Wallpaper August 2019, Hi’iaka

Your free wallpaper of August shows Hi’iaka, the goddess of hula dancers, chant, sorcery and medicine. Her sister Pele (the goddess of volcanoes) brought her to Hawaii in the form of an egg. Pele kept the egg with her at all times, until Hi’iaka was born (or hatched, I guess

“Hi’i” means to carry in one’s arms, and “aka” is embryo. Her full name is Hiʻiaka-i-ka-poli-o-Pele, which translates to “Hiʻiaka in the bosom of Pele”.

The plants associated with Hi’iaka are the flowers of the ʻŌhiʻa tree, called Lehua (a fiery red mass of filigrane stamens, depicted here in the head lei). Hi’iaka is the patron goddess of the Big island of Hawai’i (where I live).

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