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In Hawaiian religion, Kāmohoaliʻi is a shark god and a brother of Kāne Milohai, Pele, Kapo, Nāmaka, and Hiʻiaka.

Kāmohoaliʻi swam in the area around the islands of Maui and Kahoʻolawe. When a ship was lost at sea, Ka-moho-aliʻi shook his tail in front of the fleet and the kahuna would feed him awa, a narcotic drink, and Kāmohoaliʻi would guide the men home. He is sometimes said to have guided the ships of the original inhabitants of Hawaii from the mainland to their island home in this way.

Kāmohoaliʻi had the power to take on the form of any fish[1] and is believed to own multiple underwater caves beneath the ocean where he dwells.[2]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia Mythica: Kamohoalii by Hugh D. Mailly
  2. ^ Thrum, Thomas (1907). Hawaiian Folk Tales. A. C. McClurg. p. 86.