Legends of Wailuku

Author: Charlotte Hapai
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,673 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.1
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 752
Added to site: 2009.08.24
mnybks.net#: 25090
Genre: Myth

As told by old Hawaiians and done into the English tongue by Charlotte Hapai.

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nts of boiling water after him, scalding at last the life from his ugly body.

Then Maui rolled the huge carcass down the river to a point below Rainbow Falls, within sight of his mother's home, where she could view daily the evidence that none might threaten her and live. And there the ungainly form lies today--a long, black-rock island known as Moo Kuna, between the rapids--where every freshet, every heavy rain, beats upon it as though in everlasting punishment for plotting the death of Hawaii's beloved goddess, Hina.


Many years ago there lived on the Island of Tahiti several brothers, all very gifted and powerful gods of that land. One was by name Paoa.

Now Tahitian customs were very like those of Hawaii at that time, in that the Tahitians offered human sacrifices when a canoe or a heiau was in process of construction. How the observance of this custom caused the flight of Paoa to Hawaii, you shall see.

It so happened that one of the brothers was h

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