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Molokaʻi-Nui-a-Hina

Updated: Feb 23

(Oral history account told by John Kaimikaua to me)

Kii: Ku'ialuaopuna

Molokaʻinui a Hina


This Moʻolelo was shared to me by Kumu Hula, John Kaimikaua at the site called Kaʻana over looking Puʻu ʻŌlohe on the moku of Molokaʻi nui a Hina in the mid 1990s.

The akua Hina is known among many pacific island cultures. On the island of Molokaʻi and its lua practitioners, she is known as a great koa and has many forms.One such kinolau is Molokai island it self, another kinolau was found at Paʻohiki ridge on the island of Molokaʻi. At Paʻohiki, there is a cave on the side of this ancient land. In this ana, Hina kept her ipu named Wawahonuaʻaho and in this ipu were the famous makani of Hina. This ipu Wawahonuaʻaho had a poʻi which kept the makani in rest within the body of her ipu. The inoa of her three makani were called Nā Makani ʻĀhiu O Hina. The name of her makani mua was ʻIlinahu, ka lua, or second wind was called Uluhewa, and the me hope, or last wind was named Luluku. When Hina needed to call upon her select makani, each makani had its purpose and character that would be unleashed on the lands.


The makani called ʻIlinahu swept from the uka of Kamalo down to the kai. No life was taken when ʻIlinahu was set free. The makani Uluhewa rushed from Pailolo channel,between Maui and Molokai sweeping inland. Kahawai flooded, heavy was the ua , trees were uprooted, property was destroyed and again, no life was taken. The last makani, Luluku, destroyed life. Thunder reverberated throughout the aina, lightning flashed, if one was innocent and cared for others and their gods, they survived. Those people that were hewa in their ways were punished. Hina would bring about her certain makani by the way she opened the poʻi of her ipu. For the ʻIlinahu Hina would do the ʻai called popilikia which would just cause the poʻi of the ipu to crack open just a little, releasing ʻIlinahu on her journey.To bring forth the second makani Uluhewa, Hina would perform the ʻai called ʻoi which would cause the poʻi to open up a little more and release this makani on the lands. The ʻai Wekepono cause the poʻi to be taken off completely, releasing luluku on its journey of destruction. All things and places were destroyed and flooded. If one was righteous then he was spared, if one was hewa and corrupt , he was destroyed. It was said Hina only released Luluku one time in manʻs history, and this was when Kanaloa was allowed to sweep over the lands.

Hinaʻs kinolau also came in specific rain called Ka-ulu-kukulu-nui-o-hina. This ua always emerged at the eastern end of the island of Molokaʻi, at the shore area called Puʻupoʻi. At Puʻupoʻi sat a large pōhaku in the sea, next to the shoreline called Pōhaku poʻi. This pōhaku was the bathing spot of Lanikaula the kahuna of Molokaʻi island. This kinolau of Hina, Kaulukukulunuiohina released huge rain drops on the shore and for the people of this place it was a sign of blessings for one to be touched by these huge drops of rain. The people of old came from miles to stand in this rain. There is a famous kapa from Molokaʻi named Hoʻopēahina, and it was kapa that was scented by these drops of Kaulukukulunuiohina.


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Mahalo for the Mo’Olelo. It’s a wonderful story of Hina

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Maile 'Awapuhi
Maile 'Awapuhi
Mar 12, 2021

Mahalo for sharing. What beautiful mo’olelo. Love how the names are interconnected with other places in all of Hawai’i. Luluku is also ‘aina, a beautiful stronghold that shares the same type of kauna that this story holds. Lots of research to do. Working on my kaena to implement place names with wind rain and special attributes my ‘ohana holds. aloha!!

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Unknown member
Mar 11, 2021

We can manifest the attributes of our kupuna in the mana we put into our leo, our thought and our energy. Calling upon the winds today is still common. So think of your kaena, when you do your keana are you emitting all of your energy , thought or intent into your vibrational picture? The kaena is a portrait of your vibrations that you generate. The nuclear blast you just sent out will be received as an image of pictures and vibrational feelings. So are you in tune with your higher self and those you call about that intermix with those intense words and pictures? example; You learn to translate your kaena literally word for word, each line its ow…

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Kanoe Wilson
Kanoe Wilson
Mar 11, 2021

Hina, this beautiful goddess who we mostly know as the woman in the moon making her kapa. I love hearing her other attributes her ipu of winds, the ʻai that would call upon these winds, the name of the ua and the kapa scented from that ua. I remember during Merrie Monarch one year a hālau had performed a hula honoring different winds and when each name of the wind was called gusts of wind could be felt by everyone in the stadium. In fact, when one of the names was called a gust of wind came into the stadium and the power went out. This mo'olelo is making me want to go and find out which hālau and …


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Unknown member
Mar 11, 2021

What a fitting moʻolelo right now when there is big rain and wind all over our islands! Awesome the names of her makani ahiu.

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