Haumea is regarded as the mother of the Hawaiian people. She is said to be the first who walked the sacred Hawaiian Islands giving birth to many children, including Pele, the famous Hawaiian Volcano Goddess.
Haumea is the Hawaiian Earth Goddess of fertility and birth. She is a calm, gentle, loving, and nurturing Goddess. She enhances our awareness that humans originated from the earth and are inseparably connected to her. Haumea is the bringer of fruition and sustenance. She provides unlimited abundance.
The 'Ulu (breadfruit tree) was sacred to Haumea. She would embody herself at will into an 'Ulu tree which provided a never ending abundance of breadfruit for the Hawaiian people.
As the Goddess of birth and fertility, Haumea became the Hawaiian people’s divine midwife. She would appear at birth to offer comfort and natural home remedies, ensuring an easy painless labor for the mother.
One of the Hawaiian legends tells the story of Muleiula who is having a difficult birth.
As the women prepare for a caesarian, Haumea appears and says:” In our land babies are born naturally. Give the mother the Kani ka wi blossom of the Ka lau o ke kahuli tree.” After the girl ate some of the blossom her child was born easily and naturally.