Hawaiian Folklore Field Collection, 1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hawaiian Folklore Field Collection
1971 (inclusive)
0.02 linear feet
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Christy McMannis was a student of folklore at the University of Oregon. This collection includes an essay and fieldwork documentation relating to this student's folklore fieldwork project.
University of Oregon, Archives of Northwest Folklore
1287 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Telephone: 541-346-3925
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for access in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.


Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Collection does not include a project release form signed by the collector.

Restrictions on Use

Collection is open for use in accordance with Archives of Northwest Folklore policy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Master sheetReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

EssayReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Folklore textsReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 1

Container(s) Description
Myths - Hawaiian
Etiological: the god Maui pulls the island Maui out of the ocean when he is fishing
Etiological: young man pulls sun across sky, gets it on mountain top to dry out old lady's newly made tapa cloth; Mt. Haleakala is formed
Young man lassoes sun and holds it to help an old lady dry her tapa cloth
Memorat - Hawaiian
Dry dock built at Pearl Harbor without the proper blessing of the ground by the Hawaiian priests; dock collapses on first day it opened
Two fires occur during construction of a new hotel because land has not been blessed
Building over an unknown burial place -stones moved away by bulldozer one day suddenly appear back in original places the next day
Friend takes photograph that has double exposure of old lady in it = Madame Pele floating in the sky
Friend's brother becomes ill after ignoring prohibition against moving rocks from a burial place
Friend wakes up in the night, experiences pressure on chest, sees four candles, feels bed moving. Explained as being like a journey to the dead
Cousin's car stalls while driving over pali highway with uncooked pork in the car
Lady collecting seaweed talks with Pele
Picture of an old face shows up in photograph of volcano
Legend - Hawaiian
Etiological: footprints in lava created when a young menehune girl is separated from her mother by the lava flow and then runs across it to rejoin her
Etiological: Spouting Horn said to be built by menehunes at play
Car stalls and body seen on top of car by some people driving over Pali highway with pork in the car
Vanishing hitchhiker
Man can be seen hanging from tree at Morgan's Corner
The Cabin of the Red Hand -place where man is supposed to have committed suicide by cutting off his hand and the hand revisits the cabin
Superstition and Popular Beliefs - Hawaiian
Small footprints supposed to be menehunes
Small caves in rocks supposed to be menehunes
Madame Pele lives in various volcanoes -can tell which one because it is erupting
Madam Pele has a white poi dog and when it is seen on slopes of a volcano the volcano will erupt
If you see Madame Pele you are supposed to talk to her
Madame Pele's dog is a poi dog and anyone who comes upon it is supposed to care for it. Pele also appears as a young woman or as her dog sometimes
Mountain range Waianae supposed to be a good place for giving birth
Pork disappears from car at a certain place along the pali highway
The White Lady of Hanauma Bay
Custom - Hawaiian
Practice of wrapping umbilical cord in Ti leaves after a baby is born

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • folk beliefs
  • Hawaiians
  • indigenous peoples
  • legends
  • myths
  • Personal narratives
  • ritual
  • superstitions
  • Volcanoes
  • Personal Names :
  • Dang, Carol
  • Lum, Harry
  • Ota, Chris
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hawaii
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Fieldwork project