Mythology, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Hawaiian Mythology: The Top Four


Pele, the volcano & fire goddess of Hawaii, is well-known around the world. Her bold and fiery nature appeals to the imagination.

However, in the Hawaiian pantheon, Pele is not in the top four.

Arguably the top of the pantheon is headed by Kane who is viewed in at least forty different aspects. Chief among his attributions are as the deity in charge of wild foods, jungles and forests, wood, medicine and leaves. We will look more closely at Kane in an upcoming post.

Also in the top four are:

Lono: god of agriculture and peace.

Ku: the god of war

Kanaloloa: god of oceans and mana

The indigenous Hawaiian belief system is both polythesistic and animistic. Deities and spirits can be found anywhere such as trees, animals, rainbows, islands and more. There is no limit to their ability to manifest. rainbow

As I said in a previous post there are hundreds of gods and goddesses in the Hawaiian pantheon. I will not be sharing all of them in a comprehensive study. If, however, there is one that you are particularly interested let me know and I’ll include them.

Along with the pantheon and Hawaiian cryptozoology, I will be sharing parts of historic Hawaiian life.  As is the case in all cultures around the world, everything is interwoven.

Hope you enjoy the ride. ~ lisa







Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

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Kuri: What is that?

Me: A garment bag.

Hiyu: It sounds like plastic.

Me: It’s not for you.

Hiyu: But I want to try it.

Kuri: What’s in it?

Me: Kimonos, a sari, a parasol and a few other odds and ends.

Loki: Are there mice?

Me: No mice.

Hiyu: It looks nice and thick. Can I try it.

Me: No, you may not. Not a single dental impression allowed.

Hiyu: Why?

Me: These things are in the bag to keep them clean and dust free. That means no puncture holes.

Kuri: Why don’t we ever see this bag?And another bite

Me: Because I don’t usually wear kimonos.

Loki: Can I get in the bag and look for mice?

Me: No.

Kuri: I’ll get in and check for you.

Hiyu: Just one bite.

I brush Hiyu away and extract the twins from the bag. I shoo them towards the door. Hiyu laughs at me and I can see the twins plotting. Hiyu leaps past me towards the bag and as I ward him off, Kuri and Loki jump back into the bag.

Once again, I pull the kitties out and then shut the door.Another Door at Griffith Observatory

Loki: I’m sure I saw a mouse.

Hiyu: Open the door! Just one bite. Please!

I hear Kuri trying to get a grip on the doorknob. I quickly pull out the convention costumes and get the bag away in the closet where it belongs.

The cats are wailing outside the door: Mice! Mice! Mice!

121002-scan133-smallArna grins and gives half a wag of her tail. Let them yell for a while. You spoil them too much.

Me: And I don’t spoil you?

Arna gives me a grin: All the time and thank you.

Mischief averted. ~lisa

Kuri (on other side of door): Let’s go take our drinking fountain apart.

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Rainbow Hill Meanders, Ted Talks

Ted Talk Review

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I love Ted Talks.

They’re free, online and cover an incredibly wide range of subjects.

Among the picture perfect Teds, I recommend:

Thomas Peschak : Dive into an ocean photographer’s world

Mac Stone: Stunning photos of the endangered Everglades

Frans Lanting: The story of life in photographs

Just fun for everyone:

James Veitch: This is what happens when you reply to spam

Social / Political

Melvin Russell: I love being a police officer, but we need reform (I am so impressed with this man)

Leana Wen: What your doctor won’t disclose

Al Gore: The case for optimism on climate change

Other Great Ted Talks:

David Gruber: Glow-in-the-dark sharks and other stunning sea creatures

Edith Widder: The weird wonderful world of bioluminescence

Carl Safina: What are animals thinking and feeling

Rachel Sussman: The world’s oldest living things








Conventions, Rainbow Hill Meanders, Seattle


Sakura-Con opens this weekend in Seattle. It’s a full three days of intense creativity, energy and excitement.The last sunrise of 2015 over the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier

151231-6D-8787-HDRSeattle’s anime convention draws thousands.

What is anime? Anime is animated stories in books, movies and episodic broadcasts. It is also a Japanese cultural celebration.

The official definition of anime is: Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation.

Personally, I think it’s so much more.

Anime knows no boundaries. It pulls people together from diverse walks of life, diverse cultures, old and young (okay – mostly young), artists, voice actors, animators, gamers, and cosplay aficionados.

Anime started in Japan (1917) and is still mostly Japanese, though you can now find some “anime” created and produced in other counties. It spread like wildfire in the last few decades and is enjoyed around the world.

My favorite part of anime is the rich tradition of stories that rely heavily on mythology and crypto zoology. Among my favorites are stories that revolve around Yokai, supernatural monsters and spirits from Japanese folklore.

As a cat person, I’m fond of the bakeneko. As Japanese cats age, they become more powerful and take on more human characteristics. They can shapeshift, possess humans, and can speak. The longer the cat’s tail, the more powerful they can become. The Bengals are quite hopeful about the possibility of these powers, especially if they involve mastery over can openers. 120303 -  - medium




Cosplay (costume play):

Next week, I’ll return to our regularly scheduled mythology.


