Hawaiians are a deeply religious folks. Their inspiration and mana (religious energy, vitality, and life power) come from the highly effective forces of their pure world. This world was immense. It stretched past the eight major Hawaiian Islands and encompassed Kahiki, Aotearoa, Te Pito o te Henua and every part in-between. It spanned the breadth of earth’s largest ocean and included a sea of stars in an limitless evening sky. Primarily based on the enormity of their world, it’s no marvel why historic Hawaiians had been polytheistic.

There are over 400,000 completely different gods acknowledged in Hawaiian tradition. These embrace the principal deities, demi-gods, ‘aumakua (ancestral gods), and plenty of lesser akua (gods). Every had their very own realm of affect over some side of Hawaiian society. On this pantheon of akua had been those that had higher kuleana (tasks) resembling struggle or politics and others with much less essential roles. Not all akua Hawai’i (Hawaiian gods) had been worshiped by every particular person. Gods different from place to put and from island to island. Gods additionally differed based on an individual’s space of experience, for instance, a canoe maker would not essentially pray to the gods of hula (dance) for assist and vice versa. There have been, nevertheless, some deities and religious beliefs that every one Hawaiians adhered to no matter standing or class.

Listed beneath are the key gods collectively generally known as Ka Ha (lit. the 4) that influenced each side of the Hawaiian world. They had been equally revered amongst all islands in historic occasions and are acknowledged all through Polynesia as among the strongest gods in Oceania.

On this listing, readers will discover the frequent title for every god, together with their sphere of affect. Additionally included are among the major kinolau belonging to every akua. Kinolau actually means “many varieties.” They’re the bodily manifestations of an akua and despite the fact that they usually take the type of a plant or animal, kinolau aren’t restricted to solely natural world.

Frequent title:

Ku

Different names:

Kunuiakea, Kuka’ilimoku.

God of:

Warfare, politics, sorcery, farming, fishing, hen catching, canoe constructing.

Kinolau:

‘Ie’ie, ‘Ohi’a Lehua, Loulu, ‘Ulu, Niu, Pueo, Mano, ‘Io, Niuhi, ‘Ilio, Koa.

Frequent title:

Lono

Different names:

Lonoikaouali’i, Lonoikamakahiki.

God of:

Peace, fertility, agriculture, prosperity, sports activities, therapeutic (medicinal herbs), love making.

Kinolau:

Pua’a, Kukui, Hapu’u, Ipu, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, ‘Ama’ama, ‘Ohua Palemo, thunder, clouds, lightning, rain.

Frequent title:

Kane

Different names:

Kanenuiakea.

God of:

Freshwater, life, procreation, canoe builders, enhance of ‘o’opu, therapeutic.

Kinolau:

Wai, ‘Ohe, Ko, La’i, Wauke, Kalo, forests, dawn.

Frequent title:

Kanaloa

Different names:

N/A

God of:

Deep ocean, ocean winds, fishing, voyaging, therapeutic.

Kinolau:

Ocean, Mai’a, Muhe’e, He’e, ocean winds, sundown.

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