Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of the grand and exciting Hawaiian epic about the goddesses Pele and Hi’iaka.
And so, as Hi’iaka’s revenge on her sister Pele, the volcano and fire goddess, she made sure that her first coupling with Prince Lohiau, the man both goddesses loved, took place right within Pele’s sight at the base of Mount Kilauea. All of Pele’s other sisters had gathered around her to see the beautiful man named Lohiau. The fern goddess Pa’u’o’pala’e and the mortal woman Wahine, whom Hi’iaka had sent on ahead, entered Pele’s tempestuous presence.
Pele raged at the two women, demanding to know why the quest to reach and return from Lohiau’s home of Kauai had taken so long. Pa’u’o’pala’e, as a sister goddess, replied to Pele that no matter what had caused the delay Lohiau had arrived and was at the foot of Mount Kilauea with Hi’iaka.
As Pele and all those assembled around her looked down they saw Hi’iaka and Lohiau rubbing noses and then falling to the ground in each other’s arms. All of Pele’s sisters involuntarily remarked upon what a perfect man Prince Lohiau was. Nothing but shocked silence overcame them all as Hi’iaka and Lohiau began openly making love.
Pele roared with anger and ordered Pa’u’o’pala’e and Wahine to go and kill Prince Lohiau, then she would deal with Hi’iaka. The pair refused to murder the prince, so the enraged Pele unleashed her fiery fury on them, slaying them both.
Next the fire and volcano goddess turned to her other sisters and ordered them to kill Lohiau since she was loathe to murder her intended. The remaining sisters moved down the mountainside as slowly as they dared without provoking Pele.
By the time they reached the foot of Mount Kilauea, Hi’iaka and Prince Lohiau were basking in the afterglow. The approaching sisters of Pele were even more impressed with the prince’s manly charms and were even more reluctant to destroy him. To try to circumvent Pele’s orders they simply blew some ashes and cinders upon the resting lovers.
Hi’iaka and Lohiau rose to their feet and the goddess advised the prince to pray. Realizing the game Hi’iaka had played by choosing this particular location to have sex Lohiau protested that the feud was between the two goddesses and asked to be left out of it.
From above Pele roared that he would NOT be spared her vengeance. Again she commanded her court of sisters to kill the prince. Again they refused. Pele had had enough. She bellowed her rage to the heavens, screaming that she would destroy Hi’iaka, Prince Lohiau and all of the goddesses who refused to kill on Pele’s orders.
The fire and volcano goddess cried out to her father Kane on Hunamoku, his island in the clouds, and to Kanaloa, the sea god, and to all the other deities in the Hawaiian pantheon. Pele made it clear that she wanted blood, and all the other gods had better choose sides between her and her sister Hi’iaka. She would allow no neutrality. Anyone siding with Hi’iaka would be declaring themselves to be Pele’s enemy. +++
UP NEXT: THE FINAL CHAPTER OF THE EPIC TALE OF PELE AND HI’IAKA
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