Hina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a

April 17th, 2009 by sabrina

ohiaHina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a is the Hawaiian Goddess of the ’ohi’a tree. On the island of Oahu, she is thought to be the wife of Ku-ka-‘ohi’a-laka, God of canoe builders, but on Maui she is the wife of Kaha’i, God of lightning. In legends, Hina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a protects children and appears as a beautiful woman covered in the leaves and red flowers of the ’ohi’a tree. The tree is sacred to both Hina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a and Ku-ka-‘ohi’a-laka, and special ceremonies must be performed before the flowers or leaves are gathered. Hina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a’s name means “woman of the ’ohi’a tree,” and she is also known as La-ea (in her aspect as Goddess of canoe builders) and Nahinahi-ana (in an aspect in which she dyed and stamped kapa, or bark cloth).

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3 responses about “Hina-‘ulu-‘ohi’a”

  1. Kim Graae Munch said:

    As I could find a place for general comments, I put my comment here.

    Have you read of “The Earthly Mother” in the Essene Gospel of Peace? I have some about her here, including references, http://kimgraaemunch.wordpress.com/2008/10/19/the-essene-gospel-of-peace/

  2. AnnaPerenna said:

    She and her plants look absolutely stunning!

  3. Mrs.B. said:

    I’ve started a discussion for pagan parents of kids with special needs on my blog. I thought you might like to check it out and maybe join in. It’s located here:

    http://silvermoonwitch.blogspot.com/2009/06/pagan-parenting-of-special-needs-kids.html

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