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- What are origin stories?
- Are Legends fiction?
- How does learning about Origin stories help you understand why legends are important in Oceania and to Pasefika (Pacific Islanders) and their history?
KEY CONCEPTS: Folklore, Cosmogony, Myth, Legend
Holo Mai Pele: The Epic Hula Myth by
Holo Mai Pele (Pele Travels) tells the epic saga of the rivalry between Pelehonuamea, goddess of the volcano, and her youngest and favorite sister Hi'iaka.
Why Māui Snared The Sun
Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of the demigod Māui. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the mighty Kalā.