Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
Hi’iaka, her mortal friend Wahine and the freshly-resurrected Prince Lohiau soaked in the praise of the throng surrounding them on the beach beneath the cliffs overlooking Haena. That crowd of Lohiau’s family and subjects felt a certain bittersweet elation. They knew that, though their prince had been restored to life they were about to figuratively lose him again when he moved away to the Big Island to become the mate of the volcano and fire goddess Pele.
Eventually Hi’iaka led Prince Lohiau and the mortal woman Wahine through the rejoicing mob so that they could refresh themselves with the feel of the ocean waves. The trio froliced in the water for a time, then Lohiau could restrain himself no longer. He grabbed the first available surfboard and paddled out to enjoy some surfing. (Many figures in Hawaiian myths surf – even the deities.)
As luck would have it, this stretch of beach on Kauai was reserved for the use of royalty so the prince had the waves all to himself as he surfed to his heart’s content. When that was completed, all present headed for the home of Lohiau’s sister Kahuanui for a feast to celebrate her brother’s return.
Word was sent throughout Kauai that the prince was alive again and that a magnificent party was to be thrown for him and for the two beautiful women who had saved him – one of them a goddess.
When the day of that banquet arrived the usual screens were set up for the gods and food set up behind them so that the gods could come and eat free of mortal observation. Hi’iaka ate with the mortals but did her usual trick of having all of them close their eyes and upon reopening them all the food served to her would be gone.
Lohiau’s friend Pa’oa was overcome with emotion at the prince’s resurrection and renounced his previous cursing of the goddess Pele for having so bewitched Lohiau that he hanged himself out of longing for her. Pa’oa wanted to travel with his old friend to the Big Island of Hawaii but Prince Lohiau talked him out of it. He designated Pa’oa to rule the island of Kauai in his absence.
Eventually the morning for departure arrived and Hi’iaka, Wahine and Lohiau made ready for the return trip to the Big Island. Hi’iaka and the prince were becoming increasingly distracted by each other’s presence, foreshadowing what was to come. ++
I’LL CONTINUE THE STORY SOON. CHECK BACK ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK FOR UPDATES.
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