The rainbow is the celestial path that the Hawaiian Gods use to come down to earth from the cloud islands. The Rainbow Goddess, Anuenue, who is sister to the primal gods Kane and Kanaloa, acts as a messenger of the Gods.
Lono, the God of Fertility and Music, descended on a rainbow to marry Laka, the Hawaiian Goddess of Music and Dance.
The rainbow is also perceived as the pathway that souls take to travel to the heavenly realms. The souls walk on the rainbow path to pass through Kuaihelani, a mysterious floating island, which translates to supporting the heavens or spiritual to reach the sacred land of Nuumealani, the bright, elevated and fragrant land of the heavenly one.
The rainbow is thus a symbol of transformation, and those who may freely travel between the upper world and the lower reaches live like gods among humans, enjoying earthly prosperity and abundance.
Featured as a pathway between dimensions in Hawaiian mythology as it does in various cultures round the wor...