Goddess of fertility and childbirth
|Offspring||Pele, Kāne Milohai, Kāmohoaliʻi, Nāmaka, Kapo, Hiʻiaka, Laumiha, Kahaʻula, Kahakauakoko, and Kauakahi|
She is the mother of Pele, Kāne Milohai, Kāmohoaliʻi, Nāmaka, Kapo, and Hiʻiaka, among many others. Except for Pele, who was born the normal way, her children were born from various parts of her body. From her head, for example, were born Laumiha, Kahaʻula, Kahakauakoko, and Kauakahi.
She was a powerful being, and gave birth to many creatures, some after turning herself into a young woman to marry her children and grandchildren. She was finally killed by Kaulu.
Some names attributed to Haumea's offspring are:
- children by Mulinaha:
- children by Kanaloa:
- Kiʻo (last born)
On 17 September 2008 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced it named the fifth known dwarf planet in the Solar System "Haumea" after the Hawaiian goddess. The planet's two moons were named after Haumea's daughters: Hiʻiaka, the goddess born from the mouth of Haumea, and Namaka, the water spirit born from Haumea's body.
- The Kumulipo: A Hawaiian Creation Chant
- IAU names fifth dwarf planet Haumea, International Astronomical Union, News release, September 17, 2008, Paris
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