The Lady Of The Twilight

In Koolauloa, Oahu, is a natural well, of unknown depth and thirty

yards in diameter, that is believed to be connected with the

ocean. Bodies drowned in this crater are said to have been found

afterward floating in the sea. This pond, known as Waiapuka, hides

the entrance to a cave that can be reached only by diving, and in

that cave was concealed during her infancy Laieikawai, Lady of the

Twilight. Her father, enraged that his wife always presented female

children to him, swore he would kill all such offspring until a male

issue should appear, and Laieikawai was therefore kept out of his

sight and in retirement until she had grown to womanhood. Her beauty

attracted even the gods, and chiefs from many islands travelled far to

see her face when she had been taken from the cavern by her grandmother

and bestowed more fittingly in a house thatched with parrot feathers

and guarded by the lizard god. Her bed was bird-wings, the birds were

her companions, she wore a robe tinted like a rainbow, and wherever

she went a fragment of rainbow hung over her and might be seen afar.

Laieikawai married a sun prince, and the same rainbow served as a

ladder to take her to his new home in the moon, his place in the sun

being too hot and glaring for endurance. This was a fickle prince, for

having seen another pretty face on earth, he descended, and it was a

year ere he appeared in the moon again. The young wife meanwhile had

gone to the bowl of knowledge, a wooden vessel enclosed in wicker,

decorated with feathers and with birds carved in wood along the

rim. Looking in and uttering the command, "Laukapalili!" a vision of

her recreant husband appeared. The father and mother of the prince were

joint witnesses with the wife of his faithlessness. As the picture

vanished the air grew dark; faint, grisly shapes arose, and wailing

voices sounded, "Heaven has fallen!" Standing on the rainbow bridge,

the father, mother, and wife cast off their love for the prince, and

condemned him to be a wandering ghost, living on butterflies. Then,

having tired of heaven, the Lady of the Twilight returned to earth.

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