Mission #325 - P7X-948 - Papahana

Mission Briefing





SGC Team



Planet Designation



Planet Name



Mission Date



Mission Type

Exploration - Scouting Detail (SOP pg 59) 



The SGC discovered a new planet designated P7X-948 on 1/21/1998.  Through standard operating procedures to determine the planets eligibility status, the planet was deemed safe for human life.  Local inhabitants were spotted shortly before the MALP transmission was interrupted. 



Determine the cause of the MALP transmission interruption, perform preliminary scientific surveys of the region immediately around the Stargate, and establish peaceful contact with the local inhabitants.



Mission directives are at the discretion of the CO.  


Mission Time (hrs)



Check-in (hrs)




As per rank of SG-21

Planet Eligibility Status:




Plotting Start



Wormhole Established






Mission Ready



Last Surveyed


Planet Environmentals:





Hot (base temperature ~68 degrees F.) 



Normal (base pressure 1.04 Atm.) 



Extremely wet



Very stable



Tropical/Rain Forest



SOP MALP analysis rec'd on 2/3/1998 

Planet Antrhrosphere:




Tech Level

Copper Age pg 448


Military Outlook

Cautious pg 448



Triarchy pg 449



Friendly pg 449


Civil Rights

Moderate pg 449


Origin / Culture Age



Origin / Culture Roots

Hawaiian - Polynesian




Planet Visual Telemetry:




Gate Status



Gate Location

Center of a caldera


Gate Use

None apparent


DHD Status



DHD Location

30’ from gate


Gate Surroundings

The gate is off center in the caldera.  No vegetation is present in the caldera.  Vegetation visible on the lip of the caldera is indicative of a tropical biosphere in the surrounding terrain.



Placement and weathering of surrounding terrain features indicates >1,000 years of volcanic inactivity. 


Papahana Mythology

O ke au i kahuli wela ka honua
O ke au i kahuli lole ka lani
O ke au i kuka'iaka ka la
E ho'omalamalama i ka malama
O ke au o Makali'i ka po
O ka walewale ho'okumu honua ia
O ke kumu o ka lipo, i lipo ai
O ke kumu o ka Po, i po ai
O ka lipolipo, o ka lipolipo
O ka lipo o ka la
O ka lipo o ka po
Poµ wale ho'i, hanau ka po
Haµnau Kumulipo i ka po, he kane
Hanau Po'ele i ka po, he wahine
Hanau ka 'Ukuko'ako'a

At the time of changing, the earth was hot
At the time of changing, the heavens unfolded
At the time when the sun appeared in shadows
Causing the moon to shine
At the time when the Pleiades were seen in the night
When the slime established the earth
At the beginning of the deep darkness
At the beginning of the night, only night
In the unfathomable dark blue darkness
In the darkness of the sun
In the endless night
It was entirely night, the night gave birth
Born to the night was Kumulipo (foundation of darkness), a male
Born to the night was Po'ele (the dark night), a female
Born from these two was the Coral Polyp

The Beginning of Time

The ancient Papahanaan world begins with Po, the unfathomable and mysterious female night. Po is the ultimate ancestor of all Papahanaan Gods; she is the source of life, of divinity, and of ancestral wisdom. To this day, Papahanaans often use the phrase, "Mai ka po mai" (from the night, or the beginning of time) to connote the wisdom and customs that come from antiquity.

Papahanaan gods and goddesses — known as Akua — were created when Po spontaneously gave birth to a son and daughter, Kumulipo (male night) and Po'ele (female night). The two siblings then mated, and created the world over a time period of 16 wa, during which 40,000 Akua were born. The modern figurative Papahanaan phrase '40,000 Akua' refers to the divinity still inherent in every aspect of Papahanaan life.

The first child of Kumulipo and Po'ele was the coral polyp, an Akua (god) named Hina. The coral reefs were her body; and from the coral heads Hina gave birth to sea urchins, seaweeds, reef creatures, and their cousins of the land, fresh water shrimp, mosses, and small ferns. Hina was also the mother of other useful Akua, such as the pig-god Kamapua'a, who taught men how to plant Kalo (Taro).

