Ancient Hawaiian Tiki Gods!
From fire volcanos to powerful surf, ancient Hawaiians filled their amazing land with tiki gods. The carved wooden tikis peering through the rainforest, mystic caves along the coast and great tiki god temples of sacrifice were located in Hawaiian tiki villages. They were worshipped through human sacrifice, chants, for wealth, death and love. Ancient Hawaii was a mythic land with freighting tiki masked warriors appearing from jungles and many unique and interesting gods and legends.
The Four Major Tiki Gods - Ku, Kanaloa, Kane, and Lono
Ku – Ancient Tiki God of War
In Hawaiian mythology, Ku is one of the four great gods. He was the husband of the goddess Hina. His name suggests a complementary dualism as the word "ku" in the Hawaiian language means "standing up" while one meaning of "hina" is "fallen down". Ku is worshipped under many names, including Ku-ka-ili-moku, the "Seizer of Land" (a feather-god, the guardian of Kamehameha). Rituals included human sacrifice, which was not part of the worship of the other gods. Ku, Kane, and Lono caused light to shine in upon the world. They are uncreated gods who have existed from eternity..
Lono – Ancient Tiki God of Fertility and Peace
Lono, in Hawaiian mythology, is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants. He was one of the four gods who existed before the world was created. Lono was also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of the Makahiki was held. During this period (from October through February), all unnecessary work and war was kapu (taboo).
Kane– Ancient Tiki God of Light and Life
Hawaiian mythology describes Kane Milohai as the father of the tiki gods Ka-moho-ali'i, Pele (whom he exiled to Hawaii), Kapo, Namaka and Hi'iaka by Haumea. He created the sky, earth and upper heaven and gave Kumu-Honua the garden. He owned a tiny seashell that, when placed on the ocean's waves, turned into a huge sailboat. The user of the boat had merely to state his destination and the boat took him there. In agricultural and planting traditions, Kane was identified with the sun. The word Kane alone means "man". As a creative force, Kane was the heavenly father of all men. As he was the father of all living things, he was a symbol of life in nature.
Kanaloa – Ancient Tiki God the Sea
Kanaloa is one of the four great gods of Hawaiian mythology. He is the local form of a Polynesian deity generally connected with the sea. In the traditions of Ancient Hawaii, Kanaloa is symbolized by the squid, and is typically associated with Kane in legends and chants where they are portrayed as complementary powers. For example, Kane was called upon during the building of a canoe and Kanaloa during the sailing of it. Kane governed the northern edge of the ecliptic while Kanaloa manned the southern; Kanaloa points to hidden springs, and Kane then taps them out. In this way, they represent a divine duality of wild and taming forces.