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[ Kai Akea - Ocean Realm ]

Kai Akea

In Hawaiian tradition, all that we are comes from the sea. Both gods and man came from afar, from a place known as “Kahiki.” Pele and her shark-brother, Kamohoali‘i, arrive in Hawai’i in search of a home. Kū lands first on Lāna’i, amid a great storm, bringing with him a strict moral code. Lono arrives seasonally, bringing for greenery and life to the islands. Waves of migrations also brought people with new traditions and practices. And, according the great creation chant, Kumulipo, the earliest of life forms was said to have issued forth from the depths of the sea.