Kui (Māori mythology)

Kui was a chthonic demigoddess and the wife of Tuputupuwhenua in Māori mythology. They supposedly live underground and when a new house is built, a tuft of grass is offered to them.

Kui is also the name of the father of Vahi-vero and the grandfather of Rata in the Tuamotu islands.


  • Craig, R.D. (1989). Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology. New York: Greenwood Press. p. 123.