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Legends of Ma-ui—a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina   By:

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[Illustration: Hale a ka la Crater, the House of the Sun.]

LEGENDS OF MA UI A DEMI GOD OF POLYNESIA AND OF HIS MOTHER HINA.

BY W. D. WESTERVELT.

HONOLULU: THE HAWAIIAN GAZETTE CO., LTD. 1910

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. Maui's Home 3

II. Maui the Fisherman 12

III. Maui Lifting the Sky 31

IV. Maui Snaring the Sun 40

V. Maui Finding Fire 56

VI. Maui the Skillful 78

VII. Maui and Tuna 91

VIII. Maui and His Brother in Law 101

IX. Maui's Kite Flying 112

X. Oahu Legends of Maui 119

XI. Maui Seeking Immortality 128

XII. Hina of Hilo 139

XIII. Hina and the Wailuku River 146

XIV. The Ghosts of the Hilo Hills 155

XV. Hina, the Woman in the Moon 165

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

OPPOSITE PAGE

Frontispiece Haleakala Crater

"Rugged Lava of Wailuku River" 7

Leaping to Swim to Coral Reefs 12

Sea of Sacred Caves 14

Spearing Fish 21

Here are the Canoes 29

Iao Mountain from the Sea 43

Haleakala 53

Hawaiian Vines and Bushes 74

Bathing Pool 84

Coconut Grove 96

Boiling Pots Wailuku River 100

Outside were other Worlds 107

Hilo Coast Home of the Winds 115

Bay of Waipio Valley 121

The Ieie Vine 125

Rainbow Falls 147

Wailuku River The Home of Kuna 151

On Lava Beds 163

HELPS TO PRONUNCIATION

There are three simple rules which practically control Hawaiian pronunciation: (1) Give each vowel the German sound. (2) Pronounce each vowel. (3) Never allow a consonant to close a syllable.

Interchangeable consonants are many. The following are the most common: h=s; l=r; k=t; n=ng; v=w.

PREFACE

Maui is a demi god whose name should probably be pronounced Ma u i, i. e. , Ma oo e. The meaning of the word is by no means clear. It may mean "to live," "to subsist." It may refer to beauty and strength, or it may have the idea of "the left hand" or "turning aside." The word is recognized as belonging to remote Polynesian antiquity.

MacDonald, a writer of the New Hebrides Islands, gives the derivation of the name Maui primarily from the Arabic word "Mohyi," which means "causing to live" or "life," applied sometimes to the gods and sometimes to chiefs as "preservers and sustainers" of their followers.

The Maui story probably contains a larger number of unique and ancient myths than that of any other legendary character in the mythology of any nation... Continue reading book >>




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