THE MAID OF THE GOLDEN CLOUD
THE MAID OF THE GOLDEN CLOUD
THE Hawaiians never found gold
in their islands. The mountains
being of recent volcanic origin
do not show traces of the precious
metals; but hovering over the
mountain-tops clustered the
glorious golden clouds built
up by damp winds from the seas.
The Maiden of the Golden Cloud
belonged to the cloud mountains
and was named after their
Her name in the Hawaiian tongue
was Ke-ao-mele-mele (The Golden Cloud).
She was said to be one of the
first persons brought
by the gods to find a home
in the Paradise of the Pacific.
In the ancient times, the ancestors
of the Hawaiians came from far-off
ocean lands, for which they had
different names, such as The
Shining Heaven, The Floating
Land of Kane, The Far-off
White Land of Kahiki, and
Kuai-he-lani. It was from
Kuai-he-lani that the Maiden
of the Golden Cloud was called
to live in Hawaii.
In this legendary land lived
Mo-o-inanea (self-reliant dragon).
She cared for the first children
of the gods, one of whom was named
Hina, later known in Polynesian
mythology as Moon Goddess.
Mo-o-inanea took her to Ku,
one of the gods. They lived
together many years and a
family of children came to them.
Two of the great gods of
Polynesia, Kane and Kanaloa,
had found a beautiful place
above Honolulu on Oahu,
one of the Hawaiian Islands.
Here they determined to
build a home for the
first-born child of Hina.
Thousands of eepa (gnome)
people lived around this place,
which was called Waolani.
The gods had them build a
temple which was also called
Waolani (divine forest).
When the time came for the
birth of the child, clouds
and fogs crept over the land,
thunder rolled and lightning
flashed, red torrents poured
down the hillsides, strong
winds hurled the rain through
bending trees, earthquakes
shook the land, huge waves
rolled inland from the sea.
Then a beautiful boy was born.
All these signs taken together
signified the birth of a chief
of the highest degree--
even of the family of the gods.
Kane and Kanaloa sent their
sister Anuenue (rainbow)
to get the child of Ku
and Hina that they might
care for it. All three
should be the caretakers.
Anuenue went first to the
place where Mo-o-inanea dwelt,
to ask her if it would be right.
Mo-o-inanea said she might go,
but if they brought up that
child he must not have a wife
from any of the women of
(great wide Hawaii).
Anuenue asked, "Suppose I
get that child; who is
to give it the proper name?"
Mo-o-inanea said: "You bring
the child to our brothers
and they will name this child.
They have sent you, and the
responsibility of the name
rests on them."
Anuenue said good-by, and in
the twinkling of an eye stood
at the door of the house
where Ku dwelt.
Ku looked outside and saw
the bright glow of the rainbow,
but no cloud or rain, so he
called Hina. "Here is a
strange thing. You must come
and look at it. There is no rain
and there are no clouds or mist,
but there is a rainbow at our door."
They went out, but Anuenue had
changed her rainbow body and stood
before them as a very beautiful
woman, wrapped only in the
colors of the rainbow.
Ku and Hina began to shiver
with a nameless terror as they
looked at this strange maiden.
They faltered out a welcome,
asking her to enter their house.
As she came near to them Ku said,
"From what place do you come?"
Anuenue said: "I am from the sky,
a messenger sent by my brothers
to get your child that they may
bring it up. When grown, if the
child wants its parents, we
will bring it back. If it
loves us it shall stay with us."
Hina bowed her head and Ku
wailed, both thinking seriously
for a little while. Then Ku said:
"If Mo-o-inanea has sent you she
shall have the child. You may
take this word to her."
Anuenue replied: "I have just
come from her and the word I
brought you is her word. If
I go away I shall not come again."
Hina said to Ku: "We must
give this child according to her word.
It is not right to
Anuenue took the child and studied
the omens for its future, then she
said, "This child is of the very
highest, the flower on the
top of the tree."
She prepared to take the child
away, and bade the parents farewell.
She changed her body into the old
rainbow colors shining out of a mist,
then she wrapped the child in the
rainbow, bearing it away.
Ku and Hina went out looking up
and watching the cloud of rainbow
colors floating in the sky.
