Kanaloa (the god who became the devil)

The interesting thing about Kanaloa as a god is the fact that he also is a giant squid. And apparently his smell is also noteworthy, his long name meaning “Evil-Smelling Squid.” This makes an easy case for him to later be turned into the devil in opposition to Kane, sulfer and squid stink being ofContinue reading “Kanaloa (the god who became the devil)”

The confusing mythic-history of Hawaii

So when I started looking into the stories of Hawaiian culture, I thought that there must be lots of stories, and I was very excited to get started. The more I now read, however, the more detailed and confusing these stories get! There are so many different versions of all the stories, and it turnsContinue reading “The confusing mythic-history of Hawaii”

Basic Research

I read Thomas Thrum’s 1907 book about Hawaiian gods and stories. This was the first book really published about Hawaiian cultural beliefs, I am sure partly because it was illegal in the United States to even speak Hawaiian until 1978. This to me was really saddening, as well as the whole history of how theContinue reading “Basic Research”