Hawaiian Kapa Fabric

So in an attempt to try to find some inspiration for patterns and colors that were valid in a traditional Hawaiian context, I contacted a well-established Hawaiian kapa fabric maker, named Dalani Tanahy. She was kind enough to respond to my ignorant digging for information, and told me that unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on perspective)Continue reading “Hawaiian Kapa Fabric”

The confusing mythic-history of Hawaii

So when I started looking into the stories of Hawaiian culture, I thought that there must be lots of stories, and I was very excited to get started. The more I now read, however, the more detailed and confusing these stories get! There are so many different versions of all the stories, and it turnsContinue reading “The confusing mythic-history of Hawaii”

The Fierce and Beautiful Pele

Pele is the goddess of volcanos and of lightening. A goddess with a back straight as a cliff and breasts round like the moon, she killed her true love by incineration with lava, when she decided that her sister’s journey to fetch him took too long. She tried to kill her sister Hi‘iaka too, butContinue reading “The Fierce and Beautiful Pele”

Hawaiian and Slavic Animism

In the early times of Slavic peoples as well as in the early days of Hawaiian settlement, the societies were animistic. They believed in the harmony and balance of all things, that the (specifically Hawaii) Mana which was the “divine spark” existed in all things, and there was no real separation between the divine andContinue reading “Hawaiian and Slavic Animism”

The god Kane

Kane (Keawe) is the creator from whence all things came. He was the first consciousness that came from the chaos of Po, which was like nothingness. Po also means night. Kane then made a piece of himself into his consort of life force energy, called sometimes Nawahine, sometimes  Uliuli. She became his wife, she isContinue reading “The god Kane”

Basic Research

I read Thomas Thrum’s 1907 book about Hawaiian gods and stories. This was the first book really published about Hawaiian cultural beliefs, I am sure partly because it was illegal in the United States to even speak Hawaiian until 1978. This to me was really saddening, as well as the whole history of how theContinue reading “Basic Research”