The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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When Aiwohikupua and his companion had put some distance between themselves and the princess’s bathing place, the princess called, “O chiefs, why do you two run away?  Why not throw off your garment, jump in, and join us, then go to the house and sleep?  There is fish and a place to sleep.  That is the wealth of the people of this place.  When you wish to go, go; if you wish to stay, this is Hana, stay here.”

At these words of the princess the counsellor said to Aiwohikupua, “Ah! the princess would like you for her lover! for she has taken a great fancy to you.”

Said Aiwohikupua, “I should like to be her lover, for I see well that she is more beautiful than all the other women who have tempted me; but you have heard my vow not to take any woman of these islands to wife.”

At these words his counsellor said, “You are bound by that vow of yours; better, therefore, that this woman be mine.”

After this little parley, they went out surf riding and as they rode, behold! the princess conceived a passion for Aiwohikupua, and many others took a violent liking to the chief.

After the bath, they returned to the canoe thinking to go aboard and set out, but Aiwohikupua saw the princess playing konane[24] and the stranger chief thought he would play a game with her; now, the princess had first called them to come and play.

So Aiwohikupua joined the princess; they placed the pebbles on the board, and the princess asked, “What will the stranger stake if the game is lost to the woman of Hana?”

Said Aiwohikupua, “I will stake my double canoe afloat here on the sea, that is my wager with you.”

Said the princess, “Your wager, stranger, is not well—­a still lighter stake would be our persons; if I lose to you then I become yours and will do whatever you tell me just as we have agreed, and if you lose to me, then you are mine; as you would do to me, so shall I to you, and you shall dwell here on Maui.”

The chief readily agreed to the princess’s words.  In the first game, Aiwohikupua lost.

Then said the princess, “I have won over you; you have nothing more to put up, unless it be your younger brother; in that case I will bet with you again.”

To this jesting offer of the princess, Aiwohikupua readily gave his word of assent.

During the talk, Aiwohikupua gave to the princess this counsel.  “Although I belong to you, and this is well, yet let us not at once become lovers, not until I return from my journey about Hawaii; for I vowed before sailing hither to know no woman until I had made the circuit of Hawaii; after that I will do what you please as we have agreed.  So I lay my command upon you before I go, to live in complete purity, not to consent to any others, not to do the least thing to disturb our compact; and when I return from sight-seeing, then the princess’s stake shall be paid.  If when I return you have not remained pure, not obeyed my commands, then there is an end of it.”

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