Strong, easy winds blew and
carried this cloud out over
the ocean. The navel-string
had not been cut off, so Anuenue
broke off part and threw it into
the ocean, where it became
the Hee-makoko, a blood-red squid.
This is the legendary origin
of that kind of squid.
Anuenue passed over many islands,
coming at last to Waolani to the
temple built by the gnomes under
Kane and Kanaloa. They consecrated
the child, and cut off another part
of the navel-cord. Kanaloa took
it to the Nuuanu pali back of
Honolulu, to the place called
Kaipu-o-Lono. Kane and Kanaloa
consulted about servants to live
with the boy, and decided that
they must have only ugly ones, who
would not be desired as wives
by their boy. Therefore they
gathered together the lame,
crooked, deformed, and blind
among the gnome people. There
were hundreds of these living
in different homes, and performing
different tasks. Anuenue was the
ruler over all of them. This child
was named Kahanai-a-ke-Akua
(the one adopted by the gods).
He was given a very high tabu by
Kane and Kanaloa. No one was
allowed to stand before him and
no person's shadow could
fall upon him.
Hina again conceived. The signs
of this child appeared in the
heavens and were seen on Oahu.
Kane wanted to send Lanihuli
and Waipuhia, their daughters,
living near the pali
of Waolani and Nuuanu.
The girls asked where
they should go.
Kane said: "We send you to
the land Kuai-he-lani, a land
far distant from Hawaii, to get
the child of Hina. If the parents
ask you about your journey, tell
them you have come for the child.
Tell our names and refer to
Mo-o-inanea. You must now
look at the way by which
to go to Kuai-he-lani.
They looked and saw a great
bird--Iwa. They got on this
bird and were carried far up in
the heavens. By and by the bird
called two or three times. The
girls were frightened and looking
down saw the bright shining land
Kuai-he-lani below them. The
bird took them to the door
of Ku's dwelling-place.
Ku and Hina were caring for a
beautiful girl-baby. They
looked up and saw two fine
women at their door. They
invited them in and asked
whence they came and why
The girls told them they
were sent by the gods Kane
and Kanaloa. Suddenly a new
voice was heard. Mo-o-inanea
was by the house. She called
to Ku and to Hina, telling
them to give the child into
the hands of the strangers,
that they might take her to
Waka, a great priestess, to be
brought up by her in the ohia
forests of the island of Hawaii.
She named that girl Paliula,
and explained to the
parents that when Paliula
should grow up, to be married,
the boy of Waolani should be her
husband. The girls then took the babe.
They were all carried by the bird,
Iwa, far away in the sky to Waolani,
where they told Kane and Kanaloa
the message or prophecy
The gods sent Iwa with the
child to Waka, on Hawaii, to
dwelling-place in the
districts of Hilo and Puna
where she was caring for all
kinds of birds in the branches
of the trees and among the flowers.
Waka commanded the birds to
build a house for Paliula.
This was quickly done. She
commanded the bird Iwa to go
to Nuumea-lani, a far-off
land above Kuai-he-lani,
the place where Mo-o-inanea
was now living.
It was said that Waka,
by her magic power, saw in
that land two trees, well cared
for by multitudes of servants;
the name of one was "Makalei."
This was a tree for fish. All
kinds of fish would go to it.
The second was "Kalala-ika-wai."
This was the tree used for
getting all kinds of food.
Call this tree and food
Waka wanted Mo-o-inanea
to send these trees to Hawaii.
Mo-o-inanea gave these trees to
Iwa, who brought them to Hawaii
and gave them to Waka.
Waka rejoiced and took
care of them. The bird went
back to Waolani, telling Kane
and Kanaloa all the journey
from first to last.
The gods gave the girls
resting-places in the fruitful
lands under the shadow of
the beautiful Nuuanu precipices.
Waka watched over Paliula
until she grew up, beautiful
like the moon of
Mahea-lani (full moon).
The fish tree, Makalei,
which made the fish of all
that region tame, was planted by
the side of running water, in very
restful places spreading all along
the river-sides to the seashore.
Fish came to every stream where the
trees grew, and filled the waters.
The other tree was planted and
brought prepared food for Paliula.
The hidden land where this place
was has always been called Paliula,
a beautiful green spot-a home
for fruits and flowers and
birds in a forest wilderness.
