Dressed in their white Kikepa kapa cloaks are the four sisters found in the mythology of the Hawaiians. All four were known for their beauty and intelligence. Polia’hu was said to hold the most beauty of them all and the eldest. The sisters loved their adventures. They were known as the goddesses of the snow-covered mountains, Mauna a Wakea today known as Mauna Kea. Poli’ahu the goddess of the Mauna.
They exemplified the legendary ideas of spirits carrying on, constant fighting amongst and consuming fire and ice. They lived on the mountains north of Kīlauea and stood in the cloud-topped summits.
Poli’ahu The Most Celebrated of The Sisters
Poliʻahu is the most celebrated of the four divinity sisters of Mauna Kea, the goddess of snow and compassion who makes the summit her home. Poliʻahu, whose name signifies “cloaked blossom,” or “temple bosom.”
As the snow and ice goddess, Poli’ahu is the absolute opposite of her fierce archrival, Pele. It is Poliʻahu who covers her lovely white kapa over the top of Mauna Kea in the cold chill and beautifies the mountain with her pink and gold cape in the warmer months.
The summit of Mauna Loa still belongs to Poliʻahu, and Pele would not agree with that. She is the oldest child of Kāne and, her sisters are her ladies in waiting. Numerous men have sought after her love, yet she usually ends up alone.
The Goddess Sisters
Waiau, the caretaker goddess, her sister of the magnificent shiny lake in one of the depression cones on the summit of Mauna Kea which bears her name. The name Waiau signifies “water of adequate deepness to bathe.” She would regularly bathe Poliʻahu and restored her drinking gourd with sweet water that she frequently gets by utilizing her bird form to fly from place to place.
Kahoupokane is the goddess of Hualālai mountain and an expert kapa maker. When it rains heavily from the mountains, Kahoupokane is tossing her kapa as she beats it. At the point when thunder rolls are the sound of the beating of the kapa. On a bright and warm day,
when there are thunder and a fine misty rain and no clouds, you know that Kahoupokane is beating her summer clothing.
The Sister of Haleakala
Lilinoe is the sister goddess of the fine mist. She is also the goddess of Haleakalā, dead flames, and of sadness. She dresses Poliʻahuʻs hair with the goal for it to be delicate and fine, and buoys like a cloud around her. “‘Kokohi mai o Lilinoe, ka wahine nono I Poliʻahu.
The fine mist of Lilinoe darkens, the lady who stays with Poliʻahu.”
Here is a beautiful version of the song Poli’ahu. A story of love and Compassion for her home, Mauna Kea. Today, Poli’ahu remains the goddess that covers the mountaintop with snow.
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