The Power of Women

Hina, the coral god, was a shortened version of Wahine (Woman). In Papahanaan mythology women were a powerful source of new life, and the life-giving source of mana, or spiritual power. In the Polynesian world Mana Wahine — the power of woman — was a force that must never be ignored, for in a world where genealogical ranking meant everything, the first ancestor was the most powerful. It was Hina (Woman) who gave birth to new life; it was woman who controlled the moon, the tides and the reefs, and it was woman who had the secret of fire.
The first born of the human-like Akua was a woman, La'ila'i, whose name means peace. It was the goddess Kaha'ula who gave sexual dream adventures to men and women who prayed to her earnestly enough, and it was the female Akua Laka who inspired the skill of dancers and chanters, female and male, that they might enchant and seduce one another.

Hina, the coral goddess, was also the mother of Maui, a son whom she empowered to slow the sun in its race through the heavens so that she might dry her kapa cloth properly, to fish up land from the bottom of the ocean for new generations to live upon, to push up the sky so that people might walk upright, and to obtain the secret of fire from Hina's sisters, the Alae birds. Women prayed to Hina for permission to pick medicinal herbs in the forest, and for skill in the delicate art of tapping out the kapa bark cloth that clothed the nation. Women also prayed to Hina as the Akua of reef fishing, for that was women's work.

The Role of Men

Papahanaan men prayed to Ku, Hina's lover and her male counterpart, as the Akua of deep sea fishing. The Papahanaan world was thereafter divided into female and male domains of work, and it was considered pono, or correct and righteous, when there was a balance between the two. When there was balance in the world, the ancestral Akua were pleased, and when there was perfect harmony in the universe; people were protected from all harm.

Each of the four major male Akua — Ku, god of war; Lono, god of fertility and agriculture; Kane, god of sunlight and male essence; and Kanaloa, god of the ocean — had a female counter part. These were Kuho'one'enu'u, war goddess of O'ahu island; Lonowahine, goddess of the Makahiki festivals; Kaneikawaiola, goddess of fresh running water; and Namakaokaha'i, goddess of the ocean.

Sexual power and political power were very close in the Papahanaan mind; the word "ai" means both to make love and to rule the land. The goddess Haumea, most famous on the island of O'ahu, was Akua of childbirth, war, and politics, who taught women the medical knowledge required for safe childbirth, She also defeated the ruling chief Kumuhonua — an enemy of her kane (male lover) Wakea — then saved him from sacrifice at the temple, and gave him the authority to rule the island after she won the war. It is Papahanaan tradition that women are powerful because they give birth, but men needed something to do as well, so they were allowed to govern the land.


History of Papahanaan Culture and Society

According to ancient Papahanaan beliefs, the world was given birth by Po, the female night. Her son Kumulipo, (Source of Darkness) mated with his sister Po'ele (the Deep Dark Night), and from these two were born all creatures of the world in genealogical sequence, from the coral polyp in the slime of the ocean floor, to the fish of the sea, to the creatures of the land and the birds of the sky. All aspects of the world became one of the 40,000 Papahanaan Akua (gods), and from these Akua were born the Papahanaan people. Papahanaan identity is, in fact, derived from the Kumulipo, the great cosmogonic genealogy. Its essential lesson is that every aspect of the Papahanaan conception of the world is related by birth, and as such, all parts of the Papahanaan world are of one indivisible lineage.

Papahanaans believe they descended directly from the mating of the earth mother, Papahanaumoku, with her brother Wakea, the sky father, from whom were born the islands of Papahana, the first Taro plant, and Haloa, the first divine Chief and first of the Ali'i Nui (gods that walked upon the earth). All native Papahanaans descend from the Ali'i Nui, with commoners being the descendants of the junior lineages. Archaeologists agree that Papahanaans have lived in Papahana from at least 100 BC, or for the past 2,000 years, and Papahanaan tradition states that from the beginning of human time in the Papahanaan Islands until the present, there have been 100 generations.

The 'Aikapu religion began with the birth of the Papahanaan islands. 'Aikapu, or sacred eating, made the eating of food a religious experience, a communion with the gods, surrounded by ceremony and constraint. 'Aikapu was the foundation of all kapu or law, and it required that men work in areas governed by male gods, and women work in areas governed by female gods. Males and females worshipped at different temples, and ate in different houses.

Because, while the earth is female, most foods that grow out of the earth are male, the 'Aikapu religion decreed that only men could cook. Men had to build one oven to cook their food, and another oven for women's food. Similarly, they had to build one dining house for themselves, and another for the women.

However there was only one sleeping house where men, women and children — in an extended family that included grandparents parents, aunts uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, and grandchildren — all slept together. In the old days, (and what seems to continue as a trend today), the cultural norm was "moe aku, moe mai" [sleeping here and there]. Multiple sexual relationships (punalua) were affectionately regarded, and the children from such liaisons claimed higher rank as a result of having two or more fathers. Children referred to all adults of their parents' generation as Father or Mother, and gave heed to any adult who gave them instruction on their behavior.

