“Pua ka wiliwili nanahu ka mano…” “When the wiliwili tree blooms, the sharks bite….” (“A beautiful woman attracts young men sharks who become fierce rivals over her.”)
‘Olelo No‘eau, Proverb 2701
La‘ieikawai by S.N. Haleole tells the story of the wooing of a young native chiefess of great beauty and high rank, her fall from grace, and her final deification among the gods. The story was serialized in Hawaiian in 1862-1863 in Ka Nupepa Kuokoa and published as a book in 1863. This edition is a modernized version of the classic Martha W. Beckwith translation, first published in 1919. Edited by Dennis Kawaharada, Richard Hamasaki, and Esther Mookini.
ISBN-13: 978-1516995226. 144 pages. $12.95.
Available from Amazon.com. (Out of Print at UH Press)