Hawaiian Spirit Animals2018-09-19T11:33:44+00:00

Hawaiian Spirit Animals

Animals play a role as spirit guides in the Hawaiian tradition and are part of a culture that honors the visible as well as the invisible. As you look at the list of spirit animals, you are invited to connect with your own relationship to each of them or any in particular that you’ve previously identified as a power animal.

Spirit animals and Hawaiian lore

Traditional Hawaiian way of life is characterized by its symbiosis with spiritual guidance that comes from every animated and inanimate entity – be it an animal, a rock, a tree, the sea, the moon, etc. Animal spirit guides are amongst the messengers providing guidance on the path and in everyday life.

The islands of Hawaii each carry a special energy and character that can be felt to anyone who’s able to attune to the spirit of the land and its inhabitants. The ability to perceive presence, whether it’s associated with physical reality as we usually feel it or with more ethereal, subtle realms, is part of the natural Hawaiian way of life. Spirit animals play a special role as the embodiment of both dimensions, where the physical meets the spiritual.

Hawaiian spirit animal list

Hawaii is often seen as a piece of paradise, rightfully so! The usual divide between humans and gods seems thinner here, as spiritual form pervades everyday life. We can tap into an harmonious relationship with spiritual guidance by looking at animals and the messages they carry.

  • Albatros – Moli: Finality
  • Bat – Pe’ape’a: Respect
  • Chicken – Moa: Magic
  • Dog – Ilio: Truth
  • Dolphin – Nai’a: Unconditional love
  • Eel – Puhi: Emotion
  • Hawk – ‘Io: Ascension
  • Hawaiian Crow – ‘Alala: Self-esteem
  • Hawaiian Goose – Nene: Initiative
  • Hawaiian Monk Seal – Hulu: Immortality
  • Honey Creaper – I’iwer: Magnificence
  • Jackfish – Ulua: Sacrifice
  • Kuzard and Gecko – Mo’o: Independence
  • Mullet – ‘Anae: Safety
  • Pig – Pua’a: Stubbornness
  • Owl – Pu’eo: Protection
  • Octopus – He’e: Reverence
  • Rat – ‘lole: Generosity
  • Sandpiper – ‘Ulili: Compassion
  • Shark – Mano: Strength
  • Surgeonfish – Kala: Forgiveness
  • Turtle – Honu: Sovereignty
  • Whale – Kohola: Wisdom

The symbolic and spiritual meaning of animals can vary from culture to culture. If you wish to learn more about a specific animal, visit the spirit animal meanings.

Hawaiian tradition and the relationship to spirit

The Hawaiian tradition is rooted in a deep respect for nature and the relationship with the land. Hawaiian mythology is still very much alive in modern times, even though a lot of knowledge and rituals have vanished with the assimilation to modern Western culture.

Nevertheless, the relationship with mythological gods and goddesses can be seen and felt in the ordinary life on the islands. Pele, the Goddess of the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is an example of a revered power throughout the whole archipelago.

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  1. Kate June 25, 2018 at 7:19 am - Reply

    How do I find my spirit animal?

    • Anonymous November 27, 2018 at 11:25 pm - Reply

      Your spirit animal will find who when you least expect it. You will know when you feel an emotional sensation coming to you when you encounter yourself with your spirit animal.

  2. Regina Redfern May 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Im interested in the seabird Iwa.

  3. Nicole Mafield April 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    This website has shown me that the Hawaiian culture is the most beautiful ways I have ever read about and I am going to try to embrace alot about your culture because I believe that if I do my life will be what me and my children need it to be

  4. Jhayden March 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    can you tell me more about spirit animals im doing a project on it?

  5. qbhawk'eo January 15, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    It’s every where when you concentrate on the beauty of nature on this island. The clouds, the ocean, the forest and the people.

    Give blessings and you shall receive.

  6. Anonymous January 5, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

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  7. Linda Masing May 15, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    The sea tortuous has always been really big in my husbands Family.
    I have the totem in all places of our home cars, My Husband is so Drawn to it.
    what are the attributes, what is the meaning.

    • MauiNoKaOi December 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Honu is righteousness and sovereignty – green sea turtles as mainlanders call them look up honu and their meanings if you want to know more I believe righteous brothers have many honu encounters and a stronger relationship with honu though this is a perception of my own – I hope that helps

  8. neela February 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

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  11. Rob Anarchy June 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Thanx for the info I enjoy learning how these spiritual people connect to the ecological environment.

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