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Accession No. 6 f

, 189 8 .
Class No.


The Hawaiian Legend of Creation




" How fleet is a glance of the mind !

Compared with the speed of its flight,
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light."




23 First St., S. F., Cal.





Is my language original matter ?

Is the plan of this story my own ?

I answer, my claim 's for the latter;

The words used in telling unknown.

If the reader finds any he's met with before,

Familiar and loved used by writers of yore

Please credit them all, in such manner and measure,

As, reading my story, will give you most pleasure.


Aloha! fair Hawaii,
A song to thee I sing
Thou land of endless summer
And ceaseless, blooming spring.
Aloha ! land of sunshine,
Of beauty, warmth and .rest-
Some day may thy people
By God be saved and bless'd.



Legend commences in long ago time,
Nigh over the Tast agile Thought, cannot climb;
For even swift Though!, after millions of ages,
Becomes travcl-lilindfd anil i/i chaos raqex,
jind thus never rcni'hc* Time's youth or those years
When force had ///// faxliiorifri tin' hat glowing xphc
Which only stood .<//// in n rluud of blue apace
To cool, before storting in Time's whirling race.
Close your eyes, then, and endeavor to Ihink
Of a fal /torn lex*, /y/;//WMv,v, precipitous brink,
On which a mind. *ian<iittfi, bul nothingness feels f
&n absence of 'Being, before which it reels


n * f?

V^EX &


And falls back; and, by grim blackness caught,

carried beyond to the regions of naught.
My part but the space, o 'er I he far-away past,
Of a heart's throb, when the- blood pulses fast;
'Tis but a fragment, for man is too weak
To write of those things of which gads alone speak.
Mine not a history of gods, but of men;
Of Change and of Death to Vie world ushered in..

WHEftE the bright god of day from his high architrave
Looks down on fire mountains, on

valleys and wave,
Which shimmer, green, redden, in

tropical glow,
rind the yam and the mango with

sweet guavas arow;
Where the cocoanut palm and
the rose-apple bloom,


nd life is one long, sunny, still afternoon,'

In I he land of Wakea, of flowers and song,
Lies Mauf. p from Wailuhi along,

?lre bounded by > rose,

Like lite peu ] it goes

The smile of the murmn : i the night

$Lnd floods va // rivers of Haiti,

HE^E dwelt the gods when the stars first shorn through
The dim mists of distance with canopy blue,
nd all Ihi* fair farlh lay hidden beneath
The bcnl-grecn water* of Creation's Leth';
When, never n as pain, woe, weakness or age,

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Nor Death, with his greedy, insatiable ray?,
But lift was unpanged; there was quid and

On Haleakala, the mount of the bless'd.

No darkness //Y/.V then, for I he mountain 's high brou

U'*as crowned by the lowers of

a ffalemaumau;
dnd when the day-god sank to

sleep in the west,
The light fronrHs
fountains in
dress' d

The koa and palm;
new shades of

Came into the
1)ay; no phantoms had


Mere a rre silver-bright streams,
vluch ran with a song

To gladden the sta. TJierc was no sin or wrong
For monarch and slare in fhix />/<? irere unknown,
&tt men mre gods, all gods men alone.

MO. a valley of beauty supreme,
'erlooked, walled by mount aim, fern-plumed and sertti
Wfiere thousands of waterfalls cool the warm air,
And a bow multi-colored, with promises rare,
Is shadowed forever from mountain to sea
And back, in a vision of joys yet to
Where Vie sty floats on /iff//', </ rcil of blue haze.,
While below through lh* >< loom-bordered wn,

Glints, now in t/ie sunshine and now disappears,



31 bright stream which warbles through long summer yean,

lo, high goddess of reason and light,
Fair as the morning, when hope /.v all 'bright,
And the soul through the n w looks abroad o 'er the world
To catch the faint gleam of the splendor thai ^ hurled
From, the car of the sun, and radiates then
To sweeten and hallo* the lires of all men.


Every high god gave, his mind and his heart

To fashion her pa I are beyond earthly art

Of description. Here one saw the work of the hand

Which 'Purih <]ui<1e+; 'franquiliiy there it 'avert her wand;

While Wisdom, and 'truth their combined strength


In building tKe walls which to Love fondly raised;
?lnd the great Sovereign God, who guards great and

Adorned, beautified and embellished it all.

e. goddess of yrfure, tt$ gardener, laid
Out den' hi it a,
HI I It fairest of roses each pathway //VA //?/////-



/// n murmur of bliss. In return nevermore;

Jl< if the *<> ft it liters teemed nil It ocean life I ken,

'/'Iti- sht/rk ninl Hie pulii. the dolphin, mermen;

sitid none it ere I he prey of the oilier A nho tile.

