Overview

Learning the names of the gods and goddesses is particularly confusing because each god has many different incarnations, each one meaning the actual god AND a seperate deity. We will use the main name for our purposes, but as an example, let's take Ku.

Ku
Ku-olono-wao (Ku of the deep forest)
Ku-mauna (Ku of the mountain)
Ku-ka-o-o (Ku of the digging stick)
Ku-ula-kai (Ku of teh abundance of the sea)
Ku-nui-akea (Ku the supreme one)
Ku-waha-ilo (Ku of the maggot-dropping mouth)

That's just a few of his names.

Also, these myths vary from island to island and incorporate all of the South Pacific Islands, not just the Hawaiian Islands.

Notes

  • Hawaiian Gods and Goddesses Presentation

Stories

  • The Strifes of Maui
  • Pele

 


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Disney Fact Check!

Watch this video:

We are going to examine Maui's claims here and compare them to what he really has done to see if Disney is correct, or if they pulled another Hercules.

  • Fact Check Sheet
  • Maui Story

 

Comic Book Version

Of course Marvel has a comic book version of the pantheon. Look at the picture below and try to figure out which is which. Once you think you've got it, roll your cursor over the image to check your guesses.

 

Konane - Hawaiian Checkers

While it looks similar to our version of checkers, it is quite a bit different. First of all, put pieces on the entire board, but alternate colors. Traditionally it was played with white coral and black lava stones andthe board would have been a large stone slab. You can have the board to be any size you wish.

Rules

  1. Black moves first by removing one black stone from the board - either the middle or a corner.
  2. White then removes one white stone that is adjecent to the missing black stone (front, back, side, side - there are no diagonal moves in this game).
  3. Black moves by jumping a white stone and removing that white stone from the board. White then does the same - and so on and so on until the game is over.
  4. All moves must be jumping moves and no jumps can be diagonal.
  5. As in checkers, a piece may make as many jumps as it can as long as it is going in the same direction, but is not forced to make more than one jump.
  6. Once a player cannot make a move, that player has lost.

One version of the Lono story is that he hears the chief who loves Lono's wife say, "O Kaikiranee-Aree-Opuna, yuour lover salutes you: keep this, remove that: one will still remain." Lono, upon hearing this kills his wife with one stroke and is immediately saddened by this. So he sets up the Makahiki games in her honor and after trying to work through his grief by fighting every man he saw, he left on a large boat promising to come back sailing an island.

 

 

Hawaiian Mythology Links

Practically all of the information gained on this came from Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Beckwith. This is a book I bought on my honeymoon because even then I was a complete nerd. It is THE book on Hawaiian gods and goddesses. You don't have to go to Hawaii to get it any more. You can buy it on Amazon.