Hawaiian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Hawaii

HIIAKA

Hawaiian Cloud Goddess

Also known as HI'IAKA, HI'AKA

Cloudy younger sister of Pele the Volcano

She started life as an egg carried under her sister’s arm until finally she hatched.

Hiiaka used to run errands for her big sister and one day was sent off to fetch a handsome prince for matrimonial purposes. The prince seemed willing enough to accompany her, but on the journey back they came under deadly demon attack.

The prince, being mortal, kept being killed and had to be re-constituted after each affray, with Hiiaka having to run around and catch his soul which kept turning into a butterfly, or smoke, or perfume. It was a very versatile soul and made the most of its freedom.

Meanwhile Pele fretted with impatience, and then jealousy, which finally erupted when the wayward couple appeared. She swamped them with volcanic lava which proved fatal to the prince.

Hiiaka reconstituted him for the last time, and decided they could not go on meeting like this. The prince, having experienced Pele in action, agreed. So they did a runner because they realized love was just around the corner. Or maybe a bit further, because Pele never found them.

Hiiaka Facts and Figures

Name: Hiiaka
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: HI'IAKA, HI'AKA

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Hawaii
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Clouds
Area of expertise: Clouds

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index: 651

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Article last revised on April 30, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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