Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Epic Tale of Hiiakaikapoliopele

The Epic Tale of Hiiakaikapoliopele

This ancient saga begins with the goddess Pele’s migration to Kīlauea and her spirit’s search for a lover. The story then details the quest of Pele’s younger sister, Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, to find the handsome Lohi‘auipo, and bring him back to their crater home. It is a very human account of love and lust, jealousy and justice, peopled with deities, demons, chiefs and commoners.

This version by Ho‘oulumāhie-hie ran from 1905 to 1906 as a daily series in the Hawaiian-language newspaper Ka Na’i Aupuni. It is the most extensive form of the story ever documented, offering a wealth of detail and insights about social and religious practices, poetry and hula, healing arts, and many other Hawaiian customs.

Author: Ho‘oulumahiehie; Translator: Nogelmeier, M. Puakea; Illustrator: Enos, Solomon;

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