Many years ago, the sun moved so quickly across the sky that the planet was plunged into darkness in a matter of minutes every day. Maui and his siblings could barely see their evening meal, a hangi, one evening. This did not sit well with them. So Maui shouted to his brothers that he was going to catch the sun and slow it down.
Maui and his brothers set off that night, ropes and supplies in hand, on the long journey to the location where the sun rose, under the cover of darkness. They would hide under trees during the day to avoid being seen by the sun. Maui told his brothers to soften the surrounding clay so they could construct clay homes to protect themselves from the sun's ferocious heat when it rose. They then formed a noose around the pit with the ropes and waited.
The sun awoke and began to rise as morning approached. The heat was so intense that the brothers shouted in terror and attempted to flee, but Maui told them to stay. It was either stay to fight the sun or perish in the sun's fireballs as they attempted to flee.