I'ji'en it l> rut her their hunger to ante;

Ihil Ilicy fashed <ind they >//>////. a* tn lo th.ev crime.

Joyous '/x Freedom before she'd n name;

?lntl llii'Y sported and spun through I/if xt/wry spray,

(J hid tome a it It life in life 's longest day.

OF ti 'DAY, as the goddess rode shoreward, a well
From the cares where the mcrmaidcns duel/.
Swept over Ihe ocean in grent walls of foam,
Which broke in the garden of her palace home;



>S -, - ,:-,- _-,,.,, ,,_-



And a dolphin rode ever by ////,



Which, carried so far l>v the .>///


From its home, lay gasping and warm



On the sand, pillowed and held by the arm

| 4s&^l :

Of the goddess. 'Then crimson it grew as lh<- i,

Of the sun in the west when his f.rc.xt. sinks below

! ^f

The honzoned circle of Time's rounded globe ;

Then golden and bright as the glittering rohr.


Of the morning; 'blue as the sk\ a hen the sentinel star*

Are watching the transit of red burning .)////*.-


: V^;;?-' \

And yellow, maroon, green, olive and while;

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And last in its colors, incandescent bright,


'Twas like a great opal in flame spots of red.

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Transparent and glowing; and the fish god it //.- dead.


And the goddess of Reason saw, it here m/x // //>></.


A man, who arose and stood firm on the sod

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Of the lawn. Darkness came ttien o 'er the mountain


and sea,


."/ wind cold as death sighed through blossoms and tree
jlnd the gods of the earth fo the fair valley came
Hastening and fearful. .*/// rust the sad blame
Upon Jo, wlio found Ihi* new being with aspect *
they knew as Wakea, Ihe man god of Change,

THUS came into being Wakea and 'Death;
dnd so came the 'Darkness, with this god's fast breath;
f But a mother's heart loved him, and, as the years ran,
She polished and cultured the father of man;
Taught him all Wisdom, and Knowledge, and Art;
All skill in all things in which gods have a part;
The law of 'Dynamics, of Fluids and Light,
Of Sound and of Distance; how Mind made its flight
To travel the universe; nor was there left aught
Within the unlimited regions of Thought,
Unknown to Wakea. The drts lost to-day
for him were amusements, were but childish play.
And he wander* d a mldering labyrinth maze
Of intricate fancy, where, clear as the rays
Of the. mm when 'tis noontide, pure Wisdom sees
Each sculptured figure on cornice and frieze t
Which armment passages in the great whole


The gods designate as the home of the soul,
dnd he came to maturity, modest, but strong,
Careful of 'Sight, and blowing no wrong;
The mother was first of all things in his love,
On land or in air, in the sea or above;
Sis haven of joy and Wisdom 's retreat
He found as he sat at a fond mother's

2?Z/T Change came to alter the whole, universe,
To color, to substitute, shift and make worse;
It came to diversify, vex, agitate,
To lot and determine man 's ultimate /
And doom to extinction; to limit the span
Which measures the life of each mortal man.
And its struggles, contentions, unrest;
Its strivings to better what gods deem 'd the best, A
Made Wakea a wanderer soon as In's range
Knew all wisdom, dnd he sought something strange
3ts he strayed through the worlds and each star
WMch kung o Vr ttie island of Maui and far
To the east, where t/ie sun from his home
Smiks first on this earth. Then south where Ihc- foam
Of the placid Pacific breaks over the sand
Of hot Micronesia, and wed to the land
Whose shores Polynesia '$ link under the deep;
north where the earth is fast frozen; asleep


fn Vic rlasp of cold winter. $nd he found but a grarf.

THVS he came to Hawaii
I V and ba$k'


Of a palm in a wide flowery glade,
Which enters the mountains near

JKona. dud? sleep
Like an odor came, when zephyrs

Soft over plains where the poppy

wooed him to rest, but he
slept all alone.


