Our Conference Logo

Pa-pohaku

The logo for the ʻAha Kāne conference is a pōhaku o Kāne, a stone shrine that symbolizes the multifaceted characteristics of the male god in traditional Hawaiian society. Of the four major gods, Kāne is most important and reigns supreme because of his broad dominion from within man to the limits of the horizon, from the highest heights to the deepest depths, from uka to kai. His presence permeates every facet of life as he oversees harmony between man and the environment. Kāne interacts with the other gods Kū, Lono, and Kanaloa and wields his power for the productive growth and balance of Hawaiian society. The kuleana of Kāne is found in the heavens, striving for spiritual and cosmic enlightenment as the moral conscience of human behavior and relationships. As the ancestor of chiefs and commoners, Kāne is of the Uli line. He has over 70 kino lau, physical representations of a deity. He is the god of artistic inspiration, procreation, light, fresh water, kalo farming, ʻawa, canoe building, and agriculture. While the other three primary Hawaiian gods rise and lie dormant at different times throughout the year, Kāne is present year round.

ʻAha Kāne wishes to express our mahalo and sincere appreciation to Richard Kupihea Romero for his diligent work in providing a logo. A native of Kekaha, Kaua‘i, Mr. Romero received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


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