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Kane and Kanaloa in Ko'olauloa

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For background on the god Kane, see "Waiakeakua."


Papaamui, Rocks (Sterling and Summers 147)

Apparently Kane, who was joined by Kanaloa, lived at 'Opana for some time, for just outside of Kawela Bay there are rocks, horseshoe in shape and known as Papaamui, wbere these brothers were wont to scoop for fish. (McAllister Arch. of Oahu 152)


Waikane Stone and Pahipahi'alua Ko'a (Sterling and Summers 148)

Large stone, known as Waikane ("Water of Kane"), beside the stream bed on the mountain side of Kawela Bay and at the foot of the pali in the land of Hanaka'oe.

Long ago the Hawaiians had to go far up the valley in order to get fresh water, but when Kane struck the stone, water flowed from it and continued to flow up to the time the plantation built a pump just below the rock.

Near the beach and in line with Waikane was a fishing shrine called Pahipahi'alua (McAllister. Arch. of Oahu)


Kalaiokahipa Ridge (Sterling and Summers 151)

Kane and Kanaloa lived in the vicinity of Kalaiokahipa Ridge; but that was at the time when the Kahuku plain was still underwater, and waves lapped about Kalaiokahipa. The brothers are said to have obtained fish by dipping into two holes on opposite sides of a large rock which now lies in the cane field. (McAllister. Arch. of Oahu)


(Sterling and Summers 160)

There is a valley near Hau'ula called Kaipapa'u. Here lived an old kahuna who always worshipped the two great gods Kane and Kanaloa. These gods had their home in the place where the old man continually worshipped them.

Once the gods came to their sister's home and received from her dried fish for food. This they carried to the sea and threw into the waters, where it became alive again and swam along the coast while the gods journeyed inland. By and by they came to the little river on which the old man had his home. The gods went inland along the bank of the river, and the fish turned also, forcing their way over the sand bank which marked the mouth of the little stream. Then they went up theriver to a pool before the place where the gods had stopped. Ever since, when high water has made the river accessible, these fish, named ulua, have come to the place where the gods were worshipped by the kahuna and where they rested and drank 'awa with him. (Westervelt Legends of Honolulu, 145)


Ka-lae-o-ka-palaoa (Sterling and Summers 161)

When Kane and Kanaloa left the kahuna (in Kaipapa'u) they warned him that when he heard a great noise on the shore he must not go down to see what the people were doing, but ask what the excitement was about, and if it was a shark or a great fish he was to remain at home. He must not go to that place.

A few days later a big wave came up from the sea and swept over the beach. When the water flowed back there was left a great whale, the tail on the shore and the head out in the sea. The people came to see the whale. They thought that it was dead, so played on its back and leaped into the sea from its head.

The kahuna heard their shouts of joy and was very anxious to see the marvellous fish. He forgot the warning of the gods and went to the seaside.

He stood by the tail of the great fish. The tail moved. The kahuna climbed on the back and ran to the head and leaped into the sea. The people cheered and he returned to the beach and a second time approached the whale. Again there was the motion of the tail and again he ran along the back, but as he leaped the whale caught him and carried him away to Tahiti. There fore a name was given to a point of land not far from this place--the name "Ka-lae-o-ka-palaoa" (The cape of the whale; also spelled "Kalaipaloa").

(Westervelt, Legends of Honolulu, p 145; Rice, in "Makuakaumana," Hawaiian Legends, tells a similar story. )


Kuka'iole Pool (Sterling and Summers 168)

When Kanaloa came to Kahana Valley, he was evidently of unusual proportions, for with one foot placed on Puiu o Mahie, he stepped with the other to Punalu'u Point. Then, over the ridge, he could see two men planting taro up Punalu'u Valley. Kneeling on the Kahana side of the ridge, where his knee prints are still to be seen, he watched the two men at work. It annoyed him that they planted their taro in uneven rows, so he said, "Your rows of taro are not straight." The men heard the voice but could see no one. Kanaloa repeated this statement several times, yet the men were never able to see the speaker. Soon Kanaloa grew tired of this teasing and went to Kuka'iole pool up Punalu'u Valley and drank of the waters. Near the pool there grew 'awa, which the rats were fond of chewing. It made them giddy an dizzy and they fell into the water, for which reason the pond was given its name ["'iole" means "rat"]. (McAllister Arch. of Oahu)


Punalu'u Stream (Sterling and Summers 168)

Kane and Kanaloa came in disguise to a little grass house that stood near this stream. "Come in and eat," the fishermen said. "Rest on the mats. Here is fruit and poi. We would offer you fish, but the nets have been empty for many days."

As they sat down, the men performed the simple rite of thanks to the gods. "And what gods do you worship?" the visitors asked. "Kane and Kanaloa," the fishermen answered. The meal went on. They ate fruit and poi. "You surely need fish," Kane said at last. The men looked chagrined. They took their nets. One tries to do all one can for a guest.

"We will go with you," the two gods said. They passed a hut where dried fish hung. "Go on," said the gods, "look into the stream." "E inu, e inu i ka wai kukae 'iole," the gods muttered low. They put the dead fish into the stream. Its scales became shiny. Its blank eyes glistened. It was alive. Down the stream a charmed fish swam. The fishermen saw it; they uttered a cry; they put their nets into the stream. When they came back to the gods in the hut, their eyes were alight. They ate of the fish. The gods went away.

Sometime you may linger along the coast and see men mutter over a pool. For "E inu, E inu i ka wai kukae'iole," still brings life to a dying fish. (Raphaelson Kamehameha Highway, 34)


Kapuwai o Kane (Sterling and Summers 172)

This is a name of a spring of water in Kahana, Ko'olauloa, Oahu, where Kane stamped his foot giving the shape of his foot to the spring. Before this act of his there was no water there. (Emerson Notes, Feb. 1884)


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