10, the mother, who had watched her child's flight.
Came with low winds to fan and nith shadows the lujhl

Of the sun 's rays lo slake.
And her heart sighed lo sec
\The workings of Change; and
she sat 'neath the tree

While the ,sv/.v ran his course- and the stars one hy one

Smiled down from the pathway o'er tifrich he. hud run:

^ind dill slept the boy. Then came the morning again,

T/A silent the sun god arose from the main

?lnd opened the gales for the morn to pass through.

find the mother in troubled, compassionate me

Sat, with no thought which could comfort, console,

The child which she loved with the. whole

Of her being. Thus, while lie slumbered find lo waiti-d,

O'er the sea came a turtle-dove, lone and an in a ted,

With sweet, plaintive cry, and it flew to I he pa /in

Where Wakea slumbered; its note* seemed a halm

To his spirit, for, smilint/, lie rose and called to the bird,

Which came at his call, and when Jo heard

The tones of his voice, their Ion;/ ing request

For companionship, till now all unblessed

By responses, her soul moved with pily, her hand

Stretched to fondle the bird, and she clasped the deep


Of color which bound the smooth throat; and there came
Such a change as astonished the <)<>d* when they saw,
And fitted mother and son with Lne's new-found awe.
For the dove was no more, but a uo/nan was there,


Fond as the dove, but more bfauliful, star-eyed and fair
Than all the bright risions which CJiiinye or its dreams
Had pictured or mirrored in Fancy's wide streams.


SO cam Kakahiaka, the mom,

?lnd tte mother of men; from her and Wakea were torn

3LU the peoples which spread o'er the earth from each


fill they met y ft again where Hit: mi</hly sea's roll
Sounds deep on the shorn of Hawaii, dwl )t 'akea all
"Men knew as Father, and 'Peace o'er I h

rounded batt,

Like Hie smile of a montiiu] in May,
Threw her mantle. .Vc/> /im/ a/xl Im rr/ on till the t


Wh&fi their soul to Waked returned; and they, thought
Their future prm'isions for lime or the world but as

In the hands of Wakea. There iras no hoard and no


3fo grandeur of nwn who plundered the earth
jLnd made slaves of ten thousands, so the one
Might shine for an hour, in an hour to be gone.
Only to leave, like the track of a famine, the blight
Of his course, and hatred as black as woe's night.
To curse his career. In those olden days
Mankind was not robbed by his brother; his ways
Not surrounded by pitfalls, around which, when lie fell,
brother's rejoicings arose as Ms knell.

find lo, in sorrow, returned to the yam fields

Of Maui. ( But once more they met till those years

When the god$ left the earth and wandered in spheres

Where man was unable lo follow; then Wakea came

To mourn the sad fate of man and to blame

The high uods who created this being, and gave

Him his great capabilities, then left him a slave

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To the f awnings of Hope, tt'/,< sent ,:>;> at a jester

?ll his ef/'ui'l:-; iind MY//// itith his phantoms of friir
'la poison Ins happiness. Left him blind to I he future

and /our,

In <t dt'st-r! of wonderment, 'fore fhe unknown.
/), !>! :ii''h >>,',/ /iii./erx /w/v/W out fur his hest.

its acme <>f zest.

N" lt'ii/.'< u i': I nif In ins /nut he i' for succor and did,
?ll the firi r isle f Maui, and, mourning, he said:

"THIS have I found, and my soul if ///.? with dread.
'fftttt nil must, sontf dtiy, pmtfsoe'er flic /ifc they've it/f
Gran old, unlovely, neat;, bowed duini niffi weight of


And though mm lark up Lave and ////> as fluse as fears
Can conjure, so thai Nig hi and Duy I heir breaths arc


Yd 'J imc can atnie and filch, for Time moves on,
And thus steals passions, tjraee and youth away,
,i.? 'black M<//t/ sledls the rose-gleam from the hills of

Which fade to darkness. And I've wondered how deaf


7 sore her sued ness, spite of Time; below, above,
ff r somewhere 'mid the, whirling spheres, in lhal pint

or this,
Hold f<is{ Ihe lift', which here men, living, miss.



c Bul no, there is no fortune by the gods e'er told
To slay Vie spirit which forever makes men old;
There is no power on earth, in sty, in any clime,
To stay the unrelenlless Jiaiid of time. "

then his head, Wafaa slowly paced the vak
II 'here lo dwell in 'Main: whil>- his mother told the tale
Of ages. How Matter, Xoul, //,/ Mnd

But served a purpose fi.icd, each in class and kind
determined by the Sovereign God, whose lavs,
Inscrutable to gods, were never questioned nor their

Or effect e 'er impugned. How every god who rules the


Sighs in the breeze, or with his hand of bounty gave
Its perfume to the rose, or guides the chariot of the sun,
Or lights the star* a hen 'Darkness says the day is done,
'But does his part in one grand universal Iffiole,
Of which the Sovereign God is essence and the Soul.

