The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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Umi arranges a contest to prove who is the champion thief.  Iwa is pitted against the six champions from each of the six districts of Hawaii.  The test is to see which can fill a house fullest in a single night.  The six thieves go to work, but Iwa sleeps until cockcrow, when he rises and steals all the things out of the other thieves’ house.  He also steals sleeping men, women, and children from the king’s own house to fill his own.  The championship is his, and the other six thieves are killed.


This skillful thief lives at Kaunakahakai on Molokai, where he is noted for strength and fleetness.  In a cave at Kalamaula, in the uplands, his lizard guardian keeps all the valuables that he steals from strangers who land on his shore.  This cave opens and shuts at his call.  Maniniholokuaua steals the canoe of the famous Oahu runner, Keliimalolo, who can make three circuits of Oahu in a day, and this man secures the help of two supernatural runners from Niihau, Kamaakauluohia (or Kaneulohia), and Kamaakamikioi (or Kaneikamikioi), sons of Halulu, who can make ten circuits of Kauai in a day.  In spite of his grandmother’s warning, Maniniholokuaua steals from them also, and they pursue him to his cave, where he is, caught between the jaws in his haste.


This marvelous dog named Pupualenalena fetches awa from Hakau’s food patches in Waipio, Hawaii, to his master in Puako.  Hakau has the dog tracked, and is about to kill both dog and master when he bethinks himself.  He has been troubled by the blowing of a conch shell, Kuana, by the spirits above Waipio, and he now promises life if the dog will bring him the shell.  This the dog effects in the night, though breaking a piece in his flight, and the king, delighted, rewards the master with land in Waipio.


The son of Kakaalaneo, king of Maui and Kanikaniaula, uproots all the breadfruit trees of Lahaina to get the fruit that is out of reach, and does so much mischief with the other children born on the same day with him, who are brought to court for his companions, that they are sent home, and he is abandoned on the island of Lanai to be eaten by the spirits.  His god shows him a secret cave to hide in.  Each night the spirits run about trying to find him, but every time he tricks them until they get so overworked that all die except Pahulu and a few others.  Finally his parents, seeing his light still burning, send a double canoe to fetch him home with honor.  This is how Lanai was cleared of spirits.[1]

[Footnote 1:  Daggett tells this story.]


A trickster named Lepe lives at Hilo, Hawaii, calls up the spirits by means of an incantation, and then fools them in every possible way.


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