Hi'iaka was Pele's younger sister. She was beautiful and brave and Pele loved her dearly. But Hi'iaka was different from Pele. The Goddess of the volcano liked to destroy, but Hi'iaka loved people and wanted to help them. She had girl companions from whom she learned to dance the hula and make leis.
From them she learned the dangers which threatened people on her island of Hawaii. She heard of the giant mo'o, of man-eating sharks, of evil spirits and of a terrible whirlwind which destroyed homes and gardens of men.
"I shall go on a journey," Hi'iaka said. "I shall travel around this island of Hawaii and destroy these evil beings. I shall make Hawaii a safe home for people. Who will come with me?"
Her sisters and brothers did not answer.
"I need a traveling companion," Hi'iaka said again. "Come with me or I will have no one to talk to but my shadow."
Still the brothers and sisters did not answer. As for Pele, she was stirring the fire in her pit and gave no thought to Hi'aika's words.
"Are you afraid?" Hi'iaka asked the others. "Are you afraid to journey around your own island of Hawaii?"
"There are many dangers," one sister said.
"What are you?" Hi'iaka asked. "Are you gods and goddesses or timid people?"
"We have no power against the evil beings who rule Hawaii. You will have no power against them. They will kill you, Hi'iaka."
"Pele will give me power," the young goddess said.
"O Pele" she cried, "Great Goddess of the volcano, Give power to Hi'iaka, Give power to your dearly loved sister, I go to meet the great mo'o, And spirits that live in the forest, Fierce sharks that live in the bays, The whirlwind that lives in the valley, Destroying all in it's path. O Pele, I ask you for power. Give me the power to end all these evils."
Suddenly Pele turned from the fire pit. "I have heard your prayer, O Hi'iaka," she said. "This pa'u has the power of lightning. Take it. And in your hour of need call for help of wind and storm. They will answer, Now go."
(To be continued)