This is a picture of a Weke Ula, this is just one of many types of weke


The weke (pronounced Ve-Ke) is a fish that is commonly fished for in Hawaii. The word weke means goatfish. There are many types of goatfish in Hawai‘i and in the world. The weke is only one type of goatfish in Hawai‘i. There are hundreds of types of Weke or goatfish varying from the Hawaiian islands throughout the whole world. However there is a Mo‘olelo behind the weke. Mo‘olelo is the Hawaiian word for story or legend. The head of a Weke is said to contain something that creates nightmares. It is also is said that the closer to Läna‘i the fish is caught, the worser of effects. Pahulu was the chief of evil beings who peopled the island of Läna‘i. When Kaulula‘au, son of Kaka‘alane, ruler of Maui was a boy, he was banished to Läna‘i. He was banished to this island because of his mischief, by trickery he rid the island of evil beings, and the spirit of pahulu fled to the sea and entered a Weke fish. From then on nightmares were called Pahulu, and a person who had a nightmare was said to be influenced by Pahulu.

He Weke, Hei‘a Pahulu

Bible scripture
1. Genesis 1:26
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Genesis 1:25-27 (in Context) Genesis 1 (Whole Chapter)


∑ International Bible Society.20 December. 2006<http://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=fish&qs_version=31 >.