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/
PAKA’A – The Hawaiian wind god who aided his brother (or father in some versions) the storm god Apuhau when that god waged war on his sibling deities after the god Kane separated the Earth goddess Papa and the sky god Rangi (also called Wakea).
Paka’a held all the winds in a large calabash that he always carried with him and was credited with inventing the sail for humans so he could transport them more quickly by sea.
In the myth of the hero Moikeha the wind god posed as an elderly navigator named La’a Maomao who joined Moikeha’s crew. Moikeha was one of the competitors in a sailing race to win the hand of Princess Ho’o’ipo, daughter of Puna, king of the island of Kauai.
The disguised Paka’a becalmed all of the other ships at a crucial moment and applied all the force of the winds to the sails of Moikeha’s ship, ensuring that the hero finished the race a whole day ahead of the next closest competitor.