The weke (pronounced
Ve-Ke) is a fish that is commonly fished for in Hawaii.
The word weke means goatfish. There are many types
of goatfish in Hawai‘i and in the world.
The weke is only one type of goatfish in Hawai‘i.
There are hundreds of types of Weke or goatfish
varying from the Hawaiian islands throughout the
whole world. However there is a Mo‘olelo
behind the weke. Mo‘olelo is the
Hawaiian word for story or legend. The head of a Weke
is said to contain something that creates nightmares. It
is also is said that the closer to Läna‘i
the fish is caught, the worser of effects. Pahulu
was the chief of evil beings who peopled the island of Läna‘i.
When Kaulula‘au, son of Kaka‘alane,
ruler of Maui was a boy, he was banished to Läna‘i.
He was banished to this island because of his mischief,
by trickery he rid the island of evil beings, and the spirit
of pahulu fled to the sea and entered a Weke fish.
From then on nightmares were called Pahulu, and
a person who had a nightmare was said to be influenced by
He Weke, Hei‘a Pahulu
1. Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our
likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and
the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Genesis 1:25-27 (in Context) Genesis 1 (Whole Chapter)