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In Hawaiian religion, Lua-o-Milu is the land of the dead, ruled by Milu. Entrance to Lua-o-Milu is from the top of a valley wall or sea cliff where the soul departs via a tree. It is reported that each Hawaiian island has at least one leaping place.[1] According to natives of the land, the entrance located in Waipio Valley has since been covered in sand and is now hidden from the sight of upper areas.[2] Another documented area where souls enter the next world is Leina Kauhane.[3] The spirits of the dead can watch what the living do and turn them to stone by staring at them.

See also[edit]

  • Nightmarchers, Hawaiian spirits of warriors that instantly kill anyone who sees them, unless they are the warrior's descendants.


  1. ^ Beckwith, Martha Warren (1976). Hawaiian Mythology. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 9780824805142.
  2. ^ Thrum, Thomas (1907). Hawaiian Folk Tales. A. C. McClurg. p. 12.
  3. ^ Smith, Robert (1980). Hiking Oahu, the Capital Isle. Wilderness Press. p. 108. ISBN 9780899970066.