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"Quicksoaring Kahu-riders treelaunch, and great battles fought!"
Tamaru, Mata Nui Online Game
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Conservation status Unknown
Known locations Le-Wahi (formerly)
Spherus Magna
Pronunciation Kah-hoo[OGDi: Jun 13 2008, 09:29 AM]
Set number 8548 (Alternate)

Kahu are hawk-like Rahi.


The Kahu species, a sub-species of the Gukko, was created by the Makuta using Viruses and Liquid Protodermis to be one of the Rahi to inhabit the Matoran Universe.

When the Great Cataclysm brought about the creation of the island of Mata Nui, many Kahu migrated there and established themselves in Le-Wahi. The Le-Matoran Gukko Force utilized Kahu as flying steeds in their fights against infected Rahi of Le-Wahi. Some Kahu had Disk Launchers mounted on their backs for combat purposes. Le-Matoran could summon the bird using Flutes. Kahu were launched by a Matoran with signal flags.[MNOG, Ch. 6]

Kopaka riding a Kahu

1,000 years later, the Kahu migrated back to the Matoran Universe when the Bohrok swarms were awakened to cleanse the island.

After the Great Spirit Robot was critically damaged in the Battle of Bara Magna, many Kahu emigrated from the Matoran Universe to Spherus Magna.

Kongu's Kahu

A Kahu bird was tamed by Kongu on Mata Nui. He mounted a disk launcher on the bird, and rode it several times in the Great War. When the Nui-Rama swarm attacked, Kongu asked Takua to be his second on the Kahu. The Kahu was later injured by an infected Lewa.[MNOG, Ch. 6] The Kahu soon recovered and assisted Kongu in the Battle for Kini-Nui.[MNOG, Ch. 9]

Abilities and Traits

A Kahu's wings light up with energy during flight.

Set Information

A Kahu in set form

The Kahu model can be built out of the two Nui-Jaga in the 8548 Nui-Jaga set released in 2001. The instructions for this combination could be found in the purple Nui-Jaga instruction booklets. Its lower body featured a trigger that allowed the Kahu's mouth to open and close.


"Traveler, will you be my second? My Kahu stays treebound without a Disc-thrower!"
Kongu, Mata Nui Online Game


  • The Kahu was, for a long time, not considered to be a part of the official BIONICLE canon, having been completely replaced by the Gukko bird because of a conflict of The LEGO Group using Maori terms (Kahu being a Maori term). It has since been reapproved by Greg Farshtey as a canon creature but a subspecies of the regular Gukko, along with the Kewa.
  • In Matoran, the word "kahu" means "hawk."[OGDi: Apr 1 2010, 11:04 AM]


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