Why Māui Snared the Sun: According to this Hawaiian legend, long ago, Kalā (the Sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summoned all his courage and traveled to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronted the Mighty Kalā.
[ from E Ho‘omau! — bringing classic Hawaiian stories to life to foster literacy, science and culture http://ehoomau.prel.org ]
An excellent children's book retelling this legend is:
How Maui Slowed the Sun by Suelyn Ching Tune and illustrated by Robin Yoko Burnungham
University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1988
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