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Holo Mai Pele: Hawaii's Creation Myth

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As every other culture, Hawaii has its own myths and stories. Holo Mai Pele tells the creation myth of Hawaii and this myth holds the same stature for Hawaiians as Genesis for Western (Christian) cultures and Ramayana for Hinduism. Holo Mai Pele is an epic saga of the Hawaiian god of volcano Pele, and her sister Hi'iaka. The major themes present in the story are sibling rivalry, love, conflict and creation. Simultaneously, it tells a story of an individual's journey to her self-awareness and reclaiming her status as a deity. The purpose of Holo Mai Pele is to keep the Hawaiian myth alive in order to pass it down to future generations. The poetic aspects of the play make it easier to remember and interesting to perform.
The sisters show the very classical conflicts that arise between siblings. Pele being older than Hi'iaka assumes that she has the right to make decisions for herself and her sister. When Hi'iaka is young and naive, she follows her sister without questioning her authority. Afterwards as Hi'iaka grows older, her attitude towards Pele changes. Pele's temperament and her destruction of the things that Hi'iaka loved is very typical to what the world is witnessing among siblings nowadays. Occasionally, siblings completely avoid each other and forget that they are brothers or sisters. For example, famous Anglo-American actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine had a very furious relationship and the sisters completely stopped talking to each other (Higham). The Ambani Brothers, Anil Ambani and Mukesh Ambani, two of the richest business tycoons in the world have been known for a bitter rivalry and their attempts to become wealthier than the other. Siblings frequently try to get ahead of each other by destroying what the other possess. Sisters falling in love with the same man and fighting each other over him, the very scenario with Pele and Hi'iaka, has always been an interesting part of history.
A majority of tales are based upon love and it goes the same for Holo Mai Pele. The entire story revolves around the factor that Pele is in love with Lohiau. If Pele had not met Lohiau, the story would have been different. Love has been an integral part of the myth.
The story explores the unpredictable nature of love and the consequence of not being fully faithful in love. Pele, one of the most powerful deities, falls in love with a mortal human being. Not to mention that Hi'iaka also can’t help herself from falling in love with Lohiau even though she is aware that her sister and Lohiau love each other. That without a doubt shows how capricious the nature of love is. Nevertheless, Hi'iaka tries to keep her distance from Lohiau because she fears her sister. This usual love triangle creates conflicts among the characters. Pele becomes more destructive as she feels she is being cheated on by her sister and her lover Lohiau. On the other hand, Pele is not fully faithful to her sister and her lover Lohiau. She does not give them a chance to...

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