Kauakahiapaoa Dodges the Blazing Fists of ʻAinako, the Champion of Waimea is one of only 26 original illustrations commissioned for the landmark publication, The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele*, as told by Hoʻoulumāhiehie, translated by M. Puakea Nogelmeier and illustrated by Solomon Enos.
“A groan from ʻAinakoʻs throat was heard by all, and then the Kauaʻi boy was seen lifting ʻAinako up and tossing him seaward of Waiʻaka.
The contest between Kauakaiapaoa and ʻAinako was held right in Waiʻaka. The place where ʻAinakoʻs body fell was at the place now called Puʻuʻainako. That is the reason the place is called by that name” (377).
Media: Gouache on paper
Dimensions: 11” (h) x 14” (w) unframed
*Includes a copy of the book signed by Solomon Enos
The Epic Tale of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele is a grand tale about the youngest sister of the volcano goddess - the great quest through the island chain to bring Pele's lover back to their crater home in Kīlauea Caldera. This saga was written by Hoʻoulumāhiehie as a serial account in the newspaper Ka Naʻi Aupuni in 1905-1906. Translated by Puakea Nogelmeier in collaboration with Sahoa Fukushima and Kamaoli Kuwada, Hiʻiakaikapoliopele was the first product of the translation training established through Awaiaulu: Hawaiian Literature Project.