Deities Of Mauna Kea  

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HAWAIIAN MYTHOLOGY ASSOCIATES FOUR GODDESSES WITH THE SNOW-COVERED MOUNTAINS OF MAUNA KEA, AND EACH OF THESE GODDESSES ARE BEAUTIFUL, WITTY, AND FULL OF WISDOM. THEY ARE THE DAUGHTERS OF HAUMEU, THE EARTH MOTHER, AND KANE, THE SKY GOD. THE FOUR SISTERS ARE BEAUTIFULLY ATTIRED. IN THE WINTER, THEY WEAR BRILLIANT WHITE WHICH IS LAID ASIDE AS THE WEATHER WARMS. IN THE SUMMER, THEY ARE ADORNED IN THE FINEST GOLDEN KAPA WHICH IS SAID TO BE MADE FROM THE RAYS OF THE SUN.

"POLIAHU" IS ONE OF THE GODDESS OF MAUNA KEA, OF SNOW, ICE, AND COLD. SHE IS THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF HAUMEU AND KANE. SHE IS HIGHLY REVERED FOR WHEN THE SNOW MELTS, IT BRINGS LIFE-GIVING FRESH WATER TO THE ISLANDS. CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GODDESSES, MANY MEN HAVE PURSUED HER. SHE LOVED FREQUENTING THE CLIFFS WHICH OVERLOOKED THE HAMAKUA COAST AND SOMETIMES WOULD EVEN JOIN IN THE THE GAMES THE MORTALS WERE ENGAGING IN. SHE LOVED CAVORTING WITH HUMAN MEN. THE MOST IMPORTANT SURVIVING MYTH ABOUT POLIAHU INVOLVES HER GETTING THE BEST OF THE VOLCANO GODDESS, PELE. IT SEEMS THAT PELE, ANGRY THAT POLIAHU HAD BESTED HER IN ONE OF THE GAMES, ATTEMPTED TO RETALIATE BY SENDING STREAMS OF GLOWING LAVA DOWN THE MOUNTAINSIDE, BUT POLIAHU QUICKLY BLANKETED BY SENDING DOWN STORMS OF SNOW TO FREEZE THE MOLTEN ROCK IN PLACE.

"LILINOE "IS THE GODDESS OF THE MIST AND YOUNGER SISTER OF POLIAHU. SHE IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE "GODDESS OF HALEAKALA". SHE RULED OVER THE REALM OF DEAD FIRES AND DESOLATION. LILINOE HAS THE POWER TO HOLD IN CHECK ANY ERUPTIONS BY QUENCHING THE VOLCANO IN THICK LAYERS OF SNOW. SHE DRESSES POLIAHU'S HAIR SO THAT IT IS ALWAYS SOFT AND FINE. LEGEND SAYS THAT SHE WAS THE WIFE OF NANA-NU'U, THE MORTAL WHO SURVIVED THE GREAT FLOOD BY MAKING HIS HOME IN A CAVE HIGH ON THE SLOPES OF MAUNA KEA.

"WAIAU "(WATER OF SUFFICIENT DEPTH TO BATHE) IS THE GUARDIAN OF THE LAKE WHICH BEARS HER NAME, A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN LAKE WHICH GLISTENS IN ONE OF THE CRATER CONES HIGH ATOP THE SUMMIT. THEY SAY THE LAKE IS BOTTOMLESS AND REACHES DEEP DOWN INTO THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN. IN THIS LAKE, WAIAU BATHES POLIAHU.

"KOHOUPOKANE "IS THE GODDESS OF HUALALAI. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THIS SISTER, BUT IT IS SAID THAT SHE IS A MASTER KAPA MAKER.

WORKING WITH THESE GODDESSES SHOULD REMIND US THAT OUR OWN FIERY ERUPTIONS AND EMOTIONAL UPHEAVALS ARE FOLLOWED BY NEW BEGINNINGS AND CHANGE.

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