Hiʻiaka Sends Out Kīlauea, the Supernatural Hand of Power to Save Punahoa from Dire Straits 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.
“When the powerful hand, Kīlauea, had gently landed Punahoa on the sand, it drew back into the turbulence of the sea, and the mouth of the man-eating shark of the seas was forced open, its lower jaw pressed down. With a strike of the hand, the body of the great-mouthed fish flew onto the sand of Punahoa and changed into a stone… . When Punahoa was cast ashore on the sand, her features and her whole manner were drained, and she was unable to utter a single word. When people saw the chiefessʻs board crash and tumble like that, they all shouted, and they yelled again on seeing the great fish of the deep mounting the wave right behind her board. But what awed them most was seeing that great shark fly out of the sea like a huge stone crag, and thunder toward the shore amid an explosion of water from the oceanʻs depths” (85).
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.