When Paliula had grown up,
Waka went to Waolani to meet
Kane, Kanaloa, and Anuenue.
There she saw Kahanai-a-ke-Akua
(the boy brought up by the gods)
and desired him for Paliula's husband.
There was no man so splendid and
no woman so beautiful as these
two. The caretakers decided
that they must be husband and wife.
Waka returned to the island
Hawaii to prepare for the
coming of the people from Waolani.
Waka built new houses finer
and better than the first, and
covered them with the yellow
feathers of the Mamo bird with
the colors of the rainbow resting
over. Anuenue had sent some
of her own garments of rainbows.
Then Waka went again to Waolani
to talk with Kane and Kanaloa
and their sister Anuenue.
They said to her: "You return,
and Anuenue will take Kahanai
and follow. When the night of
their arrival comes, lightning
will play over all the mountains
above Waolani and through the
atmosphere all around the temple,
even to Hawaii. After a while,
around your home the leaves of
the trees will dance and sing and
the ohia-trees themselves bend
back and forth shaking their
beautiful blossoms. Then you
may know that the Rainbow
Maiden and the boy are by
your home on the
island of Hawaii.
Waka returned to her home in
the tangled forest above Hilo.
There she met her adopted daughter
and told her about the coming
of her husband.
Soon the night of rolling
thunder and flashing lightning came.
The people of all the region
around Hilo were filled with
fear. Kane-hekili (flashing
lightning) was a miraculous
body which Kane had assumed.
He had gone before the boy
and the rainbow, flashing
his way through the heavens.
The gods had commanded
Kane-hekili to dwell in
the heavens in all places
wherever the gods desired
him to be, so that he could
go wherever commanded.
He always obeyed without questioning.
The thunder and lightning played
over ocean and land while the sun
was setting beyond the islands
in the west.
After a time the trees bent
over, the leaves danced and
chanted their songs. The flowers
made a glorious halo as they
swayed back and forth
in their dances.
Kane told the Rainbow Maiden
to take their adopted child
When she was ready, she heard
her brothers calling the names
of trees which were to go with her
on her journey. Some of the legends
say that Laka, the hula-god,
was dancing before the two.
The tree people stood before
the Rainbow Maiden and the boy,
ready to dance all the way
to Hawaii. The tree people
are always restless and in
ceaseless motion. The gods told
them to sing together and dance.
Two of the tree people were women,
Ohia and Lamakea. Lamakea is a
native whitewood tree. There
are large trees at Waialae in
the mountains of the island Oahu.
Ohia is a tree always full of
fringed red blossoms. They
were very beautiful in their
wind bodies. They were kupuas,
or wizards, and could be moving
trees or dancing women
as they chose.
The Rainbow Maiden took the boy
in her arms up into the sky,
and with the tree people went
on her journey. She crossed
over the islands to the mountains
of the island Hawaii, then went
down to find Paliula.
She placed the tree people
around the house to dance
and sing with soft
Waka heard the chants of
the tree people and opened
the door of the glorious house,
calling for Kahanai to come in.
When Paliula saw him, her heart
fluttered with trembling delight,
for she knew this splendid youth
was the husband selected by Waka,
the prophetess. Waka called the
two trees belonging to Paliula
to bring plenty of fish and food.
Then Waka and Anuenue left their
adopted children in the
wonderful yellow feather house.
The two young people, when left
together, talked about their
birthplaces and their parents.
Paliula first asked Kahanai about
his land and his father and mother.
He told her that he was the child of
Ku and Hina from Kuai-he-lani,
brought up by Kane and the
other gods at Waolani.
The girl went out and asked
Waka about her parents, and
learned that this was her
first-born brother, who was
to be her husband because they
had very high divine blood.
Their descendants would be
the chiefs of the people. This
marriage was a command from
parents and ancestors
She went into the house,
telling the brother who
she was, and the wish
of the gods.
After ten days they were
married and lived together
a long time.
At last, Kahanai desired to
travel all around Hawaii. In this
journey he met Poliahu, the
white-mantle girl of Mauna Kea,
the snow-covered mountain
of the island Hawaii.
Meanwhile, in Kuai-he-lani,
Ku and Hina were living together.
