Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
The rest of Hi’iaka and Wahine’s journey across the island of Molokai was uneventful. The goddess and her mortal traveling companion arrived in Kauna-ka-kai and from there secured passage to Oahu. The two men who crewed the ship were so awestruck by the beauty of Hi’iaka and Wahine that they left their own furious wives behind in their hurry to accommodate the pair of lovely ladies.
As the ship came within sight of Makapu’u, Hi’iaka greeted the goddess who dwelt in the now burned-out volcano. Makapu’u was one of the relatives Pele had banished while in her early wanderings, forcing Makapu’u and her husband the god of starvation to remain behind, eking out a miserable existence. The goddess replied courteously to Hi’iaka’s greeting.
Next Hi’iaka and Wahine disembarked and traveled on foot through Koolau. The goddess greeted the kupua (demi-goddess) Malei, whose only sustenance was burnt offerings from travelers passing through the desolate wasteland she ruled over. Malei had eight eyes and could appear in either plant, stone or humanoid form.
Eventually the savage, lashing rains common to Koolau began. Hi’iaka and Wahine were soaking wet and barely able to see a few feet in any direction. It was at this vulnerable moment that Mokoli’i, the mountain-sized mo’o monster, reared up in front of them, prepared to slay them. ++
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