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Kaulu, Part 2

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Rescues his Brother

Returns to O'ahu
After Kaulu brought Kaeha to life, they returned to O'ahu. They arrived at Kapapakolea in Moanalua. Kaulu left Kaeha there and continued on to Kapalama in search of Haumea. Haumea was a female akua that lived at Niuhelewai, O'ahu (a).

When he arrived, he found Haumea asleep. Kaulu called out: "E Haumea, why don't you get up and cook your food. After that, let's fight."

When Haumea sat up, Kaulu leaped up into the sky to Makali'i, who asked him: "What do you want, e Kaulu?"

"I've come for your nets. Give them to me so I can kill Haumea."

Makali'i gave Kaulu two nets (koko)­Maoleha and its mate (b). Kaulu then returned and found Haumea asleep again. He surrounded the house with the nets, after which he called out to Haumea: "Are you going to continue sleeping? Why don't you get up and fight?"

Haumea woke up and tried this way and that to get out of the house, but she was trapped inside by the nets. Kaulu began to run around the house. Haumea tried to get out and grab him and was entangled in the nets. Kaulu then killed her and went back for Kaeha (c). They returned to Kailua, O'ahu, their birthplace, where their parents still lived.

Lonoka'eho, the king of Ko'olau at this time, lived in Kailua. He had a very prominent forehead (lae 'oi) (d), and was called Pi'okeanuenue ("Arch of the rainbow"). Soon after Kaulu returned to Kailua, he went to the king's house and asked the attendants: "Who is that man with the furrowed brow (lae lapalapa)?"

"Lonoka'eho," replied one of the attendants. Then they went and told Lonokaeho: "This youngster has insulted you."

"What did he say?"

"He said, 'Who is that man with the furrowed brow?'"

Lonoka'eho said to Kaulu: "To dare to come here, you must be strong."

Kaulu replied: "I have a little strength, not much."

Lonoka'eho's forehead then rose up to heaven and came down to kill Kaulu; but Kaulu chanted:

E Kaulu e, dig down;
E Kaulu e, stretch out;
E Kaulu e, double up.
Four singles, Four doubles.

Kaulu's hands then asked: "What is it?"

Kaulu replied: "Hold up what is above; hold down what is below."

Lonoka'eho's forehead was held down to the ground. The 'ohi'a trees and the grass grew over it and thus Lonoka'eho died on that famous hill of Olomana, which stands to this day (e).

Kaulu then proceeded on to Ka'o'io point at Kualoa, where Mokoli'i was living, an evil wizard (kupua 'ino) in the form of a rat. No one who came within his reach was spared; all were eaten. He sat and watched by the wayside for people, then cunningly coaxed them to come nearer.

When Kaulu arrived there, Mokoli'i asked him: "Where are you from?"

"From here."

"Yes, you will be my meal today."

"Only if you are strong."

Mokoli'i then leaped at Kaulu like a sudden storm, and held him with his teeth. Kaulu flew up with Mokoli'i, and when they got into the blue sky he dropped Mokoli'i, breaking him into pieces. Mokoli'i died, and the place became the property of Kaulu (f).

Kaulu and Kaeha lived together until the death of Kaeha, when Kaulu took a wife named Kekele, a very handsome woman, without bumps or defects, whose breath and skin were as fragrant as 'inamona (a relish made by crushing cooked kukui nut meat and mixing it with salt). She was a very quiet woman. She was fond of hala (pandanus), maile (a vine), 'ie'ie (a vine) and all other fragrant leaves. When she retired at night she used to sleep with her hala wreaths and would wear them until they were dried up; therefore the hala trees at Kekele were planted for her and still grow there today. Kaulu and Kekele lived as husband and wife until their death, without having any children.

To Part 1. Kaulu Rescues his Brother

"Kaulu" in Hawaiian and English is from Fornander, Vol. IV, (522-533; referred to as Version 1 in the following notes) and from Vol. V (364-371; referred to as Version 2 in the following notes).

(a). Haumea, sometimes identified with Papa, or the Earth mother, also has a negative aspect as a cannibal spirit: "No one who fell in her way was saved; all were eaten up." She is associated with famine in one tradition.

(b). Koko was a net for carrying or hanging a calabash.

(c). Version 2: "Kaulu returned with the nets and he again found Haumea asleep. Kaulu then surrounded the house with four thicknesses of real fish nets and two thicknesses of the nets of Makali'i, Maoleha and its mate. When Kaulu saw that the house of Haumea was completely encompassed with nets, he called out in a loud voice:

Wake up, Haumea,
It's daylight, the cock has crowed,
Darkness has fled,
Makali'i [the Pleiades] has risen.
Here I am, Kaulu,
Your opponent. You must wake up.

"When Haumea heard the call, she woke up and looking about saw that she was entirely surrounded with nets. She then began to tear them with her teeth. After cutting through four fish nets, she came to the nets of Makali'i, Maoleha, and its mate. Haumea was unable to cut these nets, and became so entangled and exhausted that she went to sleep. While she was asleep, Kaulu set the house on fire, which consumed Haumea, killing her."

(d) cf. Maha'oi, "sharp temple"' to thrust forward one's be rude or insolent.

(e). Version 2: "The first forehead then came down, the one of sharp rock, but Kaulu dodged it, so it missed him and struck the ground. The 'ie'ie and the maile vines crawled over and covered it, which prevented it from getting up again. When the forehead tried to get up it was unable to move. In the same way all of the other [seven] foreheads of Lonoka'eho were overcome, and Kaulu thereby came to possess all of Ko'olau."

(f). Mokoli'i is the name of the small islet off Kualoa, now commonly called Chinaman's Hat. Moli'i, which may be the same name shortened, is a fishpond on shore. This story of Kaulu's fight with Mokoli'i is from version 2. Another tradition says that Pele's sister Hi'iaka killed Mokoli'i, identified as a mo'o, or lizard, rather than a rat. The coastal plain around O'ahu narrows near Kualoa; it was a place where tradition warned travelers to be wary, as they might be ambushed, robbed, and killed there.


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