The Shark in the Milky Way
In the days of his childhood, Ka-ulu's brother, Ka-ehu had been carried off by the king of Far Island. Ka-ulu decided that when he grew up he would look for his brother.
When he grew older, he was known as Ka-ulu-the-Strong.
At last, the day came when he decided to go and search for his brother. Carrying his paddle made of koa wood, he went down to the beach to his canoe and set out.
When the king heard that Ka-ulu was on his way to Far island, he sent his powerful guards, Great Rolling Surf against him. Ka-ulu saw Great Rolling Surf coming toward him and called out,"Surf, are you strong?" "I am!" roared Great Rolling Surf," Strong enough to swamp your canoe!" When Surf reached him, Ka-ulu took it in his strong hands and broke into little waves. Then, he piked up his paddle and sent his canoe on his way.
When Ka-ulu reached the shore of Far Island, he found the Kings second guard: Great Stone Man With Eight Foreheads. He was so tall that his head towered above the clouds. Ka-ulu called up to him,"Ho, man of many foreheads! Are you strong?" "I am!" he thundered,"Strong enough to grind you to bits!" When the Great stone man reached for Ka-ulu, he siezed him with his strong hands and held him to the ground until grass and trees grew over him and there was nothing to be seen except for a stone mountain with eight hills. Then Ka-ulu went on his way.
The king was puzzled when Great rolling surf and Great Stone Man did not report. So he sent his third guard, Great Barking Dog after him. Ka-ulu saw the dog and yelled out,"Dog, are you strong?" "I am!" snarled the Dog " Strong enough to eat you!" When Barking Dog leaped at him he took a firm hold of him and broke him into little pieces. Then Ka-ulu went on his way.
Then, when Ka-ulu was alone with the king he put his hands around the kings throat. "Oh king, are you strong?" he asked softly. "Not very!" tje king squeaked. "Are you strong enough to tell me where my lost brother is?" "Oh yes, I am strong enough for that! Go down to the Chief of sharks."
So Ka-ulu went down to the sea to the chief of sharks. He asked"Do you know where my brother, Ka-ehu is?" "Oh yes, he is inside of me. There is room for two, would you like to join him?" "Thank you" Said Ka-ulu,"But I'd rather him join me out here." Then Ka-ulu took hold of the chiefs great jaws and pulled them apart. Out came Ka-ehu, whom the shark had swallowed whole. "Come my brother, let us go home."
With his strong hands he picked up the shark and tossed him into the sky. There he broke into a million pieces. Those pieces broke up to form the stars of the Milky Way. And now, when you look into the Milky Way, sometimes you can see a constellation of a shark.
I got this legend from Kumu Pohaku of King Kaumualii Elementary School