Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes
Chapter: 69. What are ancestor spirits, and what role do they play in Hawaiian religious life?
Ancestral spirits termed ʻaumākua play a significant role in Hawaiian religious life, and speak to the Hawaiian belief that death can never truly separate the living from the dead. ʻAumākua are a category of akua (deities), some of whom may take the form or flora or fauna, or elemental phenomena.