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MAUI SNARES THE SUN - Hawaiian

MAUI SNARES THE SUN - Hawaiian
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Mosaic - Intarsia
24" x 36"

Because the sun moved too fast, fisherman were often caught at sea in the dark. Children couldn't finish their games and Maui's mother did not have enough time to dry her tapa cloth. Maui and his brothers decided a plan to capture the sun and slow it. They fashioned sixteen ropes from the dampened hair of their sister. Hina of the sea anchored them to a strong wili-wili tree. At dawn, the sun was snarled and held fast. Maui gave it such a fierce beating with a jawbone of Muri that the sun surrendered. Since then it has dwelt in Mount Haleakala or House of the Sun and floated slowly across the sky.



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