Daily Myth-Hawaiian: Menehune

I do not really know if anyone reads these, or if anyone enjoys them. But, I love them because I have horrid memory, and this helps remind me of the myths I have read. Anyways, I hope these can be some what enjoyable for others too, so enjoy.

The mythological character of today is Menehune!!

Menehune Statue from Aulani Disney Resort

Menehune Statue from Aulani Disney Resort

Menehune is a Hawaiian mythological creature that live in the depths of the forest. They are dwarf size, and their favorite food is banana (This is why I picked them, I LOVE BANANAS). They are usually depicted as small humanoids having big round bellies, being muscular, and being hairy. Most of them are depicted with large smiles, because the Menehune are happy and playful creatures. If a person is angry, a Menehune will shot a magic arrow in the heart of the person to make them feel love and joy instead.

Disney Menehune Vinylmation

Disney Menehune Vinylmation

Menehune are great fishermen and craftsmen. They are most famous for their ability to build temples, roads, canoes, and homes. Some structures, whose origin are unknown, are typically considered to be made by the Menehune. According to legend, Menehune built giant temples and magnificent structures in the middle of the night. They were so capable that they would finish their projects the same night they started. They worked at night so that the people on the islands would not see them, and when they were discovered, they would abandon their project.

Menehune in Disney Aulani Resort

Menehune in Disney Aulani Resort

In one particular story, the Menehune agreed to build a fish pond for the royal siblings, a princess and a prince. They promised to build it as long as no one would come and see them so so. Yet that night as they worked, the royal pair came to the construction site and witnessed the Menehune, lined up for miles, passing stones down the line to build the pond. The two fell asleep as they watched, and in the morning the Menehune found them. The young pair were changed into twin pillars and placed at the pond which was never completed (it had to large gaps) because they were watched by humans.

The Menehune are also known to be very kind. If they see people in need of help, they help. They have been known to catch fish for those struggling to have food, and to repair homes that have been damaged.

Menehune by Johanna Enriquez

Menehune by Johanna Enriquez

If you are interested, learn more about the Menehune at this website: http://www.sacred-texts.com/pac/hm/hm25.htm

-Blog Barista

 

I felt like being random today

I felt like being random today

 

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