THE MAID OF THE GOLDEN CLOUD
These boats were made in the forests
of Waolani. When the menehunes
finished their boat they carried
it down Nuuanu Valley to Puunui.
There they rested and many of the
little folk came to help,
taking the canoe down, step by
step, to the mouth of the
Nuuanu stream, where they
had the aid of the river
to the ocean.
The menehunes left the boat
floating in the water and went
back to Waolani. Of the fairy
people it was said: "No task is
difficult. It is the
work of one hand."
On the way down Nuuanu Valley
the menehunes came to Ka-opua-ua
(storm cloud). They heard the
shouting of other people and
hurried along until they met the
Namunawa people, the eepas,
carrying a boat, pushing it down.
When they told the eepas that the
chief had already started on his
journey with double canoes,
the eepas left their boat there
to slowly decay, but it is
said that it lasted many centuries.
The people who made this boat
were the second class of the
little people living at Waolani,
having the characters of human beings,
yet having also the power of the
fairy people. These were the men
of the time of Kane and the gods.
Kahanai and his friends were in
their boat when a strong wind swept
down Nuuanu, carrying the dry leaves
of the mountains and sweeping them
into the sea. The waves were white
as the boat was blown out into the
ocean. Kahanai steered by magic
power, and the boat like lightning
swept away from the islands to the
homes of Ku. and Hina. The strong
wind and the swift current were
with the boat, and the voyage was
through the waves like swift
lightning flashing through clouds.
Ku and Hiilei saw the boat coming.
Its signs were in the heavens.
Ku came and asked the travellers,
"What boat is this, and from what
place has it come?"
Kahanai said, "This boat has
come from Waolani, the home of
the gods Kane and Kanaloa and
Then Ku asked again, "Whose child are you?"
He replied, "The son of Ku and Hina."
"How many other children in your family?"
He said: " There are three of us. I
am the boy and there are two sisters,
Paliula and Ke-ao-mele-mele. I have
been sent by Ke-ao-mele-mele
to get Kau-mai-liula and
Kau-lana-iki-pokii to go to Oahu."
Ku and his wife agreed to the
call of the messenger for their
When Kahanai saw him he knew
that there was no other one so
fine as this young man who quickly
consented to go to Oahu with his servants.
Ku called for some beautiful red boats
with red sails, red paddles,-everything red.
Four good boatmen were provided for each boat,
men who came from the land of Ulu-nui-the
land of the yellow sea and the black
sea of Kane--and obeyed the call of Mo-o-inanea.
They had kupua power. They were
relatives of Kane and Kanaloa.
The daughter of Hina and Olopana,
Kau-lana-iki-pokii, cried to go with
her brother, but Mo-o-inanea called for
her dragon family to make a boat for
her and ordered one of the sorcerer dragons
to go with her and guard her. They called
the most beautiful shells of the sea to
become the boats for the girl and her
attendants. They followed the boats of
Kahanai. With one stroke of the paddles
the boats passed through the seas around
the home of the gods. With the second
stroke they broke through all the
boundaries of the great ocean and with
the third dashed into the harbor
of old Honolulu, then known as Kou.
When the boats of Kahanai and
Kau-mai-liula came to the surf of
Mamala, there was great shouting
inland of Kou, the voices of the
eepas of Waolani. Mists and rainbows
rested over Waolani. The menehunes
gathered in great multitudes at the
call of Kane, who had seen
the boats approaching.
The menehune people ran down to
lift up the boats belonging to the
young chief. They made a line from
Waolani to the sea. They lifted up
the boats and passed them from
hand to hand without any effort,
shouting with joy.
While these chiefs were going up
to Waolani, Ke-ao-mele-mele
came from Hawaii in her cloud boats.
Kane had told the menehunes to
prepare houses quickly for her.
It was done like the motion of the eye.
Ke-ao-mele-mele entered her house,
rested, and after a time
practiced the hula.
The chiefs also had houses
prepared, which they entered.
The shell boats found difficulty
in entering the bay because the
other boats were in the way.
So they turned off to the
eastern side of the harbor.
Thus the ancient name of that
side was given Ke-awa-lua
(the second harbor, or the
second landing-place in the harbor).
Here they landed very quietly.
The shell boats became very small
and Kau-lana and her companions took
them and hid them in their clothes.
They went along the beach, saw some
fish. The attendants took them for
the girl. This gave the name
Kau-lana-iki-pokii to that
place to this day. As they
went along, the dragon friend
made the signs of a high chief
appear over the girl. The red rain
and arching bow were over her,
so the name was given to that place,
Ka-ua-koko-ula (blood rain),
which is the name to this day.
The dragon changed her body and
carried the girl up Nuuanu Valley
very swiftly to the house
of Ke-ao-mele-mele (the maiden
of the golden cloud) without the
knowledge of Kane and the others.
They heard the hula of Ke-ao-mele-mele.
Soon she felt that some one was outside,
and looking saw the girl and her
friend, with the signs of a
chief cover her.
So she called:
"Is that you, O eye of the day?
O lightning-like eye from Kahiki,
The remembered one coming to me.
The strong winds have been blowing,
Trembling comes into my breast,
A stranger perhaps is outside,
A woman whose sign is the fog,
A stranger and yet my young sister,
The flower of the divine home-land,
The wonderful land of the setting sun
Going down into the deep blue sea.
