Nuakea (deity)

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For a Hawaiian noblewoman, see Nuakea, and for her daughter, see Kapau-a-Nuakea.

In Hawaiian mythology, Nuakea is a beneficent goddess of milk and lactation.[1]

This name was also a title for a wet nurse of royal prince, according to David Malo.[2]

Nuakea was appealed to staunch the flow of milk in the mother's breasts.


There was a chiefess named after the goddess, Nuakea, wife of Keoloewa, ruling chief of island of Molokai.

Martha Warren Beckwith suggested that this princess was later deified and turned into a goddess.[3]

According to the myth, Nuʻakea was a goddess who came to Earth and married mortal chief Keoloewaakamauaua, but it is known that historical Nuʻakea was born on Oahu island.


  1. ^ Native planters in old Hawaii: their life, lore, and environment by Edward Smith Craighill Handy, Elizabeth Green Handy, Mary Kawena Pukui.
  2. ^ Hawaiian antiquities (Moolelo Hawaii) by David Malo
  3. ^ Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Warren Beckwith. See this page.