Hawaiian Legends for Little Ones

Hawaiian Legends for Little Ones

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Maui Hooks the Islands: Introduces kids ages 0-4 to one of Hawaii's best-known legends about Maui the demigod who fished up the Hawaiian islands using a magic fishing hook. In simple, poetic language, this origin story gives small kids a taste of Hawaii's rich history of storytelling.
Maui Slows the Sun The sun has been racing across the sky, preventing people from finishing their daily chores. Maui decides to confront the sun and races up Haleakala to greet him as he rises. Using his olona rope, Maui lassoes one of the sun's rays, holds him tight, and convinces him to slow his travels across the sky so Maui's mother may have time to dry her kapa and people can enjoy the daylight longer. The sun compromises and says he will slow his pace for half the year (summer) yet speed up the other half (winter).
Hina: Introduces kids ages 0-4 to one of Hawaii's best-known dieties, the goddess of the moon.
Pele: Introduces kids ages 0-4 to one of Hawaii's best-known dieties, the volano goddess, whose power is still on view today on the Island of Hawaii where Kilauea continues to erupt.
Naupaka: Introduces kids ages 0-4 to one of Hawaii's best-known love stories that explains why the native plant naupaka--which can be found on the beach and in the mountains--blooms only half a flower.
Hi'iaka: A vicious, destructive wind has been wreaking havoc in Waipio Valley causing the people distress. Homes are being destroyed, crops are blowing away, and the people need help. Hiiaka and her lightning pau (skirt) rushes to the valley and confronts the wind. A raging battle ensues. Hiiaka throws lightning bolts and rain. The wind eventually dies down and is cast into a small cave where he can be heard howling to this day. The people of Waipio Valley are once again safe and can live their lives in peace.