You belong to the white ocean of Kane,
You are Kau-lana-iki-pokii,
The daughter of the sunset,
The woman coming in the mist,
In the thunder and the flash of lightning
Quivering in the sky above.
Light falls on the earth below.
The sign of the chiefess,
The woman high up in the heavens,
Enter, enter, here am I."
Those outside heard the call and
understood that Ke-ao-mele-mele
knew who they were. They entered
and saw her in all the beauty of
her high divine Wood.
They kissed. Kau-lana told how
she had come. Ke-ao-mele-mele
told the dragon to go
and stay on the mountain by the
broken pali at the head of Nuuanu
Valley. So she went to the precipice
and became the watchman of that place.
She was the first dragon on the islands.
She watched with magic power. Later,
Mo-o-inanea came with many dragons to
watch over the islands. Ke-ao-mele-mele
taught her young sister the
different hulas and meles, so
that they were both alike
in their power.
When the young men heard hula
voices in the other houses they
thought they would go and see the
dancers. At the hour of twilight
Waolani shook as if in an earthquake,
and there was thunder and lightning.
The young men and Anuenue went
to the house and saw the girls dancing,
and wondered how Kau-lana had come
from the far-off land.
Ke-ao-mele-mele foretold the future
for the young people. She told Kau-lana
that she would never marry, but should
have magic medicine power for all coming
days, and Kahanai should have the
power over all customs of priests
and sorcerers and knowledge of
sacrifices, and should be the
bosom friend of the medicine-goddess.
She said that they would all go to
Waipio, Hawaii. Kane, Kanaloa,
and Anuenue approved of her commands.
Ke-ao-mele-mele sent Kau-lana to
Hawaii to tell Paliula to come
and live with them at Waipio
and find Kahanai once more.
Kau-lana hastened to Hawaii in her
shell boat. She called, "O my red
shell boat of the deep blue sea and
the black sea, come up to me."
The shell boat appeared on the surface
of the sea, floating. The girl was
carried swiftly to Hawaii. There
she found Waka and Paliula and
took them to Waipio. They lived
for a time there, then all went
to Waolani to complete the
marriage of Ke-ao-mele-mele
Kane sent Waka and Anuenue for
Ku and Hiilei, Hina and Olopana
with Mo-o-inanea to come to Oahu.
Mo-o-inanea prepared large
ocean-going canoes for the two
families, but she and her people
went in their magic boats.
Mo-o-inanea told them they would
never return to these lands, but
should find their future
home in Hawaii.
Waka went on Ku's boat, Anuenue
was with Hina. Ku and his friends
looked back, the land was almost lost;
they soon saw nothing until the
mountains of Oahu appeared
They landed at Heeia on the northern
side of the Nuuanu precipice,
went over to Waolani, and met
all the family who had come before.
Before Mo-o-inanea left her land
she changed it, shutting up
all the places where her family
had lived. She told all her
kupua dragon family to come with
her to the place where the gods
had gone. Thus she made the old
lands entirely different from any
other lands, so that no other
persons but gods or ghosts
could live in them.
Then she rose up to come away.
The land was covered with rainclouds,
heavy and black. The land disappeared
and is now known as
"The Hidden Land of Kane."
She landed on Western Oahu, at
Waialua, so that place became
the home of the dragons, and
it was filled with the dragons
from Waialua to Ewa.
This was the coming of dragons
to the Hawaiian Islands.
At the time of the marriage of
Ke-ao-mele-mele and Kau-mai-liula,
the Beautiful Daughter of Sunset came
from the island Hawaii bringing the
two trees Makalei and Makuukao,
which prepared cooked food and
fish. When she heard the call to
the marriage she came with the trees.
Makalei brought great multitudes
of fish from all the ocean to the
Koo-lau-poko side of the island Oahu.
The ocean was red with the fish.
Makuukao came to Nuuanu Valley with
Kau-lana, entered Waolani,
and provided plenty of food.
Then Makalei started to
come up from the sea.
Kau-lana-iki-pokii told the gods
and people that there must not be any
noise when that great tree came
up from the sea. They must hear
and remain silent.
When the tree began to come to
the foot of the pali, the menehunes
and eepas were astonished and began
to shout with a great voice, for
they thought this was a mighty
kupua from Kahiki coming
to destroy them.
When they had shouted, Makalei
fell down at the foot of the pali
near Ka-wai-nui, and lies there to this day.
So this tree never came to Waolani
and the fish were scattered
around the island.
Kau-lana's wrath was very great,
and he told Kane and the others to
punish these noisy ones, to take
them away from this wonderful
valley of the gods. He said,
"No family of these must dwell
on Waolani." Thus the fairies
and the gnomes were driven away
and scattered over the islands.
For a long time the Maiden of the
Golden Cloud and her husband,
Twilight Resting in the Sky,
ruled over all the islands even
to the mysterious lands of the ocean.
When death came they laid aside their
human bodies and never made use of
them again-but as aumakuas,
or ghost-gods, they assumed their
divine forms, and in the skies,
over the mountains and valleys,
they have appeared for hundreds
of years watching over and
cheering their descendants.
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