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A depiction of a royal heiau (Hawaiian temple) at Kealakekua Bay, c. 1816

Hawaiian religion encompasses the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of the Native Hawaiians. It is polytheistic and animistic, with a belief in many deities and spirits, including the belief that spirits are found in non-human beings and objects such as animals, the waves, and the sky.

Hawaiian religion originated among the Tahitians and other Pacific islanders who landed in [[Hawaii|Hawai]] between 500 and 1300 AD.<ref name="Routledge">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Today, Hawaiian religious practices are protected by the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Traditional Hawaiian religion is unrelated to the modern New Age practice known as "Huna."<ref name=Rothstein>Rothstein, Mikael, in Lewis, James R. and Daren Kemp. Handbook of New Age. Brill Academic Publishers, 2007 ISBN 978-90-04-15355-4</ref><ref name=Chai>Chai, Makana Risser. "Huna, Max Freedom Long, and the Idealization of William Brigham," The Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 45 (2011) pp. 101-121</ref>

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