Maui Lifts the Sky

The god Maui, a child of supernatural parents, was born human, but was endowed with supernatural gifts of his own. Maui had the power to be invisible, or transform into any animal. He was incredibly strong and brave and he would often help others in need. Unfortunately, when he wasn’t doing anything good, he was quite often up to no good, and found it fun to play tricks on others. Of course, kolohe (naughty) behavior was frowned upon and would often get him into lots of trouble with his family.

It has been told, that Maui grew up in a dark world, where the sky sat low on the ground, so low people had to crawl as to not bump into the sky. Being dark all the time, meant less time to play tricks and have fun. One day, Maui set out to explore the caves around his home and wandered through a forest where the trees had pushed the sky up high enough he could almost stand without bumping his head on the clouds. He continued further and came upon a small thatched hale (house) where an old woman stood outside. Maui, called to her, “Hello.” She didn’t respond, but Maui continued his approach until he stood in front of her. Continue reading “Maui Lifts the Sky”

Ke kai leo nui o Mokoli’i

Ke kai leo nui o Mokoli’i. The sea of Mokoli’i (known as Chinaman’s Hat) is said to roar. This small island is said to have once been a reptile that Hi’iaka stuck into the sea, head down and tail up.

-Mary Kawaena Pukui ‘Ōlelo No’eau