Following the extraordinary response to my two articles on Hawaiian gods and goddesses I decided to start periodic entries on some of their other deities. For my first article on Hawaiian mythology click here: https://glitternight.com/2011/02/20/the-top-eleven-deities-in-hawaiian-mythology/
And for the second article click here: https://glitternight.com/2011/03/02/eleven-more-deities-from-hawaiian-mythology-2/
KUMUHEA – The Hawaiian god of caterpillars and a son of the god of war, Ku. He married a mortal woman but would only spend nights with her because during the day he transformed into a human-sized caterpillar.
Curious about her husband’s disappearance at dawn every day his wife secretly followed him one day and witnessed his transformation. Horrified, she screamed, and when Kumuhea realized his wife knew his secret he was furious. In his anger he took to devouring leaves on all the trees in the jungles and forests.
Alarmed at Kumuhea’s rampage the people prayed to Kane, the god of the forests and jungles and all other wild plant life. Kane responded by coming down from the heavens and slaying Kumuhea, then slicing his remains into thousands of smaller caterpillars, spreading them throughout the world so that, thus scattered, the damage they caused would be dissipated.