July 02, 2020
Prior to the arrival of the missionaries in 1820, Hawaiians believed in many gods. A Hawaiian chant, the Kumulipo which consists of 2102 lines, links the royal families to the gods. There are four major gods, KU, KANE, LONO and KANALOA. Demi-gods included Pele and many others. The complexities of the relationships between all Hawaiian gods are explained in many legends.
Today we talk of God LONO the Ancient God of Fertility and Peace: Most ancient of the Tiki, Seeker of Knowledge, Represents Family Strength, Good Luck, Happy and Love.
Lono is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants. Twin brother of KANALOA, who existed before the world was created. Lono was also the god of peace.
Lono sometimes familiarly called Lono-Makua (Father Lono), was the most compassionate of the three Akua (God). Lono specifically cared for crops, forgiveness and healing.*
Kona-Style images are the only localized style of Hawaiian Tiki Sculpture that can be documented on the Kona coast of the Island of Hawai'i in the late 1700's and early 1800's. Kona-Style images are known for the details in the hair pattern and eyes are not dislocated into the hair pattern.
For more about all Hawaiian Tiki Gods, please check out our About Tiki Gods page.
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