'maltest atom floating in the hazy realms of space,
.V<?/ tiny />, 'might can even trace,

Can in Hie fimm*i-i(nr* all-pervading plan

' indispensable as man.

ft Why does man murmur? See the stems of grain
Which ram the wheat hud* lo the sun and fruitful rain;
$0 they question a/n the providence of God
Has wilted that each return unto the clod
from which it sprunt;. han'est time is o'a'.'

What claim has man u/j'.i th> : //;//.< for any more


When compared with the unbounded, infinite Ml,
That other worlds know not of his existence; shall not

He lived. Tel each one of alt these myriad worlds,

which go


H'ith constellated splendors through Ihe 1<ir year,
filled nilh /iff. Man htt$ no need to stand in an?

f>f 'JJeath. or fear
The wit fieri u tj breath of age. 'The <jod* will keep I heir


Tis only mortal /nan it ho, dying, shall I It us quit*' atone
For man '$ wrong-doing; Ihf Spirit free, heroine* again
'I he god and, resuming rule //.< in ///'.? former reign,
Furgds Ihe squalid mciinncss, bounded by the narrow

Of mortal apprehension. Men

at'// .steadily pursue
'The circle, of their own conceit;

in dreary dullness plod
XI riling for Ihe earth and tarn-
int] but a mouldy clod.

>. n akea, go bid your weep-
ing mortals dry their tears

taught by I heir sen'ants,
the Hide-eyed, patient steers,
U'hitli hear th? yoke of man's
contriving, endure their load,


^id them dream no more
d$ his course


/y THE first days of man's creation, before his

children spread
Throughout the world, pastoral were the ways his

fancy ted.

To tend his flocks and watch the growing herd
Browse on the juicy herbage, while the bright-winged


Sang ever near the pasture; to live long years of peace,
find see his children and his /oys increase,
Filled up the measure of his cares. No war was made

on life
To feed man's hunger; Lore and Mercy, prevalent and


Stretched forth the kindly hand of strength to shield
The smallest living creature, in Ike wood or field.
Man claimed no right to plunder, hunt or kill
c By reason of superior wisdom or his greater skill;
In each breathing thing a brother's form he saw,
Which lived and died by the same perfect law
That gave him being. Then was Nature's brotherhood;
Happiness for self, for all God's creatures good.


HJ'T Change and 3)cath wrought ever side by fide
Men talked of a future, while some there were

who cried
against the gods' decrees and questioned,

"when and why?"
Wondered, speculated; smiled when men were

born, and wept to see, them die:
Said, "For posterity men should have a

And argued ton/, with most important,

solemn air.

That the gods gave man reason, clearly thus to mark

$ rank above the brute;

thai this divine and

godly spark
Inspired men with a zeal lo

build, on earth, a name
To be. remembered; and
then men worshipped

And strove nilh 'Death lo

hold their crumbling


time, f raised.


JZlfT some great hearts who s<nr beyond the vail

Which hides Ihc future; some spirils saddened

by the wail
That rose in clamor from I he low, the base

and mean,

Those mortals who are ever heard and ever seen
When betterment of self or betterment of theirs
Or some enlargement of estate or heirs
Is but considered, to Waken catm and prayed
That he would give some sign to guide the feet

which strayed

From path* of nisdom; some token by which men

should know
The road to happiness, the

thorny ways of woe.
Thut Wakea taught, and

they who listened grew
In knowledge; but they

numbered only few:

be miserable needs' only to be weak,
Yet man's most capital fault and weakness


And you mil find, whatsoe'er his station be,
beggar or prince, in slavish bonds or free,
He struggles most and most he treasures


To guard his tenure even for one single hour,
Of those frail flowers of Fame which crou/i

his brow,

Tfor recks where he obtain* them, when or how.
There is no end, no ebbing turn of tide

To human greed. M vanity or human pride.
' wiginy farm of all the joy he grasps;
'.is better spirit

The hotlomess of all those ravished raptures
/// the gaudy draperies complete

It 'hick hide Life *s tinseled pomp and plea-
sures vain,

With all its shabbiness, its falseness and Us

Should teach men virtue and life's lesson trite,

That Happiness is doing, always, right.


".-1X7) vhat is life? :// and silcn

-, Mocking, vacant and accufi
Then but lotus thoughts, unformed and


liliich on Hack, shoreless waters swim;
Then smiles tun! joj s. // ilh griff and many


Infinite strife and ghastly, spectre fears;
Then once again the circling wheel of Change

cafiies round,
dnd J)tirb/f^. Death and fishes in the grave

An itie fantaa-lic, crumped, chimerical and

Is human Life, and that, for man, is all.


