Red Eel Woman



Powerful and unpredictable, Kapo has dominion over fertility, childbirth, miscarriage, abortion and death. She is a spirit of witchcraft, and prophesy, famed for being able to reverse any curse or malevolent spell. Kapo is admired and respected but also feared. She is among the preeminent spirits of hula dancing, which originally derives from sacred ritual. Some legends credit her with the invention of hula although others suggest that the primary sacred matron of hula is Laka, Hawaiian Spirit of Beauty.

The exact relationship between Kapo and Laka is unclear. They may be sisters or Kapo may be Laka’s mother but the most widely accepted theory is that they are aspects of one being, two sides of one coin with Laka as the consistently benevolent life affirming aspect and Kapo as the volatile, shadow side.

Kapo’s mother is the lunar spirit Haumea; her more famous younger sister and sometime traveling companion is volcano spirit, Pelé. Kapo was born in Tahiti but was already in Hawaii when Pelé arrived. Upon her own arrival, Kapo is rumored to have established a hula school on each Hawaiian island.

Invoke Kapo to help further and inspire your magical skill and power. Kapo possesses the power to break any hex or curse. She can help control your fertility, as you desire; encouraging conception or protecting from pregnancy.


Sorcerers; shamans; magical practitioners; hula dancers; midwives and abortionists


Like the other Hawaiian deities, Kapo manifests in any form she chooses, human, animal, botanical or mineral. She can be stormy and fearsome or alluringly beautiful. In addition to beauty, Kapo possesses a magical detachable flying vagina that she flings and retrieves at will.

Sacred plant: Pandanus (hala)

Creature: Eel


Kapo was widely adored throughout Hawaii, especially in Molokai, once renowned for its powerful sorcerers. The imprint of her flying vagina is still seen on the eastern side of the hill Kohelepelepe (literally detached vagina) at Koko Head, Oahu.


Haumea; Laka; Pelé


Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.