In Hawaiian mythology, Kapo is a goddess of fertility, sorcery and dark powers. Kapo is also known as Kapo-ʻula-kīnaʻu, where "the epithet ula-kinaʻu is used in allusion to the fact that her attire, red in color, is picked out with black spots. The name Kapo alone is the only by which she is usually known."[1] "Kapo is said to have been born of Papa (or Haumea) while she was living up Kalihi valley on Oahu with Wakea, her husband. Some say that she was born from the eyes of Papa. She is of high rank and able to assume many shapes at will."[2] She is the mother of Laka, although some versions have them as the same goddess. She is the sister of Kāne Milohaʻi, Kāmohoaliʻi, Pele, Nāmaka and Hiʻiaka.

Kapo also had a detachable vagina, which she once used as a decoy to aid her sister Pele to flee the overzealous Kamapuaʻa.

Kapo in myth


She saved Pele from being raped by Kama-pua'a by sending her flying vagina (kohe lele) as a lure. Kama followed this to Koko Crater, Oahu, where it left an imprint. Later Kapo hid it in Kalihi Valley.[3]

  • "When the Hawaiians dream of a woman without a vagina it is Kapo. ... unless a medium possessed by Kapo wears a ti leaf protection she is in danger of having this part of her body torn at."[4]
  • "Kapo, sister of the poison-tree gods of Maunaloa and proficient in the arts of herb medicine and sorcery, teaches Ke-ao-melemele on the dancing field near Waolani in Nu'uanu valley until she can dance in the skies and over the sea."[5]
  • "As Kapo’ulakina’u (Kapo-red-spotted) she was the Kapo invoked by kahuna when sending evil back upon someone."[6]

Kapo in geography

  • Kapolei, the Second City on Oahu, is named after Kapo, meaning "Beloved Kapo".
  • "Kohelepelepe (Volcanic crater; O'ahu.) is named after the human body part "Labia Minora". It is an imprint said to have been left here by the flying vulva and vagina of Kapo ...; this name was ... changed—perhaps in missionary days—to the current name Koko ... "Blood" ...)".[7]
  • "Koko Crater was Kohelepelepe. That's Hawaiian for 'fringed vulva'. The crater is the imprint of the vulva of Kapo... It was a flying vulva, and Kapo used it to lure the pig god here. It flew from here to Kalihi. ..."[8]


  1. ^ "Pele and Hiiaka; a myth from Hawaii". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ "Ulukau: Hawaiian mythology". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. ^ Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel Hoyt Elbert : Hawaiian Dictionary. University of Hawaiʻi Press, Honolulu, 1971. page 388a
  4. ^ Hawaiian Mythology. Martha Beckwith, Yale University Press, 1940. page 187
  5. ^ Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale University Press, 1940. page 522
  6. ^ Pu'u-o-kapo-lei Archived 2008-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Alan C. Ziegler : Hawaiian Natural History, Ecology and Evolution. University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2002. page 394
  8. ^ Lee Siegel : "Hawaii", page 106. In :- John Leonard (ed.) : These United States. Nation Books, 2004. pages 102-111