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Conservation status Unknown
Known locations Le-Wahi (formerly)
Spherus Magna[1]
Pronunciation Kee-wah[OGDi: Jun 13 2008, 04:01 PM]
Set number 10023

Kewa, or Goko-Kahu, are vulture-like Rahi.


The Kewa 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.

Kewa Bird Riding

When the Great Cataclysm brought about the creation of the island of Mata Nui, many Kewa migrated there and established themselves in Le-Wahi. In the wild, they shared their nests with their relative, the Taku. The Le-Matoran of Le-Koro found them easy to tame and often rode them as mounts in the Gukko Force. Tamed Kewa in Le-Koro lived in woven birdhouses. Le-Matoran could summon the birds using Flutes.[MNOG, Ch. 6]

Kewa Bird Riding also became a popular sport in Le-Koro. Riding on a Kewa, the player would attempt knock their opponents off of the Kewa that they are riding while attempting to stay on their own. Turaga Matau himself was a famed Kewa Rider.

When the wandering Av-Matoran Takua was tasked with the rescue of Turaga Matau, the Matoran discovered that the Turaga was trapped in a Kewa nest. Later, he made use of a Kewa bird he called with a Flute, who would transport him to various parts of Mata Nui.[QftT]

The Kewa later returned to the Matoran Universe after the Bohrok swarms destroyed Mata Nui.

After the Great Spirit Robot was critically damaged in the Battle of Bara Magna, many Kewa left the Matoran Universe and immigrated to Spherus Magna.[1]

Abilities and Traits

Kewa are smaller than their Kahu cousins, but larger than the aquatic Taku. Unlike the Taku, Kewa are scavengers.

Set Information

Concept art of a Kewa
The Kewa in the Mata Nui Online Game

The Kewa was released as part of the 10023 Bionicle Master Builder set. The orange, red, and gray Kewa used sixty-two of the set's 102 parts and featured a flapping action when a gear on its back was turned.


  • The Kewa's name was for many years not considered a part of the BIONICLE canon, having been replaced by the Gukko because of a conflict with The LEGO Group using Maori terms (Kewa and Goko-Kahu). It was later placed back into canon as a sub-species of Gukko.



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  1. 1.0 1.1 BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 11. May 2010 (archive)

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