This is a re-telling of stories relating popular legends associated with Māui. Adapted by Dietrich Varez, it was recorded with native speaker Ka`upena Wong. Published by by Coconut Info LLC in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.
The Māui group of legends is particularly spectacular. Māui’s deeds: lifting the sky, snaring the sun, fishing for islands, learning from birds how to make fire, are flooded with magic. The Māui legends are full of imagination and distinctly Polynesian. Māui is remembered as a mischief maker, a rascal, a kupua (form-taker), and an all-powerful god and son of Hina.
This collection of Māui stories is repeated in audio to stimulate new interest as well as preserve the mythology of the Māui god in all his forms. The Legends of Māui contains a larger number of unique and ancient myths than that of any other legendary character in the mythology of any nation.
The Māui legends form one of the strongest links in the mythological chain of evidence which binds the inhabitants of the Pacific into the one nation of Polynesia. Māui legends are found in the islands of Fiji, Gilbert, Hawai‘i, Marquesas, Marshall, New Hebrides, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti.
In this presentation the voice of native speaker Ka‘upena is candidly animated, from scolding to belly-laughs, and includes many references to Hawaiian names and legendary Hawaiian characters. Like our other Hawaiian legends, this one is now preserved for future generations to come. In English.
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