"AND man who slruts this island vain and mean;
And laughs Us shifting shores between;
And runs that way and hurries after this,
Fearful that some paltry Change he '// miss,
But chases shadows, evanescent and unreal;
And shall, whatever he may think or feel,
However much he make, how love, or burn

with hate;
How cringe 'fore Fear or, lured by Hope,

%tut return to dust, like alt his teeming

fancies, when
He's launched upon the, waves of Time's dark pathless


This is man 's end, so has

been; and ever so shall be

Throughout the span men

name Eternity.

f( Bl'T Virtu?, Truth and Justice, each shall live when


With all his show of marvels, all his farce
and mime,

Shall be no more. For these three answer
at the call

Of Makuakane, He, the Sovereign God of all.

And, after man with all his petty strife and
senseless fears,

With all his Falsehood, Baseness and Injus-
tice, disappears,
This trinity shall lead man 's Spirit, by the pathway trod



Of all reluming Souls, back to its giver, God,
And never hiinl of Earth, nor Sin, nor Vice

nor any crime,
Shall foul God's essence with their grossness

or their grime.

Man may abuse his body till the yawning grave
deceive it; the Spirit, swift, to Him who

Returns unsullied. The body, from which

the Soul has fled,
Is, remains forever, Senseless, JSxtinct and


" WHE/i all mankind shall circumspectly view

Bodies politic and, watchful, thoughtfully

Their histories with mind deliberate and
honest heart;

Shall fathom quite the sophist's keen falla-
cious art,

'By which fair words ill deeds but cover and

which the wih few, unchecked, wreck
public weal,

They must God's Tower and Wisdom then


Musi see man 's Treasure and his real Happiness
Upon this earth, was not the divine, or perfect plan
Of God's design when He Created Mortal Man.

"WITHIN the bitter cup which all mankind must taste

many sorrows, many natural evils placed;
dnd every jirl by human knowledge used,
And every Method, Motive, Lav, or 'Policy abused
To cure these evils, since those first happy, gladsome

When joyous stars together sang fond Nature's praitt,


Have only served to magnify, lo heighten and lo


Or bring new mischiefs into man's low estate.
How long, just God, before dumb man, shall own
The sway of nature? Shall let her voice be heard and


Shalt heed her counsels kind, which always plainly say
li^hich is the jusler, milder or more most gracious way?
For Mind, Ambition, eager strive, and only see
The triumphs of Iheir skill and subtlety;

never stop lo count their senseless store
So long as conquest, pursuit offers more.

MO TLtiGl'E has to God's straying people rent
that they name their social government;


Wo cause of dungeon*, tortures, racks and chains,
Gibbets, murders, anguish, groans and agonizing pai'm
Is quite so apt in every wile and guise sophistic
As that men call the Church, ecclesiastic.

These two, as all men s woes and ins male,

For reasons known as the " Concerns of State,"

Hare robbed and plundered far and mar,

Awed by their craft- and sternly ruled by Fear;

Have made the Truth her throne forsake,

'Dissimulation '$ feigning way to make,

Until to-day, on earth's tear-catered face,

Liberty and )'irtue have no 'biding place;

For instead of their own unpolluted state,

There's some dcfling, ill made adulterate.

And ail for n-hal? Because man 's made of belter clay




Than beasts and plan Is, n Inch flourish and decay,
?lnd thus man proves his wisdom and his worth
"By becoming baser Ihan I he vilest thing on earth.

MOST men from
the teachings of
Wakea turned

\To the grimace of
some stony idol,
and spurned

The gods of their fathers: said, "Men could not wait

for ages unborn
For the good which the gods came to teach men should


Man wants assurance that for lives broken and sore,
He shall lire again, lore again, on some fairer shore. "
Great temples Here biiilded to gods called "Unknown;"
Men sacrificed In appease, and the expiring groan
Of the victims so slain, drowned for a season the plaint
Of the just: and the poison, the tinge and the taint
Of corruption spread over the earth like a pall.
Men parcelled the globe; slaves came at their call;
Springs in Life's desert, the waters which ran
From great rivers, were owned hy the fortunate man
Who frsl came upon them; and water was sold
from the wells of the gods, to enhance the gold
Of the men who enclosed them; newcomers found
fflul nakedness, barrenness, all the world round;
For those who were born when the lands were divided,
it 'ere the only souls who had life-holds provided.
.>// last men gave to itlden gods no thought or heed,
: Bu! foitne(/, taught, and only hrtcd to Greed;


Then the gods departed from their old-time home
tit Maui, throng haul the starry realms to roam,
l/hlil the lime when man vilh all his lusts -shall

find cease to cumber this immortal, deathless sphere.


7/1Z7ZW the god Wakea saw the cheating fruit* of


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