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Many Hawaiian moʻolelo (stories) involve the ʻōhia tree và its fiery red flowers that adorn the landscape.

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ʻŌhiʻa lehua (parkdiamondhotel.vn Photo) “Hele pololei aku nei ʻo ia a ka pūnāwai a iho nei ke poʻo i lalo i loko o ka wai, a ʻo ke kino, ua lilo aʻela i kumu ʻōhiʻa."He went straight to the spring, plunged in headlong, & was changed into an ʻōhiʻa tree.

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- Pukui và Green (1995)The endemic ʻōhiʻa lehua tree (Metrosideros polymorpha) epitomizes Hawaiʻi and is an integral part of Native Hawaiian culture. It is almost impossible khổng lồ avoid the mention of the native ʻōhiʻa tree and its lehua blossoms when listening to lớn Hawaiian moʻolelo (stories) và ʻoli (chants). Today there are two common, contrasting, stories about how the ʻōhiʻa lehua was created.A well-known, and most likely modern, story tells us of how the volcanic deity Pele & her jealousy transformed two lovers into the ʻōhiʻa lehua. Pele had a strong romantic interest in an attractive man named ʻŌhiʻa. ʻŌhiʻa was already in love with a woman named Lehua, however. In an act of wild jealousy, Pele transformed him into a gnarled tree. Pele refused to lớn undo what she had done, và so Lehua asked her ʻaumakua (deified family ancestors) to intervene. They decided to transform her into the brightly-colored blossom that adorns the ʻōhiʻa tree so they could forever be together. Khổng lồ this day, it is said that if you pick the tree’s flower it will begin to rain because the two lovers are being separated.

ʻŌhiʻa tree in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (parkdiamondhotel.vn Photo/J. Provance) A different traditional story tells us about the stinginess of a wife that led lớn a series of unfortunate events and the transformation of a man into an ʻōhiʻa tree.Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka và his sister, Kauakuahine, voyaged to lớn the island of Hawaiʻi from the distant land of Kahiki. Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka was known to lớn be an excellent fisherman. He instructed his wife to chia sẻ their caught fish with his sister when she brought them fresh vegetables from where she lived. However, unbeknownst to him, his wife was stingy and jealous. When Kauakuahine came from the mountains lớn bring vegetables for her brother’s family, his wife would only give her salt because she hated to give away the dried fish. Everyday Kauakuahine would return khổng lồ her sister-in-law, but it seemed useless lớn burden herself with carrying vegetables to lớn only return with salt & seaweed for her patient family. One day, her husband và her children ran out lớn meet her when she came near the house. In frustration, she gave each of them a slap! This changed them into rats, & in despair, she turned herself into a spring.After the transformation, the spirit of Kauakuahine traveled across the ocean to tell her brother Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka of her fate. Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka returned trang chủ and confronted his wife after having this vision. He saw the dried fish laid beneath the sleeping mat of their house and confirmed his suspicion that his wife was responsible for the misfortune of his sister. He became angry at his wife for being a cruel person, & then proceeded to beat his wife khổng lồ death. Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka hastily ascended to lớn the old trang chủ of his sister’s family in ʻŌlaʻa forest. In tears, he dropped to lớn the edge of the spring. Rats scampered where the house stood and there was a fine rain. He dove head first into the spring và changed into an ōhiʻa tree. Oral tradition tells us that to this day the tree is the embodiment of Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka - worshiped by those who go up into the forest to hew out canoes. This tree bears two different blossoms, and blood will flow from the tree if a branch is broken.Modern or traditional, the kaona (hidden meaning) of these two very different stories giới thiệu something valuable with us.

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Having been shared by many Hawaiians over long periods of time, different versions of moʻolelo may vary, in some cases significantly.