(2/11/03 10:08:07 am)
Pele and Hopoe|
Here's a link to Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's website, where she did a picture called "Last Dance of Hopoe":
And here's the legend she wrote next to it:
From the Hawaiian legend of Ka'auea.
Hopoe was a human friend of Hi'iaka, sister to Pele; teaching her ancient hula and lei making. One day Pele drifted to a tranced sleep where her spirit is transported to Kaua'i where she meets and fell in love with a young man Lohi'au. When she wakened she yearned for her love, and so Hi'iaka alone of all her sisters promised to go and fetch him. In return Pele promised to watch over Hi'iaka's grove of 'ohi'a lehua and Hopoe. But when Hi'iaka did not return in the specified 40 days, Pele went into a fury and destroyed Hi'iaka's sacred grove of trees and Hopoe with it. When Hi'iaka returns with the young man to find the destruction she makes Lohi'au fall in love with her instead and causes Pele to kill him as well.
Hope it helps