A Little Story and Some Chants; Traditions of Hi‘iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele

The epic tradition of the goddess Pele and her youngest sister, Hi‘iaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele, a.k.a. Hi‘iaka, spans the entire Hawaiian Archipelago, and even beyond, to Kahiki, the ancestral home of the gods. The tradition is the source of many descriptions of places, place names, beliefs, and knowledge of traditional and customary practices. As in the account below, “He Wahi Kaao a me kekahi Mele pu,” published in 1860, portions of the tradition were also cited in excerpts to remind people of various facets of knowledge that was recorded in the larger account.