Hawaiian Myths and Legends
Hawaiian Gods, Ghosts and Goblins
Hawaii is full of myths and legends – stories that are full of passion, betrayal, loyalty, birth and death. According to W.D. Westervelt, one of the most famed re-tellers of Hawaiian myths and legends back in the early 1900s, some of these myths and legends were very similar to the stories told in Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and other islands in the Pacific Ocean.
These Hawaiian stories told the tales of gods and men – ghosts and goblins. One Hawaiian chant speaks of as many as “four thousand gods” of the Hawaiian people. The Hawaiian people, like most tribal cultures, explained everything from the creation of the Earth to the lava flowing from the volcano through the stories of their gods.
Hawaiian Gods of the Myths and Legends
This is only a partial list of the many Hawaiian Gods. The islands are full of stories and legacies. Many locals still believe in their existence. To this they are revered and respected by many.
Kane: Father of living creatures. Kane is identified
with the sun, fresh water and the forest.
Ku: God of war. Human sacrifices were made to
Kane in ancient times.
Kaneloa: Ruler of the land of departed spirits.
Lono: God of growing things, rain, harvest,
peace and sports.
Pele: Goddess of the volcanoes.
Hina: Goddess of women’s work.
Laka: Goddess of the hula.
Kuula: God of fishermen.
Papa: Fertility goddess.
Kanaloa: God of death, darkness and the ocean.
Poliahu: Goddess of the snow of Mauna Kea. The
rival of Pele.
Here are some legends to wet your appetite of Hawaiian myths and legends: