book records lists of the gods, short stories about
the gods, and longer legends about their interactions
with humans. Where there are stories to link to about
these gods, their name will be bold and underlined
below so you can click to learn more about them.)
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is a list of the supreme and principal elemental,
industrial and tutelary deities of the Hawaiian group:
or fallen angel
in the Realm of Po, or death
Hawaiian king, who, after life, founded the island
of Kapapahaunaumoku, in the realms of Po, or death.
of Akea, or who, according to another belief, accompanied
Akea to Po, and became the perpetual ruler of a kingdom
on its western confines.
to in some legends as the supreme sovereign of Po.
With him abide the spirits of distinguished chiefs
and priests, who wander among beautiful streams and
groves of kou trees, and subsist upon lizards and
of the sun)
god, with an abode somewhere in the heavens, and to
whose prsence the departed spirits of chiefs were
who conducted the souls of distinguished chiefs to
A god of
Maui, who bore the spirits of noted chiefs to the
celestial paradise. Kamehameha sought to secure possession
of a very sacred image of this god, inherited by Kahekili,
moi of Maui.
goddess of volcanoes, with her sisters.
Moho, the king of vapor and steam
the night rain, or rain of fire.
of thunder, or thungering god.
child of war
of the Elements
of the winds, the Hawaiian Aeolus, whose home was
A god of
fishermen for all islands – temples were erected to
him on the shores of favorite fishing grounds, and
the first fish of every catch was his due.
Kuula (appealed to when her husband with held his
fishermen on Lanai
and her daughter Aiaikuula
of fishermen on Hawaii
shark god of Hawaii
shark god of Oahu and Molokai
eel-god of all the group
or fish-gods of Kauai
were a number of shark and lizard gods. They were
powerful and malignant, and greatly feared by the
classes who frequented the sea. Heiaus were erected
to them on promontories overlooking the ocean, and
the offerings to them of fish and fruits were always
liberal. They assumed the forms of giant sharks and
lizards, and not unfrequently lashed the waters into
fury and destroyed canoes.
the Arts and Industries
A god of
speech, special to Kuai
chief who first learned the use of herbs and the art
of healing from the gods. He was a patron of the kahunas.
Disciples were Olonapuha and Makanuiailone.
the hula nad similar sports
of the mountains who braided leis.
of Maui held in great reverence