One day Mo-o-inanea called to Hina,
telling her that she would be the
mother of a more beautiful and
wonderful child than her other two
children. This child should live in
the highest places of the heavens and
should have a multitude of bodies
which could be seen at night
as well as in the day.
Mo-o-inanea went away to
Nuumea-lani and built a very
wonderful house in Ke-alohi-lani
(shining land), a house always
turning around by day and by night
like the ever moving clouds, indeed,
it was built of all kinds of clouds
and covered with fogs. There she made
a spring of flowing water and put it
outside for the coming child to have
as a bath. There she planted the seeds
of magic flowers, Kanikawi and Kanikawa,
legendary plants of old Hawaii.
Then she went to Kuai-he-lani and
found Ku and Hina asleep. She
took a child out of the top of
the head of Hina and carried
it away to the new home, naming
it Ke-ao-mele-mele (the yellow cloud),
the Maiden of the Golden Cloud,
a wonderfully beautiful girl.
No one with a human body was
permitted to come to this land
of Nuumea-lani. No kupuas were
allowed to make trouble
for the child.
The ao-opua (narrow-pointed clouds)
were appointed watchmen
the Maiden of the Golden Cloud.
All the other clouds were servants:
the ao-opua-kakahiaka (morning clouds),
ao-opua-ahiahi (evening clouds),
ao-opua-aumoe (night clouds),
ao-opua-kiei (peeking clouds),
ao-opua-aha-lo (down-looking clouds),
ao-opua-ku (image shaped clouds
rising at top of sea), opua-hele
(morning-flower clouds), opua-noho-mai
(resting clouds), opua-mele-mele
(gold-colored clouds), opua-lani
(clouds high up), ka-pae-opua
(at surface of sea or clouds
along the horizon), ka-lani-opua
(clouds up above horizon),
ka-makao-ka-lani (clouds in the
eye of the sun), ka-wele-lau-opua
(clouds highest in the sky).
All these clouds were caretakers
watching for the welfare of
that girl. Mo-o-inanea gave
them their laws for service.
She took Ku-ke-ao-loa
(the long cloud of Ku)
and put him at the door of
the house of clouds, with great
magic power. He was to be the messenger
to all the cloud-lands of the
parents and ancestors of this girl.
"The Eye of the Sun" was the cloud
with magic power to see all things
passing underneath near or far.
Then there was the opua-alii,
cloud-chief with the name Ka-ao-opua-ola
(the sharp-pointed living cloud).
This was the sorcerer and astronomer,
never weary, never tired,
knowing and watching over all things.
Mo-o-inanea gave her mana-nui or
great magic power, to Ke-ao-mele-mele--
with divine tabus. She made this
child the heir of all the divine
islands, therefore she was able
to know what was being done everywhere.
She understood how the Kahanai had
forsaken his sister to live with
Poliahu. So she went to Hawaii
to aid her sister Paliula.
When Mo-o-inanea had taken the
child from the head of Hina,
Ku and Hina were aroused. Ku went
out and saw wonderful cloud images
standing near the house, like men.
Ku and Hina watched these clouds
shining and changing colors in the
light of the dawn, as the sun appeared.
The light of the sun streamed over
the skies. For three days
these changing clouds were
around them. Then in the midst
of these clouds appeared a strange
land of the skies surrounded by
the ao-opua (the narrow-pointed clouds).
In the night of the full moon, the aka
(ghost) shadow of that land leaped
up into the moon and became fixed
there. This was the Alii-wahine-aka-malu
(the queen of shadows),
dwelling in the moon.
Ku and Hina did not understand
the meaning of these signs or shadows,
so they went back into the house,
falling into deep sleep.
Mo-o-inanea spoke to Hina in her
dreams, saying that these clouds were
signs of her daughter born from the
head-a girl having great knowledge
and miraculous power in sorcery,
who would take care of them in their
last days. They must learn all the
customs of kilo-kilo, or sorcery.
Mo-o-inanea again sent Ku-ke-ao-loa
to the house of Ku, that cloud
appearing as a man at their door.
They asked who he was. He replied:
"I am a messenger sent to teach you
the sorcery or witcheries of cloud-land.
You must have this knowledge that you
may know your cloud-daughter.
Let us begin our work at this time."
They all went outside the house
and sat down on a stone at the
side of the door.
