Pele was driven out of the island of Kahiki (an island far from the Hawaiian islands) by her older sister Namaka. Pele, the Fire Goddess and maker of lands, bids farewell to Kahiki knowing she can never return. One majestic canoe carries her family across the vast ocean. A favorite uncle and keeper of the sacred fire sticks travels with Pele, and she is led across the oceans by her brother Kamohoali'i. After several battles with Namaka, Pele finally settles on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she occassionally spars with the goddess of snow and ice, Poli'ahu.
Once, while in a deep dream, Pele travels to the island of Kauai and falls in love with a prince Lohi'au, an Ali'i (royal) of the island. When her youngest sister Hi'iaka awakens her, Pele finds that she is far too weak to travel and begs Hi'iaka t travel and fetch Lohi'au for her. Hi'iaka reluctantly agrees, as long as Pele takes care of Hi'iaka's sacred Lehua grove (a flowering tree unique to the islands) while Hi'iaka is on her journey. Pele gives Hi'iaka a magic skirt of lei, and with it, Hi'iaka embarks upon an epic quest. Along her journey, Hi'iaka battles fierce dragon-like monsters, the Mo'o clan and their leader Mo'olau. Hi'iaka rescues Lohi'au from the monsters and brings him back to the impatient Pele, only to find that Pele, in her despair, had destroyed Hi'iaka's beloved Lehua grove.
|This black and red lei took approximately 80 hours to make. |
Its black feathers are the naturally colored feathers of a mallard, and the red feathers are dyed goose feathers.