Hina: The Goddess

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Hina on the moon

Goddess of the Moon

Hina is best known as goddess of the moon, or woman who worked in the moon. Her work was making the soft white kapa cloth which she did with unrivaled skill.

Hina goddess of the moon is perhaps the most widely known deity among the various island groups of the Pacific. There is even some speculation that Hina might derive her name from "Sin" moon god of ancient Assyria.

Hina did not always live in the moon. She once lived on earth but grew weary of her family and an overbearing husband. She fled up the rainbow to the sun but found it too hot there. Next she tried the moon and settled there in her legendary home.

Her very name, Hina, means white or silvery-gray in Hawaiian and suggests the color of pale moonlight.

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