In accordance with Polynesian customs, the Papahanaan people — as the younger siblings of the Gods, the Taro, and the Chiefs — owed a duty of love, respect, and obedience to their mythological elders. In return, the elders lovingly provided for the needs of the people, with food, shelter, direction of society, and religious sanction, ensuring the good life. The ideal of Pono, or perfect harmony in the universe, was maintained so long as the chiefs maintained their devotion to the Gods, and the people were obedient to their elders, the Ali'i Nui. The kupuna (elders) described this ancient relationship in the 1800s:

"The Kingdom of Papahana nei is a kingdom that loves its ali'i, that loves the voices with which the Ali'i speak, that loves their words, that loves the discussion between us, that fulfills the command that simply falls from the lips. Our aloha is not for sale, not for rent, not merely for personal gain, but, is the true Native aloha. This aloha clings to the Mo'i and the beloved ali'i who are kind to the commoners and to the entire race." — (Samuel Kamakau, 8/26/1869)

The 40,000 Papahanaan Gods regulated the correct phases of the moon for fishing and farming, for the building of temples, and for the celebration of life. The people and the land prospered as a sophisticated civilization was developed, including the largest network of wetland taro fields and hundred-acre fishponds ever found anywhere in the world. Living in harmony with the land developed into an exquisite art form, and generosity in all things, especially in the sharing of food, was considered the highest mark of civilized behavior.

Nowhere else in Polynesia did such agricultural complexes exist. Efficient cultivation of the land allowed the feeding of a large population with a minimum of effort. Working on average about four hours a day, Papahanaans made the largest temples, the finest bark cloth, the most elegant feather cloaks, the most delicate shell necklaces, and the most streamlined canoes in all of the Pacific. Their dances and poetry were considered by some to be the most refined and eloquent in all of Polynesia.

An efficiently governed society made possible a four-month First Fruits Festival called Makahiki. During the Makahiki, Lono, the God of peace, brought fertility to the land, while the people celebrated life. Ku, the God of war, was blindfolded and left powerless, and during the four-month festival both hard labor and war were taboo. It was a Pono (righteous) life; one filled with universal harmony, and that pono was maintained so long as the Ali'i Nui, or high chiefs, followed the advice of their religious and political leaders.

Traditional Papahana had a long tradition of historians and orators who would memorize the genealogies and mo'olelo (pertinent histories) attached to those lineages. When an Ali'i Nui had to make a difficult decision, he or she would call upon the historians to recount what had worked — or not worked — for the ancestors in the past. Papahanaan political leaders were therefore able to learn from historical examples and avoid those pitfalls which had befallen their ancestors.

In traditional times, the Papahanaan polity was religious, and the Papahanaan religion, at the Ali'i Nui level, was political. The Ali'i Nui were therefore very religious, for without approval from the gods it was believed the Ali'i Nui would not have long to rule.

Before the coming of the Haole, or foreigners, to our islands, the idea of Ea — of having political independence and sovereignty — was firmly established and supported by the traditional 'Aikapu religion. Ea was considered a gift from the gods, in particular from Ku, the Akua of war and politics. During a lengthy and strict religious ritual, Ku was enticed from his favorite residence in the mountains to the heiau, or temple by the sea to live with the Ali'i Nui. There at the heiau a ceremony was held for the Waiea, the "essence of sovereignty." This could also be translated as "the water of life," for the same word, Ea, is used for life and for sovereignty. During this ceremony, Ku gave his mana, or spiritual power, to the Mo'i — the supreme Ali'i Nui — allowing him or her to rule the land.

After the ceremony, the people rejoiced because everyone believed that the government would enjoy great peace and prosperity during the coming years. The correct behavior, or pono, practiced by the people — especially by the Ali'i Nui — would ensure blessings from the Akua, and harmony in the land.

For thousands of years there were only Papahanaans living in these islands — filling every nook and cranny of this beautiful land with the abundance of our taro and our children. It was a time when the problems Papahanaans had to overcome were simply those of their own making. These were problems for which our ancestors could provide answers, if we but stopped to consult them. It was not a perfect life, but it was a well-ordered existence, in a society that was dedicated to the celebration of life. It was a world that Papahanaans knew intimately, and from our knowledge, could readily control.

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