Posted: Dec 12, 2010
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Pueo, the Hawaiian Owl, is said to be an amakua (animal spirit) that protects people, and is often seen traveling over the saddle road, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Story tells of a man named Kapoi, who went gathering supplies to fix his roof one day. On his way home he came across seven owl eggs, which he took home to eat. While preparing a fire to cook the eggs, Kapoi was confronted by the owl, who beseeched him to return the eggs. Although he first refused, Kapoi eventually returned the eggs to the Owl, who in turn masses together a great army of owls that saved Kapoi from certain death when he unknowingly broke kapu (sacred law). The owls were then acknowledged by the alii (chief) to be a very strong amakua, which is still believed to protect families today.