Ku-ke-ao-loa looked up and called
Mo-o-inanea by name.
His voice went to Ke-alohi-lani,
and Mo-o-inanea called for all
the clouds to come with their
"Arise, O yellow cloud,
Arise, O cloud-the eye of the sun,
Arise, O beautiful daughters of the skies,
Shine in the eyes of the sun, arise!"
Ke-ao-mele-mele arose and put on
her glorious white kapas like the
snow on Mauna Kea. At this time the
cloud watchmen over Kuai-he-lani were
revealing their cloud forms to Hina
and Ku. The Long Cloud told Hina and
Ku to look sharply into the sky to
see the meaning of all the cloud forms--
which were servants of the divine
chiefess, their habits of meeting,
moving, separating, their forms,
their number, the stars appearing
through them, the fixed stars and
moving clouds, the moving stars
and moving clouds, the course
of the winds among the different clouds.
When he had taught Ku and Hina
the sorcery of cloud-land,
he disappeared and returned
Some time afterward, Ku went out
to the side of their land. He saw
a cloud of very beautiful form,
appearing like a woman. This
was resting in the sky above his
head. Hina woke up, missed Ku,
looked out and saw Ku sitting on
the beach watching the clouds above him.
She went to him and by her power told
him that he had the desire
to travel and that he might
go on his journey and find the
woman of his vision.
A beautiful chiefess, Hiilei,
was at that time living in one of
the large islands of the heavens.
Ku and Hina went to this place.
Ku married Hiilei, and Hina found
a chief named Olopana and married him.
Ku and Hiilei had a red-skin child,
a boy, whom they named Kau-mai-liula
(twilight resting in the sky).
This child was taken by Mo-o-inanea
to Ke-alohi-lani to live with
Ke-ao-mele-mele. Olopana and
Hina had a daughter whom they
(beautiful daughter of sunset),
who was taken by Ku and Hiilei.
Hina then called to the messenger
cloud to come and carry a request
to Mo-o-inanea that Kau-mai-liula
be given to her and Olopana.
This was done. So they were all
separated from each other, but
in the end the children were
taken to Hawaii.
Meanwhile Paliula was living above
Hilo with her husband Kahanai-a-ke-Akua
(adopted son of the gods). Kahanai
became restless and determined to
see other parts of the land, so he
started on a journey around the
islands. He soon met a fine
young man Waiola (water of life).
Waiola had never seen any one so
glorious in appearance as the
child of the gods, so he fell
down before him, saying:
"I have never seen any one so
divine as you. You must have
come from the skies. I will
belong to you through the coming years."
The chief said, "I take you
as my aikane [bosom friend]
to the last days."
They went down to Waiakea, a village
near Hilo, and met a number of girls
covered with wreaths of flowers and leaves.
Kahanai sent Waiola to sport
with them. He himself was of too
high rank. One girl told her
brother Kanuku to urge the chief
to come down, and sent him leis.
He said he could not receive their
gift, but must wear his own lei.
He called for his divine caretaker
to send his garlands, and immediately
the most beautiful rainbows wrapped
themselves around his neck and
shoulders, falling down
around his body.
Then he came down to Waiakea.
The chief took Kanuku also as
a follower and went on up the
coast to Hamakua.
The chief looked up Mauna Kea
and there saw the mountain women,
who lived in the white land
above the trees. Poliahu stood
above the precipices in her
kupua-ano (wizard character),
revealing herself as a very
beautiful woman wearing
a white mantle.
When the chief and his friends came
near the cold place where she was
sitting, she invited them to her
home, inland and mountainward.
The chief asked his friends to go
with him to the mountain house of
the beauty of Mauna Kea.
They were well entertained. Poliahu
called her sisters, Lilinoe and Ka-lau-a-kolea,
beautiful girls, and gave them sweet-sounding
shells to blow. All through the night
they made music and chanted the
stirring songs of the grand mountains.
The chief delighted in Poliahu and
lived many months on the mountain.
One morning Paliula in her home
above Hilo awoke from a dream in
which she saw Poliahu and the chief living together, so she told Waka, asking if the dream were
true. Waka, by her magic power, looked over the island and saw the three young men living
with the three maidens of the snow
mantle. She called with a penetrating
voice for the chief to return to
his own home. She went in the
form of a great bird and
brought him back.
