Paper: The Hawaiian People on the Beliefs

Not only do they have gods and goddesses, they also have "spirits" that are associated with things such as fire, water, dancing, fertility, and thunder. Along with the gods, goddesses, and the spirits, Hawaiians believe in mythical creatures called Menehune. The Menehune are known as the good fairies. They are supposedly cousins to the Irish leprechauns. The Menehune is a very short creature that looks much like a small Hawaiian child. No menehune is larger than two feet and some are even as small as six inches. They are credited with doing good deeds during the night such as digging fishponds and planting coconut trees. They enjoy such events as dancing, singing and also archery. They run around naked but their long hair keeps them warm when weather conditions are not favorable. Menhune sometimes would shoot an angry person with a magical arrow to make them feel love instead. (www.spiritsouthseas/Gods, Menhune) Over time beliefs in the nature gods began less familiar. This is mainly due to the many missionaries that visited the islands. Among these is Captain Cook who is known throughout Hawaii well. Gradually the Hawaiian people were exposed to a variety of religious beliefs and customs. More and More Hawaiians became interested in this exposure and many followed in the paths of different religions. Today the belief in the nature gods is almost non-existent however some traditional Hawaiian peoples follow in the footsteps of their ancestors. () Without beliefs, we sometimes become lost and confused about life. These beliefs keep us motivated throughout life and keep us wondering what the truth is. Had the Hawaiian people not been exposed to missionaries maybe the belief in these nature gods would still exist? Wondering about the origins and unanswerable questions in our minds can only be answered by beliefs. These are the beliefs the Hawaiian people had and some continue to believe in....