remains at home.  When all are gone, he runs off like the wind, slays Pueo’s best captain and brings home his feather cloak, while his friend gets the praise for the deed.  Finally he is discovered, he brings out the feather cloaks and is made king of Oahu, Kakuhihewa serving under him.



Wahanui, king of Hawaii, makes a vow to “trample the breasts of Kane and Kanaloa."[1] He takes his prophet, Kilohi, and starts for Kahiki.  Kane and Kanaloa have left their younger brother, Kaneapua, on Lanai, because he made their spring water filthy.  He forces himself upon Wahanui, and saves him from the dangers of the way—­from the land of Kanehunamoku, which takes the shape of Hina’s dog; from the two demigod hills, Paliuli and Palikea, sent against them by Kane and Kanaloa; and from a 10 days’ storm loosened from the calabash of Laamaomao, which they escape by making their boat fast to the intestines of Kamapuaa’s grandmother under the sea.  When Wahanui has fulfilled his quest and sets out to return, Kaneapua gives him his double-bodied god, Pilikua, and warns him not to show it until he gets to Hawaii.  He displays it at Kauai, and the Kauai people kill him in order to get the god.  The Hawaii people hear of it, invite the Kauai people to see them, and slaughter them in revenge.

Project Gutenberg
The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai from Project Gutenberg. Public domain.
Follow Us on Facebook