Feline Karma

If somebody were to meow like a cat before dying, would you think a cat’s death caused the death?

Kanohokuahiwi and his two sons Kalani and Kaianui became ill. Kalani mewed like a cat before dying, and Kahuna Neau diagnosed the cause of the illness as killing a favorite cat of Neau’s grandchild. Neau predicted that since the other two men contributed to the cat’s death, they will die as well.

Kanohokuahiwi’s wife begged Neau to magically cure her husband and son. The “aged but vigorous-looking Hawaiian woman” said doing so will be difficult, but would attempt to cure them.

She cooked a pig in an imu (underground oven), and somebody ate it while mysterious rites and incantations to Wahineaea and other aumakuas were made. Then, the same was done to a second, third, then fourth pig. Did Kanohokuahiwi and Kaianui survive? Read more about it in “Caught a Kahuna.”


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