Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
On the island of Kauai the goddess Hi’iaka and her female mortal companion Wahine prepared to launch their assault on the cavern lair of the evil sorceresses named Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u. The entrance to that cavern was nearly inaccessible, since it was basically just a large hole on the side of a steep mountain hundreds of feet up.
Hi’iaka and Wahine needed to reach the cave to free the corpse of Prince Lohiau from the clutches of the sorceresses so that it (the corpse) could be reunited with its wandering spirit, thus restoring life to Lohiau, the chosen mate of Hi’iaka’s sister Pele, the fire and volcano goddess. (Meanwhile, Megan’s love for Stan is still unrequited since he is obsessed with his sexy new neighbor Samantha, not realizing she is his mother’s murderer Sam after a sex-change operation …)
When our two heroines began to climb the sheer cliff wall the sorceresses used their dark magic to create winds strong enough to knock them back to the ground. After repeatedly being hindered by this maneuver Hi’iaka used her divine powers to make Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u so sensitive to sunlight that they had to retreat to the furthest reaches of their cave to avoid the burning pain.
Now free to climb up the cliff wall unobstructed by their foes Hi’iaka and Wahine made significant progress, slowed down only by the mortal Wahine’s need to rest periodically. Hi’iaka would need Wahine’s help to perform the resuscitation ritual on Lohiau so they both needed to climb. Eventually it became apparent that the duo would not reach the cavern entrance above them before night fell.
Rather than abandon her friend Wahine, Hi’iaka called out to the demigod Maui for help. Maui had long ago conquered and tamed the huge, flying sea-fish called the sun and had ordered it to move more slowly across the sky so that his mother would have more time to get her daily work done. This had permanently made the days last longer.
When Maui answered Hi’iaka’s cry the goddess asked him to please, for just this once, lengthen the day even more so that she and Wahine could reach the cavern entrance before Hi’iaka’s enchantment of the two sorceresses wore off.
Maui was happy to oblige and ordered his beast the sun to stop completely until Hi’iaka and Wahine reached the cavern entrance on the side of the cliff overlooking Haena. The sun, not wanting for Maui to once again lasso it with coconut vines and pummel it into submission, immediately did as it was told.
And so, our heroines finished their long, exhausting climb and as they reached their goal they profusely thanked Maui for his help. Maui graciously accepted their thanks then returned to his favorite pass-time of fishing up islands. The sun moved on and darkness entered the cave in time with Hi’iaka and Wahine as they approached their adversaries Kilioe and Kalanamainu’u. All four of them were braced for battle. ++
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