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There were three main gods in Hawaiian folklore” Kane, the Creator Ku the architect / builder Lono, the director of the elements. Together, they shed light on the darkness and chaos that consumed the earth before mankind existed. They created everything in three, representing the fact that they are the trinity.
In order to create the earth, Kane took a giant calabash (a fruit in the shape of an 8) and threw it into the air. It broke in two; the first piece was a large bowl-like shape that was the sky. The seeds that flew up became the stars and the remaining calabash fell back down, creating earth.
The sky was given to the god Rangi and the earth was owned by the goddess Papa. Kane was certain that he would create a chief to rule all of Earth. He gave earth animals, such as caterpillars that would change into butterflies and reptiles that could roam both land and sea.
Kane had grown satisfied with his creations, and asked the other gods to find some material he could sculpt a chief out of. After a long search, the god Lono finally found a mound of scarlet clay. They brought the clay to Kane, where upon he made it into the shape of a man and breathed life into it.
He arose and met with the gods. The gods, pleased with their creation, gave him the name “Red Earth Man,” after the clay he was made from. They then gave him to earth and fashioned him companions, including a wife, Ke-ola-ku-honua. They were placed in the beautiful island of Paliuli, where three rivers were located.
They were placed in the beautiful island of Paliuli, where three rivers were located. In the rivers were fish that could not be destroyed by fire, but when they were sprinkled upon the dead, they could be brought back to life.
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