Right now, I will talk a little bit about the few things that I know of the story of Iaidebaba. There was a foreign canoe that arrived on the ocean-side of the two Dahangas. And the people from the canoe came down and stayed on Dahangadabu. And when they stayed on Dahangadabu, they bewitched the people on the island so that they could not come to that islet. They stayed on that islet, and bewitched the lagoon-side of all those islands to seem like a fire. So when people came to do their work, when they reached those two islets, they couldn’t go any further north. It was hot from the magic of the foreign people. So people returned to the main islet. So, they did not know how to go to the north side to do their work, to the northern islets.
Then all the ghosts of Nukuoro came and tried to go and break that spell. But the ghosts tried and tried, and they weren’t able to do it. Then, Iaidebaba said, “Allow me to go there. Me and my people will go there.” And so, they went.
As they came and passed over the north side of Tuila, those foreigners on Dahanga saw them coming. So they did magic, strengthened the magic, and brought it. So the fire came and came and when it reached Iaidebaba and his people, they fell down. They fell down on the beach. They left, and went down under the seabed, under the island, and continued to walk toward them. And the people on the islet said that they died. They couldn’t come anymore.
But they came and came, and they rose up to the surface on another islet, which was closer to them. And the people on the islet looked at them. “Oh! They’re closer now.” So they did magic. They fell. They fell below. So they went underneath. And they walked toward them. They came further north, and they came back up. They stood up. When those people looked, they were even closer.
So they continued like that, and came and came and came, and the last time that they fell, they fell on the lagoon-side of Ahuilodo. And when they stood up that time, they stood up on the north side of Ahuilodo. And they did strong magic. So they made themselves fall down below. They couldn’t see them. When they got up that time, they got up in front of Dahangahainoo.
When they got up in front of Dahangahainoo, the foreign people jumped up and ran and dove into the water, and swam in the lagoon. They continued to swim, but it was Sualei who was the furthest into the lagoon. And so those other people lined up toward the inland side, and the strongest man Sualei was able to go furthest into the lagoon. And all those other people lined up straight like that.
Then all the men died and drowned and sank down from fatigue, and grew... when they sank and went down to the bottom of the ocean, then coral heads grew up from their bodies. These men. And so, that’s how the coral heads were formed which are lined up on the lagoon-side of those islets, it’s the men of Sualei’s canoe. And it’s Sualei who is the furthest into the lagoon.
So that’s the story of Iaidebaba that I heard, and that I remember, that I heard from the older people. Those are the few things from the story of Iaidebaba that I know. That’s all.