Near Papaikou in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
“KU” - Hawaiian God
Two remarkable feats came together for Hawaii
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!
Erected 2011 by Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
Location. 19° 48.59′ N, 155° 5.666′ W. Marker is near Papaikou, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from Old Mamalahoa Highway near Old Onomea Road, on the right when traveling 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 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.