Makuakaumana

The story of Makua and the two Gods

Pō'akahi, Malaki Umikumaono

After Makuakaumana's wife past away, Makua left his only son in charge of his house, as he tend to his farm. As a farmer, he harvested an abundant amount of food that was offered to his Gods and community. He prays to two main gods; Kane and Kanaloa. Kane and Kanaloa realizes what Makua has been doing for his community. As strangers in the story, Kane and Kanaloa visit Makua. They give him an 'o'o and an auamo as a gift to provide more to Makua's community with less labor. The two Gods also taught Makua about several other topics including the great fish. Makua then tells his son to stay home as he went to visit the great fish. There, he was swallowed by the great fish and taken to Kane-huna-moku (The Land Of Gods) where he could live like a God and no longer had to work with the exception that his did not cry or feel sorrow. He then has a dream where his wife and son died; he cried so the Gods has sent him back to the land where men can die. They said that his will become a God and rescue Makua.

How can we use the concepts of Kāne/Kanaloa to bring pono to our community?

In the mo'olelo of Makuakaumana, we learned of how Kāne and Kanaloa visit the farmer Makua who is someone who is an excellent farmer, who is generous and sharing the things that he grows. Because of this Kāne and Kanaloa reward him with a supernatural 'o'o and auamo, with these tools he is able to farm and share his crops with great ease. We can learn from Kāne, Kanaloa and Makua about being generous with our talents and whatever we have. By doing this we will grow and our communities will grow in a better way.

Group Members

Kayla Clarke, Delenn Kaneaiakala, and Kiana Clarke