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Mythology, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Rainbow Hill Meanders

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I know some will say that it never went away, but today’s post is to proclaim that control of the blog has been wrested away from the cats.

There will still be Cat Convo Fridays, but the focus of the blog will now return to some of my other of my favorite things.

140927 - - mediumAs Rainbow Hill Meanders returns to its wandering through the space/time continuum, you will see a lot of world mythology, cryptobiology/cryptozoology, words, writing and odd Internet rabbit holes I’ve gone down and can’t wait to share.

Over the next few months, I will start Mythology Mondays by looking at Hawaiian mythology. I enjoy a challenge and with well over 40,000 deities in the Hawaiian pantheon, I will certainly have one. I will be sharing the highlights of research into this rich culture.

Snoqualmie FallsThe Hill plans on travel to many diverse mythologies and I will also be building an old world bestiary of my favorite mythological creatures.

As a writer, I will share my passion for words, my struggles with which grammar and punctuation guidelines to use, plus writing tips and sites.

Some cat pictures may well sneak in during the week, but the cats will only have control of the blog on Fridays.

I hope the journey is always fun and informative.


May you all have a happy Pi Day. As always thoughts, comments and questions are always welcome.

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Bengal Cats, Cat Convos

Cat Convo Friday


Hiyu: Where have you been?

Me: I had a class.

Loki: Why?

Me: I like to learn things.

Kuri: More than you like us?

Me: I love you guys, but sometimes I have to do other things.

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Me: You can get by without me for a few hours.

Hiyu, Kuri & Loki in chorus: NO WE CAN’T!!!

Hiyu: You need to pet me now.

Loki: I want cuddles.

Kuri: Why would you leave us for a stupid class?

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Me: The class I took was very important. You know I volunteer with the Public Health Reserve Corp.

Hiyu: Why?

The more I know, the more I can help. Any class I can take helps prepare me for the unexpected.

Loki: How about the expected? Like loving your cats?

ArnaThe dog looks up at me with her soulful eyes. Arna doesn’t usually talk unless she determines we are under imminent attack. I sit down and gather the ancient dachshund in my lap.

Kuri and Loki climb on. Hiyu finds a perch over my shoulder where he can whisper in my ear. He doesn’t like “puppy” piles.

Me: Happy now?

Kuri looks up at me from where he’s standing on his brother’s head: You owe us some catnip.

Loki: Make the dog move. She’s hogging your lap.

Me: Her name is Arna. You can be nice enough to call her by her name.

Hiyu: Give us some tuna and all will be forgiven.

Kuri & Loki: Yes! Tuna!

Arna: I want tuna too. Please. I love you.

Now they have the dog onboard, and that makes it hard to say no. Oh, well.


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Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

140529 -  - medium-15Hiyu: I hear flowers!!

Me: You hear the plastic the flowers come in.

Hiyu: Same thing.. Let me have them. I want them now!

Kuri: You let him have flowers. Why don’t you let me have elastic hairbands?151208-6D-8556

Hiyu: Because I’m not stupid enough to eat the plastic.

Kuri: I’m smart.

Me: You do eat elastic hairbands.

Flowers for HiyuHiyu: I never eat anything that’s not food.

Kuri: It’s not fair.

Me: Hiyu has a point.

Hiyu: Listen to this sound. I love this sound.

Kuri: One of these days I’ll find out where you hid the hairbands.

And another biteHiyu: Look at that! My dental impressions still look perfect.

Me: How about catnip?

Hiyu: I’ll pass. Would you take those flowers out of my plastic?

And Kuri is quite reluctantly distracted with catnip. Loki joins him and soon the twins are playing while Hiyu makes his favorite noise.



Bengal Cats, Cat Convos, Rainbow Hill Meanders

Cat Convo Friday

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Loki: What do you mean you’re both sick?


Me: Yes, that’s true.

Kuri: It’s still not okay to be late with breakfast.

Me: You’re getting fed now.

Loki: About time. Oh, and thank you.

Hiyu: We can take care of ourselves.EOS 30D_IMG_7001-small

Loki: No, we can’t. We need to be fed.

Hiyu: Just pour all that food on the floor and you can take however long you want to get better.

Loki: Oh, I get it. Pour out all the treats too.

Kuri: And all the catnip you keep up in the cupboards.

Me: Sorry, but that’s not going to happen.

Hiyu: What about play time?

Me: I’ll release the battery-powered toys.

Loki: What’s a battery?

Me: It’s what makes the caterpillar run around and hide under the furniture.


Me: Sorry guys, but that’s it for the day. I’m going back to bed.

Walking the dog

Kuri: I’ll walk the dog for you.

Me: No. You’re still not allowed outside.

Loki: Why does the dog get a baby picture and we don’t?

Me: Because it’s cute and it fits.

Loki: We were cute kittens.

Loki and KuriHiyu and feather

Me: Happy now?

Kuri: I’ll sleep on whoever has the highest temperature.

Hiyu: I’ll keep watch on top of the dresser.

Loki: I can keep knees warm.

Kuri: I’ll wake you up when the dog wants out.

Loki: I’ll start with your ankles.

Hiyu: Don’t worry. We got this.

And so they do.


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