Updated: Nov 9, 2020
Kama Pua'a was born on Oahu in Kaluanui, the district of Hau'ula. He was a very powerful and chief to the Hawaiian people. He was also a destructive brutal beast, known as the hog god. Sometime Kama Pua'a took a human like form, other times he had a hog body with a human head and limbs; sometimes a hogs head and the rest was a human like form. Other times his vicious desires overcame him and he would transform into a full hog.
Kama Pua'a was enriched with supernatural powers. He could shape shift, he could command the rain and waters to obey him. One day he decided to travel between islands, in what is said to be a magical canoe. When the canoe reaches land it becomes a shell, that he could store his Malo in (cloth worn on mens waist). Kama Pua'a took a voyage to the southeastern point of Hawaii, to Cape Kumukahi.
Once he arrived he walked over running lava, through the lush vegetation and over the mountains to Akani Kula. From here he looked down into Kalua Pele (The Pit of Pele). This is where the Goddess Pele, the god of fire lived with her people. One of Pele sisters looked up on this night and saw Kama Pua'a playing a ipu gourd (small drum) and dancing on the mountain top. The sister thought he would make a fine husband to one of them. The sister beg Pele to call him down the crater. But instead, Pele the fire God scorned Kama Pua'a. She knew he was a violent beast hidden on the inside of his human form. Pele sent black clouds of raging smoke and a river of boiling lava towards him. But to Pele surprise , Kama Pua'a walked out of the dark smoke and lava and stood infront of Pele and her sisters unharmed.
Pele was quite impressed by this and sent for Kama Pua'a to come down the crater. After sometime Pele and Kama Pua'a married and for a while they lived together as husband and wife. But their marriage was not successful. Kama Pua'a has too many traits and instincts of a hog to please Pele. Pele was too easily angered to please the beastly Kama Pua'a and she would often burst into a firing rage.
First Pele and Kama Pua'a just argued and disagree, taunting each other. But soon things grew much worse. Pele was determined to destroy Kama Pua'a for tormenting her.
Pele stomped on the ground, causing the ground to to crack open and let out a big thick black clouds of smoke with burnings steam rising out. Kama Pua'a matched Pele powers. So when Pele called for a river of boiling lava. Kama Pua'a called for the oceans to rise. It was now Pele the Goddess of fire against the Kama Pua'a the Hog God of Oahu.
Pele was push inland by Kama Pua'a with her former husband in pursuit. Until at last Pele was forced back into her home Kilauea. But still even having pushed Pele back into her home. Kama Pua'a was still not satisfied.
Kama Pua'a gather the oceans and river waters together into one big mass and then hurled it into the pit of fire. Pele responded with a violent volcanic explosion, which tore open the sides of the crater and created massive fires on the mountain. The lava began to rise in the rivers and streams and along the mountain. Kama Pua'a continue to pour water into the pit drowning the flames..
Just when it seem the volume of water would drown Pele. She called for the God of the underworld for help. A fierce eruption shook the pit and the mountain again. This was finally more than Kama Pua'a could endure. Streams of lava poured against him. He shape shifted his body into a kind of grass known as Kukaepua'a, to divert the path of the lava.
Pele was very please with her small victory and called for the underworld Gods once again, for reinforcements. With more and more lava piling up, the grass of the hog began to burn and Kama Pua'a than rushed down to the sea.
Pele followed directly behind him, blasting Kama Pua'a with fiery lava balls. Until finally Kama Pua'a gave up the battle. Pele had won and Kama Pua'a thoroughly defeated changed himself into a fish.
The fish is called the Humuhumnukunukuapua'a, this fish has thick skin to withstand the boiling waves through which it had to out swim into the deep sea. Hawaiians say this fish has always been able to make a sound of a small grunting hog.