A Hawaiian Legend by a Hawaiian Native. A Legend of the Goddess Pele, Her Lover Lohiau and her Sister Hiiakaikapoliopele.
The crater of Kilauea on Hawaii, is the residence of the Goddess Pele. She had eight sisters, all called Hiiaka, with some distinguishing ending, as Hiiaka-noholae, (Hiiaka living on the headland), Hiiaka-wawahilani, (Hiiaka the heaven breaker,) Hiiakaikapoliopele, (Hiiaka in Pele’s heart) etc. The latter commonly called the Hiiaka is the heroine of this legend. Pele had also several brothers Kamohoalii, Lonomakua, Lonoonolii, etc.
All her brothers and sisters were subordinate to her, but Kamohoalii was her favorite brother and Hiiakaikapoliopele the favorite sister. Tradition is not very explicit as to the source of Kamohoalii’s power, but he has always been regarded as the very sacred royal brother of Pele. The brothers and sisters seem to have had great respect foreach other and never trespassed on one another’s privileges, or interfered with each other ‘s actions. Uwekahuna the high bluff of the crater walls beyond the sulphur banks is supposed to contain a large cave, his dwelling, and the bluff is known as “Ka-pali-kapu-o-Kamohoalii” (the tabu cliffs of Kamohoalii.) Smoke from volcanic fires has never been known to be blown against them. True believers stoutly insist that smoke could never by any possibility bend or be blown against it, as that would be a gross violation of the royal privileges of the sacred brother. Continue reading