In the beginning the world was complete darkness. However out of that darkness two beings were born... the male Kumulipo whose name means 'the esence of darkness', and the female Po'ele, whose name meant darkness itself.
The beings created creatures of the deep and plants and animals that lived in darkness and as they did the sky became lighter. They also gave birth to a male Pouliuli whose name meant 'deep darkness' and a female named Powehiwehi, whose name meant 'darkness with a little light'. This continued as the offspring had two more children whose names were Po'el'ele and Pohaha
The third couple created the creatures of the darkness-near-dawn; the insects that fly by night, the caterpillar, the grasshopper and a large egg. This egg hatched into thousand of birds that flew all around the now even lighter sky and sung until dawn. Soon After the third couple gave birth to a fourth couple who created creatures of both day and night.
By this time it was almost dawn and the earth was already buzzing with the life from so many creations. These two created the first dawn and light finally came into the world. The first man, Ki’i and the first woman La’ila’a were born- they were both dark since they were born just at dawn. The first man and first woman had many children. With each generation, their skins became lighter and lighter until they became the color they are now.