Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
After the feast of dog meat served up by their mortal hosts, Hi’iaka and Wahine engaged in conversation with those hosts regarding some of the gods of Hawaii. They discussed Kahikona, the god of fishermen … Limaloa, the god of mirages and illusions … And Nomaka’o, the goddess who was the older sister of Pele but had been reduced to serving as Pele’s chambermaid after being conquered by the volcano and fire goddess.
Eventually the ladies went to sleep, as did the seer Malaeha’akoa and his wife, in whose Kauai home the travelers were staying.
The next morning etiquette permitted Malaeha’akoa to ask his honored guests what had brought them to his home. He was grateful to Hi’iaka for restoring his ability to walk and was anxious to offer her any help he could. The goddess explained the quest she and the mortal woman Wahine had come on – to secure and escort Kauai’s Prince Lohiau back to the Big Island of Hawaii to be the mate of the goddess Pele. Yet upon arriving on Kauai they had spotted the spirit of Lohiau roaming the cliffs above the village of Haena.
The seer Malaeha’akoa informed Hi’iaka that the prince had taken his own life weeks earlier in his passionate longing for Pele. He accompanied the traveling ladies to the resting place of Lohiau’s dead body. With the permission and accompaniment of the late prince’s sister Kahuanui, near whose home the tomb vault was located, that resting place was investigated.
The party discovered to their horror that the body was gone. Malaeha’akoa’s abilities told him that the body had been stolen by two evil sorceresses – Kiloe and Kalanamainu’u – who had often tried to woo Prince Lohiau when he was alive. Hi’iaka knew that if there was to be any hope of mystically restoring the prince’s wandering spirit to its body then that mortal frame MUST be found quickly.
It might already be too late. The forces of decay may have permanently deformed Lohiau’s once-splendid body, or the two sorceress’ may have eaten the body by now. There was speculation that Kiloe and Kalanamainu’u may have stolen the corpse for darker purposes: to use as a lover since this man they desired had always resisted them in life.
As grim as that prospect was, Hi’iaka shocked everyone by stating that she actually hoped that Lohiau’s body had indeed been taken to serve as a sex partner for the two sorceresses. At least that would mean they were using their magic on the corpse to preserve it and retain its attractiveness. There might yet be hope of reuniting Lohiau’s spirit and body, thus restoring life to the prince.
Hi’iaka asked where the lair of Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u was located. The seer Malaeha’akoa led Hi’iaka, Wahine and Lohiau’s sister Kahuanui out of the burial place and pointed to a hole in the jagged cliffs overlooking Haena. It was in that all but inaccessible hiding place that the two sorceresses lived, safe from any approach by the mere mortals of the region.
With grim determination Hi’iaka and her companion Wahine prepared for an assault on the cavern lair of Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u. +++
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