Title: Legends of Ma-ui–a demi god of Polynesia
Year: 1910 (1910s)
Authors: Westervelt, William Drake, 1849- [from old catalog]
Subjects: Maui (Polynesian deity) Hina. [from old catalog] Folklore Folklore
Publisher: Honolulu, The Hawaiian gazette co., ltd.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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thical survival of the dayswhen of church and civil government there was noneand worship of the gods was practically unknown,but every man was a law unto himself, and also tothe other man, and quick retaliation followed any in-jury received. 11 II. MAUI THE FISHERMAN Oh the great fish hook of Maui ! Manai-i-ka-lani (Made fast to the heavens — its name;An earth-twisted cord ties the hook.Engulfed from the lofty Kauiki.Its bait the red billed Alae,The bird made sacred to Hina.It sinks far down to Hawaii,Struggling and painfully dying.Caught is the land under the water,Moated up, up to the surface,But Hina hid a wing of the birdAnd broke the land under the water.Below, was the bait snatched awayAnd eaten at once by the fishes,The Ulua of the deep muddy places. —Chant of Kualii, about A. D. 1700. 0^ NE of Mauis homes was near Kauiki, a placewell known throughout the Hawaiian Islandsbecause of its strategic importance. For manyyears it was the site of a fort around which fierce bat- 12
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Leaping to Swim to Cored Reefs. ties were fought by the natives of the island Maui,repelling the invasions of their neighbors from Ha-v^aii. Haleakala (the House of the Sun), the mountainfrom M^hich Maui the demi-god snared the sun, looksdown ten thousand feet upon the Kauiki headland.Across the channel from Haleakala rises Mauna Kea,The White Mountain—the snow-capped-—whichalmost all the year round rears its white head inmajesty among the clouds. In the snowy breakers of the surf which washes thebeach below these mountains, are broken coral reefs—the fishing grounds of the Hawaiians. Here nearKauiki, according to some Hawaiian legends, Mauismother Hina had her grass house and made and driedher kapa cloth. Even to the present day it is one ofthe few places in the islands where the kapa is stillpounded into sheets from the bark of the hibiscus andkindred trees. Here is a small bay partially reef-protected, overwhich year after year the moist clouds float and byday and by night cr
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