Kua, King of Kona’s shark spirits is an important Aumakua, an ancestral spirit. A gigantic red shark, Kua led a posse of sharks from Tahiti to their new home in Hawaiian waters. He had sex with a woman on the beach at Ka’u on the big island of Hawaii (believed to be where Polynesians first landed on Hawaii). She gave birth to twins: a boy shark and a human girl just like Daddy and Mommy. She placed her shark son in the water. To this day, many descendents of her daughter have rough patches of skin resembling shark skin on their lower legs. Those possessing that physical attribute, even if not of Hawaiian descent, may possess an affinity with shark spirits.


Aumakua; Ka’ahu Pahau; Kamohoali’i; Merrow


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.

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