Wahineʻōmaʻo 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.
“Wahineʻōmaʻo (The-green-woman) is a young chiefly woman of ʻŌlaʻa, Hilo. She becomes an aikāne, an intimate friend, of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele and her traveling companion on the journey. As Hiʻiaka’s wrath, once incurred. She is the one who halts Hiʻiaka’s wrath, once incurred. She is the one who halts Hiʻiaka’s wrath, once incurred. She is the one who halts Hiʻiaka’s destruction of Kīlauea Crater. The saying “Get up, give it a go” is associated with her.” (436)
Media: Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 11” (h) x 14” (w) unframed
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.