Hi’iaka Continues On Her Journey

 

 

The epic saga continues. At Kaua’i, Hi’iaka seeks Malaeha’akoa, a popular however maimed seer as well as the keeper of Pele’s family tree. They locate his wife, Wailuanuiahoano, who is absorbed in tapa beating. Paying no attention to Hi’iaka. Hi’iaka then chants a condemnation to this inhospitable female and proceeds her search for Malaeha’akoa. Upon locating him Hi’iaka sees his withered limbs and swiftly heals him. Grateful, he prepares a celebration for them and discusses Pele’s history. The chants disclose the strengths and weak points of Pele. Malaeha’akoa ends by proclaiming that Lohi’au is dead.

The Eicp Saga Continues

Searching for Malaeha’akoa, the maimed seer. Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi
with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

 

Hi’iaka is told Lohi’au has died. The burden of the revivification rituals for Lohi’au is upon these women. It coincides with the moon phases. Hi’iaka shoves the spirit of Lohi’au back into his body. This done through his toes and after that healing natural herb is used. Lohi’au is brought back to life and Hi’iaka can finally deliver Pele’s lover to her.

Revivification rituals to bring Lohi’au back to life. Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi
with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

 

However on their return journey through O’ahu, an old lover of Lohi’au, Pele’ula, offers her friendliness in a game of Kilu. The game of Kilu gives one the right as well as a privilege to play for a love partner.  Pele’ula has hopes that she will certainly win Lohi’au for the evening. Although Hi’iaka is weary she is required to play this love game. To try and keep Lohi’au from falling under the hands of Pele’ula.

Kilu, the procreation game.  Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi
with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

 

At the game’s end, Hi’iaka’s vision sees that Pele’s envious rashness triggers the destruction of Hi’iaka’s lehua groves. She also sees the fatality of Hopoe in Puna. Hi’iaka’s journey and experiences have actually prepared her to confront Pele.

Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

Hi’iaka falls in love with Lohi’au. Pele senses this and takes revenge.

Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi

with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

 

Approaching Kilauea, Hi’iaka conjures a vision of herself and also Lohi’au as lovers resting in the coolness of the shaded woodland. Pele sees Hi’iaka and also Lohi’au and in a anger sends lava to eat Lohi’au. Once more Lohi’au passes away! Hi’iaka in utter disgust and outrage dig deep right into the core of the earth. Disrupting the equilibrium of heaven as well as the earth. Kanehoalani is called to quell the wrath of his youngest offspring. As the quakes and lightning subside Pele again gains control of her domain. However, she has actually learned not to challenge this youngest sibling again!

 

Holo Mai Pele by Halau O Kekuhi

with Puanani Kanaka’ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka’ole

 

We hope you enjoyed the Epic Saga of Pele, Hi’iaka and Lohi’au told to you through the ancient dances of Hawai’i. All credits go to Featuring Halau o Kekuhi, Hawai’i’s premier hula troupe. A co-production of Pacific Islanders in Communications, International Cultural Programming, and Thirteen/WNET New York. Directed by Catherine Tatge, produced by Dominique Lasseur.

Mahalo to them for this intriguing and dazzling display of ancient hula and chant. The program Holo Mai Pele weaves together archetypal themes of creation, love, and betrayal into a sweeping dramatic performance. Viewers will experience the transformative power and spirituality that lie at the heart of the hula.

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