BIRTH OF IAO NEEDLE


Once in Old Hawaii, in the days
when anything was possible, Maui,
the most powerful God, had a
beautiful daughter. Maui loved
her very much and as he watched
her grow up, he vowed that only
the most worthy King in all
the islands would marry her.

But without her father knowing,
the beautiful maiden fell in love
with Puuokamoa, a Merman God.
She knew that her father wouldn't
approve, so they kept their romance
secret. Every day the beautiful
maiden sneaked off to meet her love
and every night she returned home,
radiant. One day, a townsperson
saw the two of them together and
ran back and told Maui of his
daughter's secret lover.

Maui was furious. He flew into a
rage and his screams of anger were
heard by Madame Pele, the volcano
Goddess. She flew in her supernatural
way to where Maui was and suddenly
appeared in front of him.

"What is so horribly wrong to put
you in such an uproar?" Madame Pele asked.

"My beautiful daughter has fallen
in love with a God and I disapprove.
When I see him, I am going to have
him condemned to a fiery death",
Maui said.

"Who is this God?", Pele asked.

"His name is Puuokamoa".

Madame Pele frowned at the mention
of his name. "Oh no, Puuokamoa is
my friend. Spare him, Maui.
I beg you. Do not have him killed".

But Maui would not listen. Madame
Pele was still pleading with him when
his beautiful daughter returned.
She heard her father's death
sentence on her lover and burst
into tears.

"Oh Father", she sobbed, "I cannot
live without the sight of Puuokamoa".

The Father's heart softened at the
sight of his daughter and thinking
that she would be unhappy for the
rest of her life if she could not
see the man she loved. Finally,
after much thought, Maui put his
arms around his daughter and
lifted up her beautiful face.
Tears soaked her unhappy eyes.

"Daughter dear, I cannot bear
to see you unhappy", Maui said
tenderly. "But I cannot allow
this romance to continue. You
cannot marry this Merman God".

His daughter waited to hear what
her powerful father had decided.
Madame Pele stood quietly,
waiting to hear the fate of
her friend.

"I will not reduce him to ashes", Maui said.

"Oh, father dear", the daughter
cried out, hugging him.

"I will turn him into stone. Then
you may gaze upon him, but your
romance will be pau (over)".

And that is how the mountain, known
as the Needle, at Iao Valley came to
be. It is the Merman God turned to
stone for all to gaze upon.






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