Here we are in December and enjoying the Makahiki season on the Hawaiian calendar. This is the time of year when the fearful images of Ku and his accoutrements were taken from the heiau and put away, for this is the season of Lono. The harvest was in, and the time for providing the rulers with their proper share of what the land and the labor of the hands have provided in the form of a levy on each village was at hand. This is the time of Lono, the god of agriculture and husbandry. It is Lono who could assure the bounty of harvest, fish, fowl and animal husbandry for the coming year.
This was a time when work was put aside. Also warfare may not be waged during this season. After the village has paid it's "taxes" they are free to enter into sports competitions such as surfing, wrestling, racing, etc. as well as enjoying the dancing of hula in friendly competition. This season lasts a little more than three months.
The story of Lono is a sad story of love lost.
Lono, Hawaiian god of rain, agriculture, propagation and celebrations, wanted a mortal wife. His brothers descended to earth and found Kaikilani in the Big Island valley of Waipi'o, eating breadfruit with the birds. Lono went to her side on a rainbow, wooed her and made her his wife. He took her to Kealakekua, on the island of Hawai'i, where they should have lived happily ever after.
But fate intervened, in the form of a mortal who Lono overheard wooing his bride. In a flash of blind fury, the god beat Kaikilani to death. He was immediately filled with deep remorse. He went mad with guilt and pain finally leaving Hawai'i a short time later, unable to bear paradise without his wahine. His parting words to his people were, "I will return again to you, I promise. Not by canoe but on a floating island with tall trees and with many people and many birds and pigs."
It is easy to see why, when Captain James Cook sailed into Kealakekua Bay in 1779, the Hawaiians worshipped him as Lono returned.
As we enter this season, let us each give thanks for the abundance that is ours. Let us put away, now and forever, the conflicts that separate us. Let us come together and move forward with a new spirit of unity in the Spirit of Aloha.
(reference: This Week Hawaii)