Kupe was a great fisherman. He lived in Hawaiiki. In Hawaiiki where he was settled with hid tribe were traditional fishing grounds.
When the moon was out and the tide was right the fisherman headed out to sea and always returned with lots of fish all different sizes and colours.
The people gathered on the sore waiting for them to come back from the sea. Then they would divide the catch evenly for all the tribes.
One morning the fisherman were in their favourite fishing spot and they pulled up their fishing net to see their catch but when they were pulling it up they did not feel the same tug as the usually do. When they pulled it out the saw that all the bait had gone but they had no fish. They continued throughout the day but still did not catch a single fish.
Kupe finally considered what had happened and called everyone to come for a meeting. He first talked about his respect for the sea and his love for it and how they have been able to feed the village for the mean while. He also talked about the great fisherman who fed and look after their tribe and then finished it off with telling them that he was going to find out what had gone wrong.
The next day kupe and his fishing friends went back out to their favourite spot and still they did not catch any fish and all their bait was gone but there were bits of octopus left behind.