Ku  

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In Hawaiian mythology Ku or Ku-ka-ili-moku (see below) is one of the four great gods along with Kanaloa, Kane, and Lono. He is known as the god of war and the husband of the goddess Hina. Some have taken this to suggest a complementary dualism, as the word ku in the Hawaiian language means "standing up" while one meaning of hina is "fallen down". This analysis is not supported by evidence from other Polynesian languages which distinguish the original "ng" and "n". Hina's counterpart in New Zealand for example, is Hina, associated with the moon, rather than Hinga, "fallen down". Thus, the Hawaiian name Hina is probably rather connected to the other meaning of hina, denoting a silvery-grey color (like the full moon); indeed the moon is named Mahina in the Hawaiian language. File:Kuka'ilimoku. jpg Ku-ka-ili-moku Ku is worshipped under many names, including Ku-ka-ili-moku (also written Kukaʻilimoku), the "Seizer of Land", a feather-god. He was the guardian of Kamehameha I who erected monuments to him at the Holualoa Bay royal center and his residence at Kamakahonu. 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. The Kailua-Kona lighthouse was built on land known as Kukailimoku Point.

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