A Whirlwind of Spirits Passes on the Way to Revive the Chief, ʻOlepau 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.
“And the ghostly spirits the priest had summonsed also knew that they were all related to Hiʻiaka in fire, in sea water, in fresh water, in the sky, and in all places where they were shielded by the supernatural power of Haumea, her ancestors from antiquity, and her entire family” (316).
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.