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This describes the doings of the spirit Makeka on Nuku Hiva island. Makeka was said to be a so-called 'veinehae', a spirit or ancestor god who protected the hunters on To'ovi'i plateau and in Nuku Ataha. After the hunt at sunset, people had to put meat offerings for Makeka on trees. The next day these offerings were gone according to the narrator. (see also 'Makeka-Mi')
This is the story of Here, the last man eaten on Nuku Hiva island. Here, a man from the Hapa'a valley (Nuku Hiva, near Taipivai), went to Anaho (northern coast of Nuku Hiva) to get some medicine (donkey hairs). There , a cannibal from Anaho made him drunk with koko-schnapps, and then stabbed him in the back. Later on he was eaten by people from Anaho and Hatiheu. Details of how the man was eaten are given.
This is the legend of Keikahanui, a warrior from Nuku Hiva. Keikahanui was originally from the valley of Hatiheu belonging to the Taipi tribe. Keikahanui's wife belongs to the Tei'i tribe of Hakau'i which is in constant warfare with the Taipi. In this version of 'Keikahanui', his father-in-law who dislikes Keikahanui tells him one day that they prepare for war with the Taipi at Hatiheu. Keikahanui tries to find a way out not to go to war against his own people; in order to find an excuse, he pretends to be ill by putting unpleasantly smelling shell fish around his legs. Before leaving for war Keikahanui warns his father-in-law that he has to watch out for a warrior who looks like Keikahanui. The Hakau'i people leave for Hatihe'u, and shortly after leaving, Keikahanui is also on his way to Hatiheu, taking shortcuts along the To'ovi'i plateau to warn his people about the planned attack on Hatiheu. Keikahanui fights the battle with his people and kills his father-in-law. Defeated by the Taipi, the Tei'i return to Hakau'i. After the battle Keikahanui rushes back to Hakau'i in order not to be discovered by the Tei'i. After returning from Hatihe'u his two brothers-in-law discover that the warrior who killed their father is actually Keikahanui, and they plan to kill him and his wife. His mother-in-law warns them and they manage to escape.
This is the story of the cannibal Kooamua from Hatihe'u (Nuku Hiva island) of how he got converted to Christianity by one of the first catholic missionaries, called 'Orai by the locals, on Nuku Hiva island. Ko'oamua, a cannibal (see 'Here-Ka') and Ki'ipu'eva both from Hatiheu dislike the work of the missionaries and they have the intention of putting him out of their way. One day, the missionary whio resides in Taiohae intends to go to Hatiheu to give a mess there. On his way to Hatiheu he is captured by Kooamua and his helper Ki'ipu'eva who throw him into an old deep pit for fermented breadfruit ('uua maa) in the hope that the missionary will find his end there. Pity overcomes Ki'ipu'eva at night and he frees the missionary from the hole. The missionary, however, has to promise Ki'ipu'eva that he will not rapport his doings to Ko'oamua because he fears that he might kill him. The next morning the church bell rings to invite the locals to mess. Ko'oamua realises that the missionary has survived and he plans to shoot him at night in the mission house. At night he goes there, shoots the missionary by believing that he achieved his goal. The next morning Ko'oamua hears the church bells again. This is the turning point because he believes that the god of the missionary is stronger than his own; impressed by that he finally converts to Christianity.