Ka’ahupahau along with her brother Kahi’uka were
well-respected 'aumakua mano of Hawai’i.
They protected the kama’aina within the bays of Keawalau, Pu’uloa O’ahu against man-eating sharks, warning fishermen when these mano entered the bays. Ka’ahupahau was a beloved and respected shark goddess known for protecting her people;
may her stories and song be forever echoed across the lands of Hawai’i nei.
“Alahula Pu’uloa, he alahele na Ka’ahupahau”
Everywhere in Pu’uloa is the trail of Ka’ahupahau.
Manaiakalani, the magical and mythical fishhook of Mauiakalana. This hook, sometimes referred to as Kamakaunuiamaui, has ties to many different mo’olelo throughout Polynesia. In Hawai’i, it is commonly credited for the pulling up of the islands, capturing the sun, forming a constellation and hollowing out the crater in Palolo Valley. In this particular mo’olelo, Maui was determined to unite the islands into one. He cast Manaiakalani far out across the ocean into the foundation of Kaua’i. Maui tugged at the line in hopes of uniting the islands; instead, a huge boulder known as Pohaku o Kaua’i fell at his feet. Manaiakalani, now unattached to the line, fell into Palolo Valley and hollowed out the crater, making Palolo its final resting place.
"The bold and magical girl of the rarified atmosphere, the one who flew here like a lightning strike in the east and whose brilliance ran to the edges of the earth, the one who tread the Pacific Ocean's billows, whose royal eyes are adorned by dark clouds and whose dwelling twirls night and day on the fringes of the wind."
This beautiful moolelo of Keaomelemele is the inspiration for this collection. Translated by Mary Kawena Pukui from the story by Moses Manu.
Keaomelemele lived in the mythical land of Kealohilani, the revolving house in the heavens. She is the beautiful daughter of Ku and Hinawelelani. Reared by her ancestress, Mooinanea. It was because of Keaomelemele that the great mountain, Konahuanui was shook, separating it from Waolani.
Pa’uohi’iaka is a native beach vine, with delicate light blue or white star-shaped flowers and oval leaves.
Pele loved to surf. Some of her favorite places to surf, as told by my kupuna, were at Ka’ena and Pua’ena on O’ahu’s North Shore. As the mo’olelo goes, Pele the older sister of Hi’iaka returned from a long day of surfing to find Hi’iaka asleep on the beach, covered by this vine. It is said that Pa’uohi’iaka had grown over Hi’iaka to protect her from the sun. Thus, earning the name Pa’u o Hi’iaka, “Skirt of Hi’iaka.”