Pele, goddess of the volcano. Menehune, the little people. Maui, who lassoed the sun to slow it down. Poli'ahu, snow goddess of Mauna Kea. And many more…
By far the most popular figure in Polynesian mythology was Maui, the trickster god and hero. Though small in stature, he displayed amazing strength and had various magical powers. The many tales about his adventures reveal a cunning and determined hero who performed many great and wondrous deeds, including creating the Pacific islands with a magical hook and providing humans with more hours of daylight by slowing the sun's passage across the sky.
Ka-moho-aliʻi is a Hawallian shark god, brother of Kāne Milohai, Pele, Kapo, Nāmaka and Hiʻiaka. He swam in the area around the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe. When a ship was lost at sea, Ka-moho-aliʻi shook his tail in front of the fleet and the kahuna would feed him "awa" (a name for kava, a narcotic drink), and Ka-moho-aliʻi would guide the men home. He is sometimes said to have guided the ships of the original inhabitants of Hawaii from the mainland to their island home in this way.
Pele is a Hawaiian goddess of fire, wind, volcanoes, and lightening. She dwells in the very active Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. One of her biggest enemies was her sister, Na-Maka-o-kaha’i, a water and sea goddess who would flood the pits of Pele’s crater-like homes, preventing her from living there. She is passionate, volatile, and capricious, and is known as “She Who Shapes the Sacred Land”.
Mokolii - Little Lizard. The lizard Mokoli'i was destroyed by the goddess Hina. Its tail became the islet, it's body the flat area near the old sugar mill. Alternatively, a hero, Kaulu, grabbed the teeth of Mokoli'i (an evil supernatural being who preyed on passersby and flew into the sky with him. Mokoli'i fell down and broke into pieces.