The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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guilt thus proved, she is about to be slain when a soothsayer reveals her high rank as the child of Hina, older sister to the king, and the king forgives and marries her.  His daughter, Kapuaokaohelo, who is ministered to by birds, hearing Kapuaokaoheloai tell of her brother on Hawaii, falls in love with him and determines to go in search of him.  When she reaches Punahoa harbor at Kumukahi, Hawaii, where she has been directed, she finds no handsome youth, for the boy has grown ill pining for his sister.  In two days, however, he regains his youth and good looks, and the two are married.




During the days of Kakuhihewa, king of Oahu, there is born in Manoa, Oahu, a beautiful girl named Kahalaomapuana.  Kauakuahine is her father, Kahioamano her mother.  Her house stands at Kahoiwai.  Kauhi, her husband, hears her slandered, and believing her guilty, takes her to Pohakea on the Kaala mountain, and, in spite of her chant of innocence, beats her to death under a great lehua tree, covers the body with leaves, and returns.  Her spirit flies to the top of the tree and chants the news of her death.  Thus she is found and restored to life, but she will have nothing more to do with Kauhi.[1]

[Footnote 1:  This story is much amplified by Mrs. Nakuina in Thrum, p. 118.  Here mythical details are added to the girl’s parentage, and the ghost fabric related in full, in connection with her restoration to life and revenge upon Kauhi.  The Fornander version is, on the whole, very bare.  See also Daggett.]


The son of Ku, king of Lihue, through a secret amour with Kaunoa, is brought up at Kukaniloko, where he incurs the anger of his supposed father by giving food away recklessly.  He therefore runs away to his real father, carrying the king’s spear and malo; but Ku, not recognizing them, throws him into the sea at Kualoa point.  The spirit comes night after night to the temple, where the priests worship it until it becomes strong enough to appear in human form.  In this shape Ku recognizes his son and snares the spirit in a net.  At first it takes the shape of a rat, then almost assumes human form.  Kalanimanuia’s sister, Ihiawaawa, has three lovers, Hala, Kumuniaiake, and Aholenuimakiukai.  Kalanimanuia sings a derisive chant, and they determine upon a test of beauty.  A cord is arranged to fall of itself at the appearance of the most handsome contestant.  The night before the match, Kalanimanuia hears a knocking at the door and there enter his soles, knees, thighs, hair, and eyes.  Now he is a handsome fellow.  Wind, rain, thunder, and lightning attend his advent, and the cord falls of itself.


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