Pāʻūopalaʻā 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.
“Pāʻūopalaʻā (Skirt-of-thepalaʻā-fern) is the attendant of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele on her man fetching journey. It was she who fashioned Hiʻiaka’s magical skirt of palaʻā fern and so Pele appointed her to be the kahu, or guardian, of the young chiefess. Pāʻūopalaʻā possesses many supernatural body forms, such as the palaʻā, the palapalai, and all of the verdure of the forest. She is also called Malaehaʻakoa (Tranquil-power).” (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.