Hawaiian Legends - Nightmarchers, Menehune, and the Tiki Gods

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By: Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, Century 21 Liberty Homes, Mililani, HI 96789 (Localism.com Featured Article)

 HAWAIIAN Spirits and Superstitions covered only a sliver of our Spirits and Superstions in Hawaii. Remember I mentioned that we had our home blessed because our home was in the path of the warriors marching? We will now embark on one  Hawaiian legend, ....The Nightmarchers.

The Nightmarchers are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian high ranking warriors. They say that they come forth during the night from their burial sites to march where they battled or march on to other sacred areas. It is said that if you live near their path of marching you will see their torches or hear the chanting, the marching and/or the drums beating faintly. Place ti plants or leaves around your house to keep away evil spirits and the "nightmarchers" to avoid the area as well. The most famous of these "marching" paths of the Nightmarcher's is along the Pali where Kamehameha fought the last battle.

 

In Hawaii, the Menehune, are "little people" that stand two feet high. Similar to pixi's or trolls the Menehune roam the deep forests at  night. They are very strong and are master builders and said to accomplish many projects over night! There are many stories how they came to be in Hawaii.  One version is that they were the first settlers in Hawaii that came from the descendants of the Marquesas Islanders and resided here between the years of 0-350 A.D. Supposedly, the "bigger people" from Tahiti came and the Menehune ran off into the caves in mountains and only came out at night for food.

My mother was born and raised on Kauai with her 7 sisters and 1 brother.  Later on, one of my Auntie's married and moved to Waimea Kauai.  When my cousin and I were 10 and 11 our mom's would let us go to Kauai to visit my Aunt and Uncle for the summer.  She lived right on Menehune Road and at the end of the road was the "Menehune Ditch". The high chief of Waimea, "Ola" received aid from the Menehune to divert water from the Waimea River to their taro patches and supposedly made this ancient acqueduct overnight! 
Anyway, my cousin claimed she must be a Menehune as well because she was very short and tried to go in the passageway in the Menehune Ditch in the mountain......I ran away afraid that something might happen! (The opening is in the picture to the right)


The following subject on Tiki Gods is dedicated to Neal Bloom...who has only seen something about this on the Brady Bunch......Here ya go bud! 

                         The Tiki Gods

 Ku:  (God of War) Husband of Hina in Hawaiian mythology. Ku means standing upright. Hina means falling down. Maybe that meant they were a balanced couple? Ku worshipped with human sacrifice which was not the case with the other of these main tiki gods.

Lono: (God of Fertility and Peace) Lono decended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka and existed with the three other gods before the world was created. Lono is identified with rain and food plants and god of peace. I think they all balance each other out in one way or another.

Kane (God of light and life) and he created the sky, the earth and the upper heaven and he owned a seashell when placed on the ocean turned into a huge sailboat. Kane is identified with the sun in agricultural conditions. "Kan-e" means man and was the heavenly father of all men. The father of all living things and nature.

Kanaloa (God of the Sea) and symbolized by the squid and called upon to for the building of the canoe. Kanaloa was also called upon to to point out hidden springs. This god was considered the evil one opposing Kane (the good one) In this respect it is the wild and taming forces such as the popular Yin-Yang and supposedly this idea came from the European missionaires trying to show the Christian/Satan images.

Thanks for joining me once again for a little more insight into "About Hawaii"!

 

If you are interested in more "About Hawaii" stories please click on any of the following links:

 

Points of Interest and Entertainment in Hawaii - Part 1

Preservation of Hawaiian Culture, Land and History (localism.com featured)

Preservation AND Development for Ka'u, Hawaii?

Hawaiian "Ono" Entrees, Sides and a Luau?

Hawaii Photo Post and Virtual Tours!

HAWAIIAN Spirits and Superstitions    (localism.com featured)

What Makes a House a Home in Honolulu, Hawaii?     (localism.com featured)

Blogging about "VOG" in Hawaii

Visitor and Newcomer Safety Tips for Hawaii!

