The Hawaiian Romance Of Laieikawai eBook

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Aiwohikupua said to the man, “You go and say I am a fellow to have some fun with the boxers, but not with anyone who is not strong.”

The man answered, “Haunaka is the only strong one in this crowd, and he is to be sent to Kohala to fight with the Kauai man.”

Said Aiwohikupua, “Go ahead and tell Haunaka that we two will have some fun together.”

When the man found Haunaka, and Haunaka heard these words, he clapped his hands, struck his chest, and stamped his feet, and beckoned to Aiwohikupua to come inside the field, and Aiwohikupua came, took off his cape,[35] and bound it about his waist.

When Aiwohikupua was on the field he said to Haunaka, “You can never hurt the Kauai boy; he is a choice branch of the tree that stands upon the steep."[36]

As Aiwohikupua was speaking a man called out from outside the crowd, who had seen Aiwohikupua fighting with Cold-nose, “O Haunaka and all of you gathered here, you will never outdo this man; his fist is like a spear!  Only one blow at Cold-nose and the fist went through to his back.  This is the very man who killed Cold-nose.”

Then Haunaka seized Aiwohikupua’s hand and welcomed him, and the end of it was they made friends and the players mixed with the crowd, and they left the place; Aiwohikupua’s party went with their friends and boarded the canoes, and went on and landed at Laupahoehoe.

CHAPTER VI

In Chapter V of this story we have seen how Aiwohikupua got to Laupahoehoe.  Here we shall say a word about Hulumaniani, the seer who followed Laieikawai hither from Kauai, as described in the first chapter of this story.

On the day when Aiwohikupua’s party left Paauhau, at Hamakua, on the same day as he sailed and came to Laupahoehoe, the prophet foresaw it all on the evening before he arrived, and it happened thus: 

That evening before sunset, as the seer was sitting at the door of the house, he saw long clouds standing against the horizon where the signs in the clouds appear, according to the soothsayers of old days even until now.

Said the seer, “A chief’s canoe comes hither, 19 men, 1 high chief, a double canoe.”

The men sitting with the chief started up at once, but could see no canoe coming.  Then the people with him asked, “Where is the canoe which you said was a chief’s canoe coming?”

Said the prophet, “Not a real canoe; in the clouds I find it; to-morrow you will see the chief’s canoe.”

A night and a day passed; toward evening he again saw the cloud rise on the ocean in the form which the seer recognized as Aiwohikupua’s—­perhaps as we recognize the crown of any chief that comes to us, so Aiwohikupua’s cloud sign looked to the seer.

When the prophet saw that sign he arose and caught a little pig and a black cock, and pulled a bundle of awa root to prepare for Aiwohikupua’s coming.

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