Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
With the conclusion of the hours of romantic jockeying during the kilu competition, Hi’iaka and Prince Lohiau’s growing passion for each other was evident to all. Princess Pele’ula, one of Lohiau’s former flames, was inwardly seething at her failed attempt to reclaim his heart.
This might have caused trouble for Hi’iaka, the Prince and the mortal woman Wahine if not for Hi’iaka’s quick thinking. The goddess used her divine power to transport herself and her two mortal traveling companions far away from Pele’ula’s realm in what is now Honolulu. In their place she left three images of herself, Lohiau and Wahine, fooling the Princess and her subjects into thinking they were still there at the kilu festival until the illusions evaporated nearly an hour later.
By that time our three main characters were trudging through the plains of Kula’okau’a and eventually into the boulder-strewn, labyrinthine area of Kaimuki. A tribe of the little people called the Menehune (the Hawaiian version of elves and dwarves) called the territory home and provided a few guides to Hi’iaka and her companions.
The route the Menehune led the travelers along took them past Wailupe and Nui and finally to Kuliouou, where the elfin guides said goodbye to Hi’iaka and company and returned to their people. While passing through Kuliouou Prince Lohiau and Wahine informed Hi’iaka that they were very hungry so the goddess approached a nearby group of women.
Those women were catching fish and small crabs so Hi’iaka asked them for some of the catch to feed her two fellow wayfarers. The women sarcastically refused and taunted Hi’iaka that she should do her own fishing if she wanted her friends to eat. Hi’iaka could not let such disrespect go unpunished so she struck the women dead and allowed Lohiau and Wahine to help themselves to the fish and crabs.
While the two mortals were cooking and eating their meal, Hi’iaka wandered off to pay her respects to two other deities in the vicinity. The first of those gods was Ihihilau, the god of the ancient volcano which, even back then was so old it was nothing but a cinderless cone. The second divinity was Nono’ula, the goddess of a small freshwater spring.
By the time Hi’iaka returned to Wahine and the prince the mortals were done eating and the threesome journeyed on to the sea shore. The beauty of Hi’iaka and Wahine as usual attracted plenty of canoe-men willing to transport them to their next destination. The goddess made arrangements with the most courteous of the crews and soon she and her friends were on a ship bound for the island of Molokai. ++
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