ago, there was born the Demigod Maui. His father held
the heavens and his mother guarded the path to the
Maui was said to be the smallest of the family. He
was the quickest of mind and had an extremely rascally
nature about him. It is said too that Maui was not
a good fisherman. His brothers were far more skilled.
They would laugh at him and his lack of success.
Maui would sometimes use his cunning to fill his boat
with catch at his brothers expense. He would position
his boat so that when one of his brothers began to
pull in a fish, he would distract them so that he
could pull his line across theirs stealing their fish.
could only marvel at their younger brother. However
they soon caught on and refused to take him fishing
with them. Maui was very distressed, so his mother
then sent him to his father to obtain a magic hook.
to your father. There you will recieve the hook called
Manaiakalani, the hook fastened to the heavens.
When the hook catches land, it will raise the old
with his hook and asked his brothers to let him join
in another fishing expedition. They only laughed and
threw him out of the boat. When they returned, they
were empty handed. Maui berated them. He stated that
if they had allowed him to join them, they would have
had more success. The brothers decided to allow him
to join them in their canoe for another chance.
far into the ocean and threw their lines overboard.
To their dismay, they only caught sharks. The brothers
ridiculed Maui asking "Where are the fish you
rose and threw his magical hook into the ocean. Chanting
a spell of power, he commanded the hook to catch the
At once the
sea began to move. Great waves rose around the canoe.
Maui commanded his brothers to paddle with all their
might and to not look back. For two days, Maui held
taut the magic line and hook while his brothers kept
paddling furiously. Suddenly from below the depths
arose the tops of great mountains in a series of peaks
that broke the surface of the ocean. Maui reminded
his brothers to keep paddling mightly. Maui pulled
against the line and forced the peaks even farther
out of the water.
of his brothers could resist no longer. He gazed back
in awe at the sight of the rising land, dropping the
paddle as he did so. as soon as he stopped paddling,
the magic line began to slacken in Maui's hands. Before
he could call out to his brothers, the line snapped
and the magic hook was lost forever beneath the sea.
his brothers for their failure to paddle as he had
commanded. "I had endeavoured to raise a great
continent but because of your weakness I have only
these islands to show for all my efforts."