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Published on Nov 23, 2009
Produced for Oiwi TV by Kamehameha Publishing and presented in both olelo Hawaii and English, Lau Nehenehe brings to life some of Hawaii's popular children's titles through animation, imagination, sound and story.
Nestled in the lush and fertile Waipi'o Valley, Pokahi and Kaukini have everything they need except a child. In this adaptation of a traditional Hawaiian story, the kind, hardworking but childless couple is blessed with a special gift from Hina.
This story is based on "Lau-ka-ieie" as found in Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-gods, collected and translated from Hawaiian by W.D. Westervelt. There is also another English version, "Ieie and Lehua," found in Hawaii Island legends by Mary Kawena Pukui. A Hawaiian language version of the story of Laukaieie was printed serially starting January 2, 1894 in the newspaper Ka Leo o ka Lahui. It is entitled "He Moolelo Kaao Hawaii no Laukaieie." The same story was printed in another newspaper, Ka Oiaio, starting January 5, 1894.
The author/illustrator offers this adaptation with great respect for the land and people of Waipio