Hawaiian Legends

In Polynesian folklore, the sun moved so quickly that it made the days short. Hina told her son, the demigod Maui, that she needed the sun to stay up longer, so her kapa (bark cloth) could dry. So Maui climbed on top of Mount Haleakala (house of the sun) and lassoed the rising sun, using his sister’s hair. The chief made the sun agree to slow down the days and make them long in the summer and short in the winter.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Hawaiian legends showed up in American newspapers. Read more

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