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Gee Sally,

Thanks so much for the mention and for embarassing me with the Brady Bunch :).Pretty funny.

I still would like to visit Hawaii and the acient burial grouds..but not the brady bunch, I can see that 100 times on TV. Thats pretty keen of you.

Jun 04, 2007 02:31 AM #27
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Sarah:  I hope I get to meet some of you all who have made an impact on my life and writing!  Come on down!

Mathew: You're funny...everyone seems to relate to the Brady Bunch...Neal said it first..haha.

Judy: Yes, I do!  It also gives some insight into our cultures here so when people come to visit or relocate they will know more.

Teri:  Thanks for dropping by!

Jun 04, 2007 03:53 AM #28
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Hey Neal! That was pretty funny, huh?  Hey, and it's featured in Localism so more out there huh? When you get here with TLW, BB and all those that are wanting to come you will get dinner!  Hey, a luau! Hope you're having a good time, Neal!
Jun 04, 2007 03:55 AM #29
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Very Cool!

I'm subscribing - I am fascinated with Hawaii and you've got some great content here. My sister is going to Oahu on Thursday. I'm very jealous but I'll go someday I'm sure.

Jun 04, 2007 04:25 AM #30
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Abraham:  Tell her to take plenty of pictures!  One day you'll get here as well...everyone does.  Then when you get here...call!
Jun 04, 2007 04:30 AM #31
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Ashley Drake Gephart
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Sally I don't have it on display! Actually I don't even have it anymore. I didn't think it was a good idea to bring it from one marriage to the next. mmmm Maybe I should have gotten a new one and had tons of little babies running around! Oh well....Can't wait to see the next installment in your virtual Hawaii tour!

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Sally - I so enjoy your posts.  This is such great information about island culture.
Jun 04, 2007 08:27 AM #33
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Ashley:  You're funny!  I wouldn't display that thing anyway...haha!  Too old to have any more kids so at this point it'd just make hubbie jealous  hahahahahaah!

Marlene:  I sure have been enjoying doing them as well!  Waiting for the time to pass to meet you!

Jun 04, 2007 10:05 AM #34
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I have been up to Pali Look out at night several times.  I haven't seen or heard anything, but I have many friends who will not go up there.
Jun 04, 2007 06:57 PM #35
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Yeah Yeah...go off the subject....hey I am going to the Grand Canyon tomorrow...didn't the Brady Bunch visit there too? Should I ask them for the TIKI?
Jun 05, 2007 03:28 AM #36
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Pali:  You brave guy you!  My brother went cruising up there back in the 70's and there were gunshots from another car...not ghosts....for real.

Neal:  Off subject is welcome if in good fun.  Dinner anyone? Take pictures!

Jun 05, 2007 03:57 AM #37
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I did actually blow three tires once on the hair pin curve back in the 80s.  I wonder if I had pork in the car.  That was before I knew of the legends. 
Jun 05, 2007 07:33 PM #38
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Randy:  You're pretty funny!  You see...you think it's only stories but when we think back to our own experiences it's a different story. Was it at night? 

Jun 06, 2007 04:32 AM #39
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Hi Sally! I'm sorry I missed this one. I love Menehune stories! I love the one thats told about the Pali Highway although I never tested it for myself.
Jun 09, 2007 02:03 AM #40
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Lysa:  No problem! We eventually get around to each other's sooner or later...kind of hard to keep up all the time. I am "reliving" some of this while writing and so interesting!
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Cheryl: Great place for a vacation! Thanks for your kind comments!
Jun 10, 2007 04:51 AM #42
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Great post Sally.  You've made the Week in Review!
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Michael: Thanks! I went over there! WooHoo!
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Sally You never cease to amaze me.  This is a very incredible blog!  So interesing!  I even emailed it to a few friends!  Thank you for taking the time to share. 

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Jim: Thanks!  I'm hope the people you emailed to will appreciate the "weird" stuff...haha!
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