PELELEU WAR CANOE
A sighting of Captain Cook’s white sails from the priestly Makahiki procession. The high priest carries a representation of the god of life and fertility, Lono. Flourishing between Feb and Nov, Lono was the god of the growing season. He lay in dorment between Nov and Feb, as Ku ruled the lands. It was prophesied that the god Lono would return to Hawai’i riding upon white sails. Captain Cook happened upon the island chain right as the festival season was ending. His second trip was not timed so fortunately…
A Pantheon of Volcano Spirits
Kamapua’a, the hog god; a mischievous spirit of rain, moisture and plant life. He was Pele’s lover, but in all ways her opposite. Theirs was a stormy relationship.
Poliahu, goddess of snowy Mauna Kea — a sister and a jealous rival to Pele locked in an eternal ice and fire enmity.
Pele’s sisters, Kapo and Laka, two personalities of the same spirit — one a spirit of fertility and sorcery, the other a spirit of the dance.
Hi’iaka, a spirit of the dance, was Pele’s favorite sister.
Pele, appearing as a beautiful young woman and as an old hag.
Ka-moho-ali’i, respected elder brother and keeper of the water of life. As a great shark he led Pele to Hawaii.
Lonomakua, keeper of the sacred fire sticks, made volcanic fires at Pele’s command.
Ka-poho-i-kahi-ola, spirit of explosions.
Ke-ua-a-ke-po, spirit of the rain of fire.
Kane-hekili, spirit of thunder.
Ke-o-ahi-kama-kaua, spirit of lava fountains.
(left to right)