But Poliahu followed, met the
chief secretly and took him up
to Mauna Kea again, covering the
mountain with snow so that Waka
could not go to find them.
Waka and the bird friends of Paliula
could not reach the mountain-top
because of the cold. Waka went
to Waolani and told Anuenue
about Paliula's trouble.
Anuenue was afraid that Kane
and Kanaloa might hear that
the chief had forsaken his sister,
and was much troubled, so she
asked Waka to go with her to
see Mo-o-inanea at Ke-alohi-lani,
but the gods Kane and Kanaloa
could not be deceived.
They understood that there was
trouble, and came to meet them.
Kane told Waka to return and
tell the girl to be patient;
the chief should be punished
for deserting her.
Waka returned and found that
Paliula had gone away wandering
in the forest, picking-lehua flowers
on the way up toward the Lua Pele,
the volcano pit of Pele, the goddess
of fire. There she had found a
beautiful girl and took her as an
aikane (friend) to journey around Hawaii.
They travelled by way of the districts
of Puna, Kau, and Kona to Waipio,
where she saw a fine-looking man
standing above a precipice over
which leaped the wonderful
mist-falls of Hiilawe.
This young chief married
the beautiful girl friend
Poliahu by her kupua power recognized
Paliula, and told the chief that
she saw her with a new husband.
Paliula went on to her old home
and rested many days. Waka then
took her from island to island
until they were near Oahu.
When they came to the beach,
Paliula leaped ashore and went
up to Manoa Valley. There she
rushed Into the forest and climbed
the ridges and precipices. She
wandered through the rough places,
her clothes torn and ragged.
Kanaloa saw her sitting on
the mountain-side. Kane sent servants
to find her and bring her to live with
them at Waolani. When she came to the
home of the gods in Nuuanu Valley she
thought longingly of her husband
and sang this mele:
"Lo, at Waolani is my
lei of the blood-red rain,
The lei of the misty rain
gathered and put together,
Put together in my thought with tears.
Spoiled is the body by love,
Dear in the eyes of the lover.
My brother, the first-born,
Return, oh, return, my brother."
Paliula, chanting this, turned
away from Waolani to Waianae
and dwelt for a time with
the chiefess Kalena.
While Paliula was living with
the people of the cold winds of
Waianae she wore leis of mokahana
berries and fragrant grass, and
was greatly loved by the family.
She went up the mountain to a
great gulch. She lay down to sleep,
but heard a sweet voice saying,
"You cannot sleep on the edge of
that gulch." She was frequently
awakened by that voice. She went on
up the mountain-ridges above Waianae.
At night when she rested she heard
the voices again and again. This was
the voice of Hii-lani-wai, who was
teaching the hula dance to the
girls of Waianae. Paliula
wanted to see the one who had
such a sweet voice, so went along
the pali and came to a hula house,
but the house was closed tight
and she could not look in.
She sat down outside. Soon Hii-lani-wai
opened the door and saw Paliula and
asked her to come in. It was the
first time Paliula had seen this
kind of dancing. Her delight in
the dance took control of her
mind, and she forgot her husband
and took Hii-lani-wai as her
aikane, dwelling with her for a time.
One day they went out into the forest.
Kane had sent the dancing trees
from Waolani to meet them. While
in the forest they heard the trees
singing and dancing like human beings.
Hii-lani-wai called this a very
wonderful thing. Paliula told her
that she had seen the trees do
this before. The trees made her glad.
They went down to the seaside
and visited some days. Paliula desired
a boat to go to the island of Kauai.
The people told them of the dangerous
waters, but the girls were stubborn,
so they were given a very small boat.
Hii-lani-wai was steering, and Paliula
was paddling and bailing out the water.
The anger of the seas did not arise.
On the way Paliula fell asleep,
but the boat swiftly crossed
the channel. Their boat was
covered with all the colors
of the rainbow. Some women
on land at last saw them and
beckoned with their hands
for them to come ashore.
Malu-aka (shadow of peace) was the
most beautiful of all the women on Kauai.
She was kind and hospitable and took
them to her house. The people came
to see these wonderful strangers.
Paliula told Malu-aka her story.
