This story is based on “Laukaieie” as found in Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-gods, collected and translated from Hawaiian by W.D. Westervelt. There is also another English version, “‘Ie’ie and Lehua,” found in Hawai’i Island Legends by Mary Kawena Pukui. A Hawaiian language version of the story of Lauka’ie’ie was printed serially starting January 2, 1894 in the newspaper Ka Leo o ka Lahui. It is entitled “He Moolelo Kaao Hawaii no Laukieie.”The same story was printed in another newspaper, Ka Oiaio, starting January 5, 1894.
The author/illustrator offers this adaptation with great respect for the land and people of Waipi’o.