Maui, the Mischief Maker This largely Hawaiian version of the stories of the Demigod Maui, is based on the Kumulipo, the ancient Hawaiian creation chant that tells how the world and everything in it was made. Told with careful attention to authenticity, Maui:The Mischief Maker describes Maui as a keiki ‘eu, or rascal child, whoi was always getting into mischief and angering the Gods. Maui's exploits, filled with fantasy and surprise, begin with his mysterious birth, unruly infa
This is a Polynesian tale of a trickster called Maui, and how he tamed the fiery sun into going more slowly across the sky, so the days could be longer. According to the Maoris of New Zealand, Maui was considered to be a demigod; a genius, a delinquent, a trickster and a hero. There are several variations of this story, but this version is based on a story told in the 1840s.
Why Maui Snared the Sun is a Hawaiian legend - Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the Mighty Kalā.
Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” There are few places in the modern world in which this connection between mankind, mythology and nature is more obvious than Hawaii...
Maui’s final adventure involved his failed attempt to gain immortality for humanity. This myth also has solar overtones and goes as follows: the sun that Lono fished up was swallowed each night by Milu and traveled across her subterranean realm, lighting it the way it did the Earth during the daylight hours. Each morning the sun emerged from Milu’s vagina and started its journey across the Earth, and so on and so on. Maui made a wager with Milu that if he could enter through her vagina right...