Hina seems to be the oldest Hawaiian Goddess. Essentially, she represents Female Energy, and a variant of her name, hine, is used as a word ending to mean female or feminine (cf. wahine). In many stories she is closely associated with the moon, the ocean, and female activities like tapa making, as well as healing. She has many, many different aspects and epithets covering a wide range of human activities. The word hina means "to fall down," "gray," and "to blow in a straight course."