Hawaiian Antiquities: (Moolelo Hawaii)

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Hawaiian Gazette Company, Limited, 1903 - Ethnology - 366 pages

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Page 15 - ... given rebellion by chiefly exactions— although one of our greatest sources of Hawaiian tradition, David Malo, provides the most sober caveat regarding this kind of evidence. "I do not suppose", he wrote in the preface to Hawaiian Antiquities, "the following history to be free from mistakes, in that material for it has come from oral traditions; consequently it is marred by errors of human judgment and does not approach the accuracy of the word of God.
Page 165 - The water-spout of Haakula-manu, Oh ! Cut now ! Cut the piko of your house, O Mauli-ola ! That the house-dweller may prosper, That the guest who enters it may have health, That the lord of the land may have health, That the chiefs may have long life. Grant these blessings to your house, O Mauli-ola, To live till one crawls hunched up, till one becomes blear-eyed, Till one lies on the mat, till one has to be carried about in a net.
Page 88 - It was the ma-kaaina-na also who did all the work on the land ; yet all they produced from the soil belonged to the chiefs ; and the power to expel a man from the land and rob him of his possessions lay with the chief.
Page 122 - The core within is cut up and emptied out. The gourd is this great world ; its cover the heavens of Kuakini. Thrust it into the netting ! Attach to it the rainbow for a handle ! Imprison within it the jealousies, the sins, the monsters of iniquity ! Within this gourd from the cavern of Mu-a-Iku, calabash of explosive wind-squalls — till the serene star shines down.
Page 23 - In the genealogy called Kumu-lipo it is said that the first human being was a woman named La'ila'i and that her ancestors and parents were of the night (he po ivale no}, that she was the progenitor of the (Hawaiian) race.
Page 87 - The condition of the common people was that of subjection to the chiefs, compelled to do their heavy tasks, burdened and oppressed, some even to death. The life of the people was one of patient endurance, of yielding to the chiefs to purchase their favor. The plain man must not complain. If the people were slack in doing the chief's work, they were expelled from the land, or even put to death.
Page 22 - Wakea himself. 6. We now perceive their error. If the women in that ancient time gave birth to countries then indeed would they do so in these days ; and if at that time they were made by the hands of Wakea, doubtless the same thing would be done now. 7. In the genealogy called Kumu-lipo it is said that the land grew up of itself, not that it was begotten, nor that it was made by hand. 8. Perhaps this is the true account and these Hawaiian islands did grow up of themselves, and after that human beings...
Page 191 - The konohiki was expected to have all the taxes of the district collected beforehand and deposited at the border of the ahu-pua'a, where was built an altar.
Page 84 - The punishment inflicted on those who violated the tabu of the chiefs was to be burned with fire until their bodies were reduced to ashes, or to be strangled, or stoned to death. Thus it was that the tabus of the chiefs oppressed the whole people.
Page 212 - The tabu lasted for three days, after which the place would be noa, provided, however, that the aha was found. If the aha were not found, the same course was taken as in the case of the luakini. 9. The mapele was a thatched heiau in which to ask the god's blessing on the crops.4 Human sacrifices were not made at this heiau; pigs only were used as offerings.

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