Originally published in Ka Na’i Aupuni by Hooulumāhiehie in 1905-1906, translated by Puakea Nogelmeier
full color illustrations by Solomon Enos
Softcover, 516 pp.
This ancient saga begins with the goddess Peles migration to Kīlauea and her spirits search for a lover. The story details the quest of Hiiakaikapoliopele to find Peles beloved Lohiauipo and bring him back to their crater home. Graced with a magical skirt and wielding supernatural powers, Hiiaka and her companions make their dangerous journey facing supernatural foes and cunning human ways. This engrossing account of love and lust, jealousy and justice, is complete with deities, demons, chiefs and commoners. Through the publication of The Epic Tale of Hiiakaikapoliopele, the deep, complex and moving story of Hiiakaikapoliopele, the favored younger sister of Pele, the enchantress of Kīlauea, is shared with the world.
This is the most complete telling known of this traditional story of Hiiaka and her volcano-goddess sister, Pele. It includes a wealth of Hawaiian knowledge including place names, winds, plants, protocols and practices. Features 119 episodes with 375 hula chants and a chant index in Hawaiian and English.