KAMA PUA'A (The Pig Child)

A long time ago on the
Island of Oahu, lived
a powerful king whose son
was named Kama Pua'a.
This child was difficult,
to say the least.
He was always chasing
away his father's livestock
and tearing up the royal taro patches. His
father swore that if he
ever caught him,
he would kill him.
To save himself,
Kama Pua'a fled Oahu and
moved to Maui and
married Madame Pele,
the fiery goddess.
They were in love and
soon had a son.

A sad event occurred;
the son died. Madame Pele,
as fiery as she was, went
into a rage and started
chasing Kama Pua'a. To
escape, he started running
down the slopes of Haleakala,
towards the sea.
When he did this, he turned
into a giant hog.
With Madame Pele gaining,
Kama Pua'a called to
his grandmother on Oahu,
"Grandma, Grandma,what should I do?"

His grandmother answered his call,
"Leap into the ocean and
you shall save yourself."
When he got to the bottom
at Pa'uwela, he leaped
into the ocean and
changed into a fish.
This ended his emotional
experience with Madame Pele.
Thus Pa'uwela, which means
"calming of emotions", was named.
The fish that Kama Pua'a
turned into was a
Humuhumunukunukuapua'a;
a fish with a pig snout.
And today,that fish is the
Hawaiian state fish.






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