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.

In Kahikinui, Maui, in the village of Kaipolohua, in the days of King Kaiuli, is born Pamano, child of Lono and Kenia.  His uncle is Waipu, his sisters are spirits named Nakinowailua and Hokiolele.  Pamano studies the art of the hula, and becomes a famous dancer, then comes to the uplands of Mokulau in Kaupo, where the king adopts him, but places a taboo between him and his daughter, Keaka.  Keaka, however, entices Pamano into her house.  Now Pamano and his friend, Hoolau, have agreed not to make love to Keaka without the other’s consent.  Koolau, not knowing it is the girl’s doing, reports his friend to the king, and he and his wife decide that Pamano must die.  They entice him in from surf riding, get him drunk with awa in spite of his spirit sisters’ warnings, and chop him to pieces.  The sisters restore him to life.  At a kilu game given by Keaka and Koolau.  Pamano reveals himself in a chant and orders his three enemies slain before he will return to Keaka.



Kaumalumalu and Lanihau of Holualoa, Kona, Hawaii, have five sons and five daughters.  The boys are Mumu, Wawa, Ahewahewa, Lulukaina and Kalino; their sisters are Mailelaulii, Mailekaluhea, Mailepakaha, Mailehaiwale, and Kaulanapokii, who is endowed with gifts of magic.  The girls go sight-seeing along the coast of Kohala, and Mailelaulii weds the king of Kohala, Hikapoloa.  He gets them to send for the supernatural pearl fishhook with which their brothers catch aku fish, but the hook sent proves a sham, and the angry chief determines to induce the brothers thither on a visit and then kill them in revenge.  When the five arrive with a boatload of aku, the sisters are shut up in the woman’s house composing a name song for the first-born.  Each brother in turn comes up to the king’s house and thrusts his head in at the door, only to have it chopped off and the body burnt in a special kind of wood fire, opiko, aaka, mamane, pua and alani.  The youngest sister, however, is aware of the event, and the sisters determine to slay Hikapoloa.  When he comes in to see his child, Kaulanapokii sings an incantation to the rains and seas, the ie and maile vines, to block the house.  Thus the chief is killed.  Then Kaulanapokii sings an incantation to the various fires burning her brothers’ flesh, to tell her where their bones are concealed.  With the bones she brings her brothers to life, and they all return to Kona, abandoning “the proud land of Kohala and its favorite wind, the Aeloa.”


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