Pele is the goddess of Fire and Volcanoes. Her home is in the volcano Kilauea on the Big Island. Pele is said to have a quick temper and a vengeful nature. Few know of her husband, Kamapua’a. The poor man had a dysfunctional and abusive childhood and his wife Pele did little to improve it. Since his birth, his father despised him, giving him the name, Kamapua’a, which means Hog-Child.
Lack of loving acceptance and self loathing caused Kamapua’a to chang himself from a handsome man, into a half human and half pig. He lived on the windward, lush and rainy side of the island by Hilo. In the early days Pele mixed more with the people and Kamapua’a fell in love and asked her to marry him. Disgusted by his looks she refused. But with persistence, Kamapua’a finally won Pele’s heart and they wed.
When Pele finally accepted him and he felt the love and acceptance he'd always missed he returned to his fully human form. Confused by his metamorphosed image, Pele felt deceived and she left him and returned to the leeward side of the island. She void never to see him and once again, Kamapua’a felt rejection and rage. He was forced to retreat to the windward side as a hog.
Pork is now symbolic of Kamapua’a and it’s an bad omen to take pork, in any form, to the leeward side of the island since this is Kamapua’a deliberate breach of their agreement to never to see each other again. You must throw out the pork or feed to a white dog lest Pele’s powerful fury will suddenly stop your car and keep you from your destination. Visitors are suggested to head the warning or Pele will take her revenge.
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