“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Papaikou in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)

"KU" - Hawaiian God

"KU" - Hawaiian God Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2017
1. "KU" - Hawaiian God Marker
Inscription.  In the beginning in Hawaiian mythology, Po was a vast and dark empty land. Only one life form dwelled there. It was the spirit of Keawe, his single light shining and holding the energy of creation. Keawe evolved order. He opened his great calabash and flung the lid into the air and it became the huge canopy of blue sky. Keane then drew the orange disk from his calabash hanging it from the sky to become the sun. Next Keawe manifested himself as Na Wahine, a female divinity considered his daughter. In addition he became Kane, his one son who was the male generative force of creation. Hina (Na Wahine) and Kane mated spiritually to produce a royal family: KU, LONO, and KANALOA along with KANE, to become the four major Hawaiian gods. KU and HINA, per Hawaiian legend, are invoked as great ancestral Gods of heaven and earth who have spiritual control over the fruitfulness of earth and the generations of mankind. A great number of sub-ordinate Gods have suffixes added to "KU's" name; i.e. "KU-moku-ja;o'i" (meaning "KU spreading over the land"}.

"KU" - The Tiki

Two remarkable feats came together for Hawaii
"KU" - Hawaiian God and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2017
2. "KU" - Hawaiian God and Marker
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Tropical Botanical Gardens this year: one was a very special eighty year old Monkey Pod Tree that grew in our Garden, and the other was Master Carver William "Rocky: Vargas.
This outstanding Tiki was carved by Master William (Rocky) Vargas in Hilo, Hawaii. As a young boy, he learned from his brother's achievements in Tiki carving, the art and style of the Hawaiian culture and later, studied woodwork. art and drafting in school. Now his carvings are shown throughout the United States and as far as Sweden, plus his work in Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Guam and Kauai, have brought him recognition. The Garden thanks Mr. Vargas, for only his passion, reverence and respect could have produced a masterpiece such as this expression of the Hawaiian God, KU.
The dark, beautiful eighty-year old Monkey Pod Tree over growing in our garden provided this rare wood to become KU... Behold! This magnificent Tiki of KU!

We are grateful and proud to have the majesty of KU watching over our Garden.

Erected 2011 by Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & Religion.
Location. 19° 48.59′ N, 155° 5.666′ W. Marker is near Papaikou
"KU" - Hawaiian God and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 2, 2017
3. "KU" - Hawaiian God and Marker
, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Old Mamalahoa Highway near Old Onomea Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou HI 96781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Remembrance Bell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Legend of Twin Rocks (about 800 feet away); Onomea Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Spiritual Power of Stones (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand (approx. 6 miles away); Hilo Town Plantation Bell Tower (approx. 6 miles away); Lyman House Memorial (approx. 6.1 miles away); Kamehameha at Hilo Bay (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Papaikou.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the trails in the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
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1. In The Beginning Hawaiian Gods -- Coffeetime. Ku, Lono, and Kanaloa, along with Kane are the four major Hawaiian gods. Keawe made Kane the ruler of natural phenomena, such as the earth, stones, fresh water. Most importantly, Ku as Kukailimoku was god of war, but he also reigned over woodlands and crops, and in various forms was worshipped by craftsmen. Bird catchers and feather workers appealed to Kuhuluhulumanu, fishermen to Ku'ula, sorcerers to Kukoae, for example. (Submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Hawaiian Gods -- Kava. Hawaii’s pantheon
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includes several tiers of Hawaiian gods, as well as spirits that different families claim as their protective familiars. Like other aspects of traditional Hawaiian society, the gods exist in a structured hierarchy in which certain deities are at the top, as the ultimate regulators and protectors of the cosmos, with tiers of lesser deities below. Ironically, some of the most well known Hawaiian gods and goddesses belong to these lower ranks: for instance, you’ve probably heard of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes! Another famous minor deity is Laka, goddess of the hula dance.
(Submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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