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The Ancient History of Hookumu Ka Lani

& Hookumu Ka Honua

By Solomon L. K. Peleioholani [Also see Peter Marsh]

 

 

          "The ancestors of the Hawaiian race came not from the islands the South Pacific – for the immigrants from that direction were late arrivals there. – but from the northern direction (welau lani), that is, from the land of Kalonakikeke, now known as Alaska.

 

          According to this tradition, a great flood that occurred during the reign of Kahiko- Luamea on the continent of Ka-Houpo-o-Kane, (“The Bosom of Kane”) and carried away a floating log of wood named Konikonihia. On this log was a precious human cargo and it came to rest on the land of Kalonakikeke (“Alaska”).  

 

          On this log were the first man and woman who came to Kalonakikeke from the continent of Ka-Houpo-o-Kane, they were Kalonakiko-ke ("Mr Alaska") and his wife Hoomoe-a-pule (“Woman of my dreams”). They were said to both be high chiefs of the countries of Kanaka-Hikina (“Person of the east”) and Kanaka-Komohana (“Person of the west”) and were descended from the great great ancestor Huka-ohialaka.

 

          Many generations later, Chief Nuu, travelled with his wife, Lilinoe, their three sons and their three wives in a canoe called Ka-Waa-Halau-Alii-O-Ka-Moku (“The royal canoe of the continent”), and it rested apon Mauna Kea (“White Mountain”), on the island of Hawaii. They were the first Hawaiians.

 

          According to Hawaiian genealogies, Chief Nuu lived around 200 BCE. (This agrees closely with the genetic evidence showing the time of arrival of Polynesians in the Pacific) “


          Over about 100 years, 1300-1400 AD, a large number of warlike Tahitians arrived on the islands of Hawaii. At some point the warrior priest Pa`ao came to Hawaii and found that the religion (that of the Tahitians) was weakening. He was disturbed that the people lived in peace and that the "...kapus were few and the ceremonies were simple: that human sacrifices and cannibalism were unknown; and that the government was more patriarchal than imperial in nature." (Fornander, An Account of the Polynesian Race, Vol.1, p 209) To him, it seemed that the previous invasions from Tahiti, had failed. There being no real class distinctions and the newcomers being assimilated with typical Hawaiian Aloha. This could not be tolerated. He went back to Tahiti and then returned with warriors, priests (kahuna) and royalty (ali'i) of much mana (“spiritual power”). With this force, he invaded the peaceful land. He killed the priests of 'Io and changed the attributes of Ku, Lono and Kane, from detesting human death, to demanding it. He brought bloody stones from a human sacrificial site in Tahiti and used them to desecrate the primary heiau (“temple) of 'Io on the "Big Island" and then built his luakini (“human sacrificial”) heiau on top of it. A few of the priests of `Io escaped to New Zealand, before Pa'ao had the great voyaging canoes destroyed, his own included. It is not clear if the great Hawaiian navigators were put to death with the destruction of their vessels, or their escape so infuriated the invader that he burnt the remaining canoes as retaliation, but Hawaii had very little contact with the outside world for the next 100 years.


         
Pa`ao not only destroyed the original Hawaiian culture and distorted their worship of Ku, but with the introduction of many elemental spirits (like Pele - one chant mentions 400,000 lesser 'gods'), but also of the cruel 'kapu' system. This forbade many things and demanded many more, with any violation being punishable by death. The laws were strict and always favored the kahuna and the ali`i. At some point during the eradication of the priests of `Io, one of them predicted that 'one day the knowledge of `Io would be restored to the Hawaiian people.' For 600 years the families that descended from the priesthood have kept that hope alive, wondering if one of their sons would be the one.

 

          Also tradition maintains that Tahiti (The Distant Land) was discovered from Hawaii (The homeland) That is why they sailed Hokulea in that direction.


          The Menehune stone works are a mystery and why Hawaiians fashion their helmets in the manner of Greek helmets is also an obscurity.  Perhaps Odysseus visited there on his 10-year voyage around the world?  (Although in Tibet there are also crested helmets and orange robes, which suggests a connection with their common ancestry on the East Coast of Asia (Yonaguni).  The phallic and vaginal pestles found on Hawaii, which match Canadian pestles almost exactly, point to a connection with the Menhir/Menatol culture of America and Europe.


             If there were Caucasians living in Hawaii they could be related to the ancient red heads of America (Nevada mummies) - who were the dominant population up until 6,000 years ago according to Dakota chiefs. (Kennewick Man fits this history).  Their disappearance was most likely through unadapted genes (rhesus neg and susceptibility to disease) as well as wars with the incoming Asians with the Ina/Inana/Hina/Sina (Sumerian/Polynesian moon goddess) gene (viz Brian Sykes)