as told and illustrated by Dietrich Varez; edited by Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa
Date of Publication: 1991
Size: 9 x 11
Hawaiians and their Polynesian cousins tell many different stories of the demi-god Maui. This largely Hawaiian version is based on the Kumulipo, the ancient Hawaiian creation chant that tells how the world and everything in it was made. Told with careful attention to authenticity, MAUI: THE MISCHIEF MAKER describes Maui as a keiki 'eu, or rascal child, who was always getting into mischief and angering the gods. Maui's exploits, filled with fantasy and surprise, begin with his mysterious birth, unruly infancy and long sea-voyage wrapped in his mother's hair. He travels to Kuaihelani, the home of the gods, brings fire, bamboo, and 'awa to his people, and flies the first kite. Maui then goes on to use the sacred fishhook, Manai-a-kalani, to pull an island out of the sea. Later, he relies on his extraordinary powers to lasso the sun and raise the sky. He also battles the giant bat, Pe'ape'a, to save his wife, and rescues his mother, Hina-a-keahi, from the giant eel in the Wailuku River. Most of the stories about Maui's death agree that if Maui died, he was killed by the gods for being such a troublemaker. But Maui was a trickster, and some say he may still be with us. This ancient myth is told with vigor, simplicity, and a wealth of traditional detail. Lavishly illustrated witht h striking block prints of Dietric Varez, MAUI will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.