Hiiaka calls out, “I stand up to leave…” 1862.


Hiiakaikapoliopele looks at her elder sisters who hang their heads down, they being the ones who were sent to fetch the man; they are the ones who hang their heads, and Hiiakaikapoliopele chants out thus:

Ke ku nei au e hele,
A lau ka maka ua nei ino,
E ka poe ino o lakou nei—e,
E mana ka ia’u e hele,
E hele no au—e,

[I stand up to leave,
Many are the faces of the evil ones,
O evil ones of them,
Let the mana be with me as I go,
I depart now,]

[Hiiakaikapoliopele is the only one of the Hiiaka sisters who will go to fetch Lohiau. All of her older sisters refuse. Did you check out today’s Mele Monday post at Bishop Museum? It seems to be a variant of this mele by Hiiaka. Click here to be taken to the post.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/2/1862, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika, Buke I, Helu 15, Aoao 1. Ianuari 2, 1862.

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