Hawaiian Gods: Kane

20 02 2011


Kāne-milo-hai is the brother of Kamohoaliʻi, Pele, Kapo, Nāmaka, and Hiʻiaka (among others) by Haumea. He is a minor figure in Hawaiian mythology, figuring most prominently in the story of Pele’s journey along the island chain to Hawaiʻi, and may be seen as a terrestrial counterpart to his brother, the shark-god Kamohoaliʻi.

Kāne-milo-ha created man with the help of Lono. At the beginning Kane dwelled in darkness, then light was created, and Ku, an ancestral deity, along with Lono, god of the heavens, helped Kane to fashion the earth and the things on the earth. He was said to be the maker of the three worlds—the upper heaven, the lower heaven, and the earth.

Later they created man and woman, but the misbehavior of this pair forced Kane to leave the earth and retire to heaven, after he had made mankind subject to death. He created the forests and was said to be responsible for the rains and considered to be a great healer and found living in the leaves of healing plants.

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