Life stages 15. Haumakaʻiole, 16. Palalauhala, and 17. Kāikōkō.1905.

[Found under: “KA MAKUAHINE PALEKA.”]

The famous saying of the Hawaiians said always in prayers of the old kahuna—”Haumakaiole, palalauhala a kaikoko;” it was those words that showed how long lived the ancient Hawaiians were. Because from the actual meaning of the word “haumakaiole,” it is the shriveling of a person’s eyes that is all wrinkly, which is why they are tiny like that of a rat’s, and that is the stage after gray-haired [poohina]; and elderly [elemakule] comes before gray-haired, but elemakule is the general stage for when a person becomes frail [palupalu].

And after an old and frail person passes the stage of “haumakaiole,” then that person enters into the stage “palalauhala,”and the idea behind that it is the very old age of a person if he continue to live, he cannot walk around by himself, should he not perhaps receive assistance; that is when the person lies constantly atop a mat, and sometimes the person is rolled up in a mat. Continue reading