Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
By nightfall Hi’iaka had secured passage for herself and the mortal woman Wahine in a craft bound for the island of Maui. That vessel set off the next morning. In some versions the boatman and his son refuse to take the ladies so Hi’iaka punishes them by using her powers to make their craft sink. After swimming to shore the two men were more than happy to take the ladies in their other ship.
These two men turned out to be as horny as the men Hi’iaka encountered early on in the journey toward Kaua’i. The ladies successfully fended off the advances of the men without resorting to violence. Upon reaching the island of Maui Hi’iaka and Wahine slipped away from their admirers and headed toward Wailuka.
Hi’iaka had planned on visiting the goddess Kapo, her sister in some versions and her cousin in others. In some accounts the visit is successful and in others Hi’iaka and Wahine find Kapo and her husband are not at home.
Drifting back to the coastline the two travelers were intrigued at the sight of a girl born without hands as she struggled to catch shell-fish. The ladies admired the girl’s perseverance despite her handicap and Wahine expressed aloud her desire to make friends with the indefatigable handicapped girl.
With her godly senses Hi’iaka detected that the sight before her and Wahine was really the ghost of a handless dead girl named Kalu’e’a. At Wahine’s request Hi’iaka lured the ghost toward them with a hala and then used her powers to capture the spirit and rolled it up in part of Wahine’s loin cloth.
The traveling women used the bound ghost as a sort of divining rod to point the way toward her mortal remains. The trail led to the home of Kalu’e’a’s parents, where the girl’s dead body was still on display to be mourned.
Using even more of her divine powers Hi’iaka forced Kalu’e’a’s spirit back into her body, bringing the youngster back to life. As a bonus Hi’iaka also gave her hands, with no further obligation on her part.
Kalu’ea and her parents were ecstatic at being reunited and they served up an elaborate meal for Hi’iaka and Wahine. Hi’iaka ate by doing her by-now customary bit of having all the mortals close their eyes. Once again, when the humans were allowed to open their eyes again all the food meant for Hi’iaka had disappeared.
The next morning Hi’iaka and Wahine resumed their quest to reach Kaua’i. +++
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