Hina-‘opu-hala-ko’a

September 16th, 2008 by sabrina

Hina-‘opu-hala-ko’a is the Hawaiian Goddess of coral and spiny sea creatures, such as sea urchins. She appears as either a coral reef or as a woman in Hawaiian myths. It is said that the God Maui used a piece of her coral to form a fishing hook one day. He then went fishing with his brothers and pulled the Hawaiian islands from the sea. Hina-‘opu-hala-ko’a is one of the many forms of the Great Goddess Hina, and her name means “Hina of the coral stomach.”

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