THE BOILING POTS
Mo'o Kuna, the giant monster lizard who lived high
up the Wailuku River above Rainbow Falls, always
tormented the goddess Hina, the demi-god Maui's
mother, by sending huge boulders and logs down the
stream. Legend tells of the final great battle between
the demi-god Maui and the Mo'o Kuna,
in the area now known as Boiling Pots.
Maui vowed to kill this monster lizard who tried
to drown his mother Hina by blocking the river below
her cave beneath Rainbow Falls with a huge boulder,
causing storm waters to rise into her cave. Maui
saved his mother by cracking this huge boulder with
his magic club, releasing the flood waters. He chased
Mo'o Kuna from Rainbow Falls to far up the river. He
cornered Mo'o Kuna who was hiding in one of several
deep pools in the river. Maui called upon Pele, goddess
of the volcano, to send him molten lava and hot stones to
cast into the pools. The pools boiled furiously sending
steam far above. Badly burned and exhausted, Mo'o Kuna
crawled down the river to die at a point below Rainbow Falls,
within sight of Hina's home, never again threatening the
beloved goddess, Hina. Although time has cooled the waters,
these "Boiling Pots" still bubble and surge, especially
during heavy rains, reminding us of this battle.
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