Legends of the Mountain - Poli´ahu

Poli´ahu, covered in a mantle of snow and ice, is the snow goddess of Mauna Kea. Often she descends the mountain to sit on the rocky cliffs along the Hamakua Coast. It is there that she seduced Aiwohikupua, a young chief from Kauai.

Poli´ahu's rival, Pele, goddess of volcanoes, stays restlessly away on Mauna Loa. The more fiery of the two, Pele often vents her displays bursting from the earths molten core.

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