Ku was the god of war and prosperity. Human sacrifices were made to Ku, unlike any other god. He is known as the god of war. Kū-ka-ili-moku was the guardian of Kamehameha I who created statues of him at Holualoa Bay and his residence at Kamakahonu. "He was called the god Kukailimoku, meaning “snatcher of the islands”. Kamehameha is the reason why he is called that, since he prayed to Kukaillimoku before he set out to conquer each island.