The word commonly used as Tiki in New Zealand and Polynesian nations is actually Ki'i in Hawaiian, though most people use the word Tiki.
Hawaii is rich with traditions and legends about gods and demi-gods like Maui. Tikis are carved wooden sculptures often representing gods. They are typically vertical and tall with menacing figure. They can also be made of stone though the popular ones are made of local wood.
There are four main Tiki gods:
Kane (god of life & light)|Ku (god of war)|Kanaloa (god of the sea)|Lono (god of peace & fertility)
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