It was in 1866 that Eliza Maguire first heard these stories from old Hawaiians on Huehue Ranch in the Kona district on the island of Hawai‘i. Many years later she translated them into English. First published in 1926, they are simple tales shared among the people of Kekaha, the barren desolate section of North Kona that has often been ravaged by Pele, the Volcano Goddess.
Included in this collection is the tale of ‘Akahipu‘u, in which mischievous menehune try to steal the top of a hill, and the story of the cave of Makalei, which provided water to generations of Kona residents. This updated edition of Kona Legends includes a new cover and artwork by Eva Anderson. We hope that this collection will lead you to a richer understanding of the Kona area, its history, and its people.