Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Hawaiian Myths & Legends: Pork on the Pali

Local folklore on the island of Oahu says that one should never carry pork over the Pali Highway connecting Honolulu and Windward Oahu. The stories vary, but the classic legend is that if one carries pork of any kind over the Nuuanu Pali by automobile, the automobile would stop at a certain point on the way and not re-start until the pork is removed from the vehicle.
Some versions of the story require the pork to be raw; other versions say that this happens after dark.

In some versions, a white dog will appear at the time the automobile stalls, and you must feed the pork to the dog to proceed.

This legend has its roots in ancient Hawaiian mythology. According to legend, the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele and the demigod Kamapua' (a half-man-half-pig) had a turbulent relationship, and the two agreed not to visit each other. If one takes pork over the Pali, the legend goes, one is symbolically taking a piece of Kamapua'a from one side to the other, and it is said that Pele would stop that from happening.
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