She rested, with the Kauai girls,
then went with Malu-aka over the
island and learned the dances of
Kauai, becoming noted throughout
the island for her wonderful
grace and skill, dancing like the
wind, feet not touching the ground.
Her songs and the sound of the
whirling dance were lifted by the
winds and carried into the dreams
Meanwhile, Ke-ao-mele-mele was
living with her cloud-watchmen
and Mo-o-inanea at Ke-alohi-lani.
She began to have dreams, hearing
a sweet voice singing and seeing
a glorious woman dancing, while
winds were whispering in the forests.
For five nights she heard the song
and the sound of the dance. Then
she told Mo-o-inanea, who explained
her dream, saying: "That is the voice
of Paliula, your sister, who is dancing
and singing near the steep places of
Kauai. Her brother-husband has
forsaken her and she has had
much trouble. He is living with
Poliahu on Hawaii."
When Ke-ao-mele-mele heard this,
she thought she would go and
live with her sister. Mo-o-inanea
approved of the thought and gave
her all kinds of kupua power.
She told her to go and see
the god Kane, who would
tell her what to do.
At last she started on her
journey with her watching clouds.
She went to see Hina and Olopana,
and Ku and Hiilei. She saw
Kau-mai-liula (twilight resting
in the sky), who was very beautiful,
like the deep red flowers of the ohia
in the shadows of the leaves of
the tree. She determined to come
back and marry him after her
journey to Oahu.
When she left Kuai-he-lani
with her followers she flew like
a bird over the waves of the sea.
Soon she passed Niihau and came to
Kauai to the place where Paliula was
dancing, and as a cloud with her cloud
friends spied out the land. The soft
mists of her native land were
scattered over the people by
these clouds above them.
Paliula was reminded of her birth-land
and the loved people of her home.
Ke-ao-mele-mele saw the beauty of
the dance and understood the love
expressed in the chant. She flew
away from Kauai, crossed the channel,
carne to Waolani, met Kane and Kanaloa
and told them she had come to learn
from them what was the right thing to do for the sister and the husband who had deserted her.
Kane suggested a visit to Hawaii to
see Paliula and the chief, so she
flew over the islands to Hawaii.
Then she went up the mountain with
the ao-pii-kai (a cloud rising from
the sea and climbing the mountain)
until she saw Poliahu and
her beautiful sisters.
Poliahu looked down the mountain-side
and saw a woman coming, but she looked
again and the woman had disappeared.
In a little while a golden cloud
rested on the summit of the mountain.
It was the maid in her cloud body
watching her brother and the girl
of the white mountains. For more
than twenty days she remained
in that place. Then she returned
to Waolani on Oahu.
Ke-ao-mele-mele determined to
learn the hulas and the accompanying songs.
Kane told her she ought to learn these things.
There was a fine field for dancing at the
foot of the mountain near Waolani, and
Kane had planted a large kukui-
tree by its side to give it shade.
Kane and his sister Anuenue went to
this field and sat down in their place.
The daughters of Nuuanu Pali were there.
Kane sent Ke-ao-mele-mele after the
dancing-goddess, Kapo, who lived at
Mauna Loa. She was the sister of the
poison-gods and knew the art of
sorcery, Ke-ao-mele-mele took gifts,
went to Kapo, made offerings,
and thus for the first time
secured a goddess for the hula.
Kapo taught Ke-ao-mele-mele
the chants and the movements of
the different hulas until she was
very skilful. She flew over the seas
to Oahu and showed the gods her skill.
Then, she went to Kauai, danced on
the surf and in the clouds and above
the forests and in the whirlwinds.
Each night she went to one of the
other islands, danced in the skies
and over the waters, and returned
home. At last she went to Hawaii
to Mauna Kea, where she saw Kahanai,
her brother. She persuaded him to
leave the maiden of the snow mantle
and return to Waolani. Paliula and
her friends had returned to the
home with Waka, where she taught
the leaves of clinging vines and
the flowers and leaves on the
tender swinging branches of the
forest trees new motions in
their dances with the many
kinds of winds.
One day Kahanai saw signs among
the stars and in the clouds which
made him anxious to travel, so he
asked Kane for a canoe. Kane called
the eepa and the menehune people
and told them to make canoes to
carry Kahanai to his parents.
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