One should never carry pork over the pali connecting Honolulu and Windward O’ahu.

According to Hawaiian legend taking pork over the Pali is linked to the turbulent relationship between Pele, Volcano Goddess, The Goddess of Fire, and Kamapua’a, a human demi-god – half-man, half-pig. The two agreed not to visit each other, but taking pork over the Pali means taking a form of Kamapua’a, his body from his domain (the wet side of the island) into Pele’s domain (the dry side of the island). Those who ignore Pele’s warnings risk her wrath.

There are various versions of the story, each having slight differences. Although, all of which lead to say ‘a’ole; say no to taking pork over the pali, Nu’uanu Pali on the island of O’ahu. If anyone attempts to carry pork of any kind over the old Pali road, not the modern pali highway, your vehicle would stall at a certain point. Pele, disguised as an elderly woman will appear walking with a dog. Not until you feed the pork to the dog will your vehicle restart allowing you to proceed.

True Story…

In 1986, four Hickam airmen new to the islands decided to test the Pali with a pack of bacon. They drove out to the Pali Lookout at midnight and walked down the Old Pali Road. About 30 minutes later, they came across a gulch and began to climb up from the side. One of the men climbed up to about 150 feet before he slid and got stuck on a muddy and slippery cliff. As he struggled to hold onto a couple of weeds and rocks, his friends made the frantic call for help to the Honolulu Fire Department. When the helicopter rescue crews arrived to help save the man, the pilot, Capt. Charles Thomas, noted that, a ti leaf plant (dubbed the “Hawaiian good luck plant” because it wards off evil spirits) kept the man from falling.

By Dava Della,
Science & Environment Associate Editor
Kalamalama, The HPU Student Newspaper