Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
Hi’iaka and her mortal traveling companion the woman Wahine were startled to see the ghost of the dead Prince Lohiau roaming the cliffs above Haena. The ladies hadn’t known that the object of their quest had taken his own life a few weeks ago over his long separation from Pele, the volcano and fire goddess.
Hi’iaka and Wahine disemarked from the giant seashell ship that had brought them to the island of Kauai then watched as it shrunk back down to the size of a normal seashell. Next it rose into the sky to return to the chief deity Kane on Hunamoku, his island on a cloud.
When the travelers turned their gaze back to the cliffs above the port city of Haena, Lohiau’s spirit had vanished from sight. Hi’iaka and Wahine were determined to track it down and attempt to restore it to its body but thought it best to seek out the help of a seer first. The people of Haena were able to refer the ladies to the home of Malaeha’akoa, a seer who lived down the beach from the town.
The goddess and her companion followed the directions they were given and encountered Malaeha’akoa – a crippled old man lying in the sand, fishing. Hi’iaka used her divine powers to make the man catch a fish. Sensing that he owed the spectacular catch to the goddess behind him Malaeha’akoa thanked her and his senses told him that it was Hi’iaka himself before him. He sang her praises to her so elaborately that she rewarded him by restoring his ability to walk.
Malaeha’akoa gleefully led the ladies to his home where he shared the miracle of his restored mobility with his wife. The pair decided to show Hi’iaka proper homage with a feast before attending to her mission. An elaborate meal of dog was laid out, Hi’iaka did her usual parlor trick of “you mortals close your eyes and … alakazam, my share of the food is gone!” +++
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