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Turaga Matau, Mata Nui Online Game

Conservation status Unknown
Known locations Le-Wahi (formerly)
Spherus Magna[1]
Pronunciation Kee-wah[2]
Set 10023 BIONICLE Master Builder Set (instructions)

Kewa, or Goko-Kahu, are vulture-like[3] Rahi.


The Kewa species, a sub-species of the Gukko,[4] was created by the Makuta using Viruses and Liquid Protodermis to be one of the Rahi to inhabit the Matoran Universe.[5]

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.[6] The Le-Matoran of Le-Koro found them easy to tame, and they could summon the trained birds by using Flutes.[3] Tamed Kewa in Le-Koro lived in woven birdhouses and were often ridden as mounts in the Gukko Bird Force.[7]

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.[6] Turaga Matau himself was a famed Kewa Rider.[7]

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.[6] Later, he made use of a Kewa bird he called with a Flute, who would transport him to various parts of Mata Nui.[7]

When the Bohrok swarms were prematurely awakened, the high jungle canopy territories of the wild Kewa were invaded by displaced Fikou.[8]

The Kewa later returned to the Matoran Universe after the Bohrok swarms destroyed Mata Nui.[9]

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.[3] Kewa are known to carry objects as heavy as small boulders.[6]

Set Information

Concept art of a Kewa

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  • The Kewa's name was for many years not considered a part of the BIONICLE canon, having been replaced by the Gukko because of a legal conflict with The LEGO Group using Māori words (Kewa and Goko-Kahu).[10] For example, the Gukko that appears in BIONICLE: Mask of Light was originally identified as a Kewa in the film's script.[11] It was later placed back into canon as a sub-species of Gukko.[4]
  • Although described the Kewa as a vulture, Quest for the Toa refers to the Kewa as an eagle.
  • In promotional art and the Kewa's instruction manual, the Rahi is portrayed facing backwards.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 11964. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  2. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 3788. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Le-Koro. Creatures. (archived 06 April 2003 on Wayback Machine.)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 42. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  5. "The Makuta." Makuta's Guide to the Universe, p. 63.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 BIONICLE: Quest for the Toa.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Chapter 6: Le-Koro • Battle in the Skies • Lewa & Onua." Mata Nui Online Game.
  8. "Island Wildlife on the Move." Wall of History.
  9. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 1357. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  10. "Official Greg Discussion", post 3778. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  11. "Official Greg Discussion", post 497. BZPower Forums. (archived on