Nana'ue is the awful offspring of pretty Kalei of the Big Island and Kamohoali'i, the shark god. It all started when Pretty Kalei , who loved opihi went looking for opihi in the rough surf. No one had come with her because of the crashing surf. Just then Kamohoali'i shark god came cruising along and saw the attractive Kalei. Kalei had seen some opihi and went to go pick them, she did not see a large wave coming her way. Kamohoali'i saw the incident and rescued her. Soon she was pregnant.
Kalei still never figured out her lover's real identity. The day before she was to give birth, Kamohoali'i came to her and told her his actual identity and warned her that their son must not eat meat, no matter what. He then disappeared into the night.
When Nana'ue was born, his mother and her brothers were very surprised to find a shark's mouth on his back. To protect and hide this from the villagers, she made a covering from kapa, they told no one
about his identity.
One day when he was at the mens' eating house he asked his grandfather for some pork. His grandfather thought that there would be no harm and gave him some. Now Nana'ue craved meat more and more. When he could not satisfy his craving for meat, he would look for ladies picking opihi , push them into the ocean change into a shark and devour them. When he touched the water he turned into a shark.
After a while the villagers became afraid. They wanted to find out what was happening. A old Kahuna said that he had talked to the gods and they said there was a shark man in the village. So the chief Umi who was wise beyond his years called all the men to his grounds, all but Nana'ue came. Umi called to some men to fetch him. When all the men came, he ordered them to take off their kapa and reveal their backs. All did, but Nana'ue. Umi forced him to take off his kapa. He reluctantly removed his cape, and everyone saw a snapping shark's mouth on his back. All the men began to chase him. Nana'ue ran for the beach and made it just in time. When he reached the water he turned into a shark and swam to Maui. When the men found they had no chance against this shark they captured Kalei and her brothers. Nana'ue's grandfather had already died.
The villagers took Kalei and her brothers to chief Umi. The villiagers demanded that they die. Umi decided that he did not want to make enemies with the god king of sharks, Kamohoali'i, so he told his people that it was not Kalei's fault. It was the grandfather who fed Nana'ue meat that caused the trouble. When their great chief, Umi said, these words they began to doubt what they did and let Kalei and her brothers go.
Meanwhile on Maui, Nana'ue was doing the same thing... pushing girls in and eating them. After a while one solitary fisherman was sailing his fish boat and saw Nana'ue change into a shark. He rushed to the village and told everybody. The whole village attacked Nana'ue and burned him. (Which was the only way to get rid of a supernatural shark man) and that was the end of Nana'ue.
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