This is the second drawing I’ve done inspired by the Hawaiian myth; “Prince Ka-ui-lani & The Magic Spear”.
“Prince Ka-ui-lani & the ‘Talking Spear”.
( Explanation of this Hawaiian myth )
A young Hawaiian prince comes of age and inherits ‘a magic talking spear’.
This spear helps whoever welds it in battle with it’s supernatural powers.
It’s best power is telling it’s owner exactly what to do to win in any battle.
My favorite tale of Prince Ka-ui-lani & the ‘Talking Spear’ is his very first adventure:
Prince Ka-ui-lani’s origin story tells how the young prince comes of age, journeys from his grandparents sacred stream to his ancestral home; The Place-Of-Many-Waters.
Unfortunately, the young prince finds his homeland in terrible reversals. His father, once the most powerful chief on the Island of Kauai, who lead hundreds of fierce warriors and who enjoyed their vastly rich lands, is now hiding with only a handful of faithful followers in the sharp & rocky up-lands of wind-twisted-trees.
Since before Ka-ui-lani was born, their blood-line has been cursed by a monster. Now that the prince has come OF age, helped by the sacred waters of his father’s parents, the prince can inherit his ‘weapon’ and use it to save his father’s people from the terrible sea “Kapua” that has tormented them for a generation.
The Sea Monster’s a formidable foe: It’s name is: “Aku-of-the-Swollen-Billows.” A hideous mixture of a narwhal whale, a vampire squid, and something too terrible to describe except that it has an addiction for the taste of human flesh. The creature’s reputed to be smarter than any man, and has supernatural powers to control water spouts, winds, waves, and tides.
“Aku-of-the-Swollen-Billows” has held a reign of terror over the “Place-of-Many-Waters” before the young prince was born, and the beast is just too strong for the young prince to best in battle alone.
The magic spear tells Prince Ka-ui-lani to carve seven wooden warriors from special KOA wood. Magically, the talking Spear then chants & prays the Wooden Tiki Warriors into life.
The Wooden Tiki Men fearlessly fight for Prince Ka-ui-lani.
The Magic Spear advises our hero how to trick “Aku-of-the-Swollen-Billows” into becoming overly enraged, and soon the bellowing monstrosity makes a foolish mistake. Seething with rage, the creature charges far inland until it becomes stranded in a shallow bay.
Finally, there “Aku-of-the-Swollen-Billows” is trapped and defeated.
The people of “The-Place-of-Many-Waters” rejoice, happily returning to their village.
Prince K-ui-lani’s father weeps with pride for his son who has avenged him, won back their lands, and restored their family’s mana.
Special Notes on relating folk tales:
“Hawaiian Tales of Heroes and Champions” by Vivian Thompson, with beautiful illustrations by ‘cultural treasure’ Herbert Kawainui Kane.
A Kolowalu Book
University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Prince Ka-ui-lani & The Magic Spear” appears in that book.
However, please be aware that Hawaiian folk lore has a strong oral tradition.
Thus, to have the tale of “Prince Ka-ui-lani & The Magic Spear” properly, and completely experienced, one must also seek to have it related to you by a Hawaiian story teller. That is, a teller of Hawaiian folk tales who is endowed with sufficient passion & love of telling tales, along with a sufficient knowledge of the history and facts involved in each, that the telling of these stories is raised up as an artistic experience to a completely new complex level of literature transmission. I strongly suggest all Hawaiian tales of mythological & rich cultural folk tradition should be gathered in this manner, and thus more fully experienced as they were meant to be, least your miss-out on a significant amount of the Hawaiian folk lore experience.
For an even more complete story telling experience reference ‘HULA’.
HULA ~ A form of dance in which strict physical movement, song, chanting, and musical instruments are also brought in to even more fully enhance the telling of a story. It is my experience that this may well be the ultimate, most significant and technologically advanced of all forms of transmissions of cultural stories and folklore from one individual to another.
Having human beings use mind, body, song and music to ‘perform’ a folk tale is perhaps the pinnacle of communication and it is unlikely to ever be surpassed by any other technology know to mankind.