The Epic Tale of Hiiakaikapoliopele

Paperback: $35.00
ISBN-13: 9780988262935
Published: September 2021

Additional Information

496 pages | color illus.
  • About the Book
  • This ancient saga begins with the goddess Pele’s migration to Kīlauea and her spirit’s search for a lover. The story then details the quest of Pele’s younger sister, Hi‘iakaikapoliopele, to find the handsome Lohi‘auipo, and bring him back to their crater home. It is a very human account of love and lust, jealousy and justice, peopled with deities, demons, chiefs and commoners.

    This version by Ho‘oulumāhiehie ran from 1905 to 1906 as a daily series in the Hawaiian-language newspaper Ka Na’i Aupuni. It is the most extensive form of the story ever documented, offering a wealth of detail and insights about social and religious practices, poetry and hula, healing arts, and many other Hawaiian customs.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Ho‘oulumāhiehie, Author

    • Puakea Nogelmeier, Translator

    • Solomon Enos, Illustrator

    • Puakea Nogelmeier, Translator

  • Supporting Resources