Lyon Arboretum, Oahu, Hawaii. The great goddess Hina had two daughters, Hina Keahi, the mistress of fire and Hina Kuluua, the mistress of rain. As a gift, Hina gave each daughter a mountain. The sisters and their people settled on these lands and prospered for a long time.
However, many years went by and soon the rains began to fall less often until the ground became dry and shrivelled. The taro planted on the hillsides died.
Hina Keahi knew that something had to be done to save her people. She instructed the men gather firewood. Next, they toiled, digging out the hill and making a great imu, or cooking oven, preparing it with stones and wood. They lit the fire, then she told them to make a place in the imu for a human sacrifice.
She said: "This imu is my imu. I shall lie down on its bed of burning stones. I shall sleep under its cover. But deeply cover me or I may perish. Quickly throw the dirt over my body. Fear not the fire. Watch for three days. A woman will stand by the imu. Do as she instructs you." Hina Keahi stepped into the great pit and lay down on the burning stones. on the third day, a great spring of pure water burst forth from the sea shore. a woman appeared by the imu and commanded the laborers to open the oven. The did this and found a great abundance of food. The people rejoiced and exalted Hina Keahi in stories and song about the great mistress of fire.
Meanwhile, Hina Kuluua, who was always very jealous of her beautiful sister Hina Keahi, heard of the miracles her sister had performed and the praise she had received from her people.
Hina Kuluua's people were also suffering from famine, so she ordered a great imu for her sacrifice. She entered the pit, and her her people quickly covered her with mats and earth. They waited, but the hot stones had destroyed Hina Kuluua, and she rose as a rain cloud above the imu.
The ghosts of the sisters still appear near the old hills from time to time. Hina Keahi, as flowing lava, and Hina Kuluua, as clouds of rain.
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