KANA, THE ROPE GRANDSON OF ULI
THE EXPERT OF HAWAII, AND THE MYSTERIOUS ONE WHO LOWERED THE FAMOUS PEAK OF HAUPU WHICH REACHED INTO THE HEAVENS—THE ONE WHO ALSO FETCHED THE SUN AT KUKULU O KAHIKI.
Hookaakaa ka Lani
Kakaa ka Iloli
Wehiwehi ka Mauna
Palamoa ka Opua
Hina ia i o Uli ala
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[The Heavens Turn
Rolling are the pangs of pregnancy
Bedecked are the mountains
Dense are the clouds
It is Hina and Uli is there
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(By the kindness of Hon. W. H. Rice of the Island Sun-Snatching Island.)
Uli (f) dwelt with Ku (m), born was Hakalani-leo (f), and she was called another name, Kuahuula. Kuahuula (f) dwelt with Haka (m), born was Kukahikapo (m), Halekamakamaole (m), Kuluakapo (m), Kukolukapo (m), Hanalolo (m), Ouwaikaaha (m), Paukukaula (m), Awepumaia (m), Kaeekowali (m), Pinawelewele (m), Niheu (m) and Kana. Uli (f) was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and she had a number of siblings. Manu (m) is from below in Milu, and Wakea (m) is from below in Papanuihanaumoku. They were high chiefs. Uli’s work was planting all growing things and making kapa.
Hakalani-leo (f) was one of the most beautiful women of her time, and her beauty was like that of the sun, and her skin was just like the feathers of the mamo, the oo, and the olokele, and the children who she gave birth to numbering eleven were all wondrous children, all except for Kana, and this is how they were wondrous. The ten children, they were each ten feet tall, and as for Niheu, he was five feet tall.
The eleven children were fierce competitors, and here is an example: There is a pond still in Hilo that is called Waiakea, and in it there was a single huge fish, an ulua, in that pond, and its size reached ten anana [distance between tips of fingers of opposite hands with arms extended], that being its length, and its circumference was one anana and one iwilei [distance from collarbone to tip of fingers with arm extended]; and each of the children except Niheu attempted to lift this great fish and couldn’t; but Niheu could do it without exertion. But let us move on to the story of Kana.
[This is how the story of Kana as given by Kauai’s William Hyde Rice begins. It runs in the Hoku o Hawaii from 2/27/1908 to 5/14/1908.]
(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/27/1908, p. 1)