The Kahuna Religion of Hawaii (1980) includes a short tract by Daddy Bray
and some commentaries by Douglas Low. It was republished in 1990 by Borderland
Sciences Research Foundation (ISBN-13: 978-0945685050) and it is probably
out of print.
I found Daddy Bray's words and Douglas Low's
explanations fascinating ... they helped me piece together the diverse concepts
I gained from Hawaiian teachers and healers, such as George Naope, Papa
Henry Auwae, John Kaimikaua, Laura Kealoha Yardley and other of Daddy Bray's
My friend Barbara Moore (soul proprietor of
the Dragonfly Healing Ranch
in Honaunau) had studied with Daddy Bray's son Papa Bray - and she
taught me more of Daddy Bray's work. In the Kamuela Museum in Waimea,
another of Daddy Bray's students showed me some of Daddy Bray's Hawaiian ritual
items, although only Daddy Bray's feathered kahili were on public display.
THE MEANING OF KAHUNA by Daddy Kaonohiokala Bray
"Who is a kahuna?" I am asked. A question
that prevails even today. Very few modern people can answer it.
is a priest or priestess, a spiritual teacher. Kahunas act as human bridges
between the spiritual world and its laws and the material world with its
trials, sadness and problems.
was originally a word applied to such persons who were members of the learned
professions. Kahuna is a compound word from kahu,
meaning an honored or high servant who has or takes charge of persons
or property, and na, meaning calmness and quiet freedom from passions.
Kahuna also equals ka, standing for the, and huna,
meaning concealed knowledge or wisdom protected and defended like a treasure.
Huna is the mystery and key to something hidden. A kahuna is thus a
priest who has achieved calmness and dignity in character so that the gods
trust him to keep the secrets of nature protected while using wisdom in helping
Kahuna was an institution common to all Polynesians, similar
to your medical profession today. The kahuna in ancient Hawaii was an essential
part of the native life and social structure. The Hawaiians depended on him for
advice in matters important to their welfare.
A kahuna might be a judge, doctor or head of a church. In any
case he was the expert in his particular field. Kahunas had to be intelligent
and receive long training. They were the power behind the chief.
people of the present time have heard of the Kahuna Ana’ana (An-nah-ah-nah)
who prayed a person to death. Some kahunas gave in to the temptations of
jealousy and power. They had knowledge of the poisons, hypnosis and deeper
secrets of nature. This type of kahuna, fortunately, was only one among a large
class of trained people who served humanity for goodness and truth.
The REAL Aloha
be a kahuna, a person is taught all about the material things of life, the
negative part. He has to know what harmony and unity is within himself, God, and
humankind. He must live according to the secret meaning of Aloha:
A: ala, watchful alertness
lokahi, working with unity
O: oiaio, truthful honesty
H: ha'aha'a, humility
A: Aahonui, patient perseverance
the Hawaiian of old is God in us. It means, "Come forward, be in unity and
harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient,
kind to all forms of life, and humble."
Kahunas had to learn
these things. When they learned them, they found God. They beheld nature as God
created it. Beauty in nature is found in flowers, trees, and every living thing
on earth, sea, air and fire. Even the rocks and stones and earth have life,
according to this way. Kahunas saw beauty, but many of us create ugliness in our
hearts and call life sin. Sin is self made law, not God's law.
The kahunas learned
from the beginning to be fearless and overcome doubt. Fear causes emotional
confusion. Doubt causes emotional confusion. When the mind is confused we say
that matter controls mind. Broken homes, loss of friends, and ruin in business
result. Fear and doubt create false gods. The forces of darkness surround you
and come to dwell in you. Kahunas teach freedom from Satan, whom (Christian)
Hawaiians call Milu, by conquering fear and doubt.
This booklet tells my story of life as a kahuna. I am one of an old tradition. Many
of old were greater than I am. The world is seeking truth, and for this reason I
am telling these events.
May the Great Power bless you!
David Kaonohiokala Bray
In his book, The Kahuna Religion of Hawaii, Daddy Bray
includes a commentary by Douglas Low that I found very instructive and continue
to refer to and meditate on. The
following excerpt helped me understand the basis for what I later
called relationship bonds in my Soulwork systemic coaching.
33. Anatomically, the negative polarity is localized from
the stomach down through the sex and evacuation organs. This is called Ka Lua Ka
Inaina or Cave of the Beast. Besides biological processes, this center is
composed mostly of unreal love and attachment to the senses.
34. Emotional attachment of unreal love creates
negative emotions which attract illusory experiences and the lowest earthbound
intelligences. Some of these emotions are: (a) love or craving for the pleasures
of this earth; (b) the search for earthly wealth; (c) the search for self-gain
and glory; (d) greed; (e) selfishness; (f) envy; (g) lust for things that
satisfy the illusion of separation; (h) hate; (i) jealousy; (j) slavery to the
will of others; and (k) fear which makes a god of the unreal, which is the
strongest of the negative emotions.
35. Kahuna do not strive to suppress these emotions,
but to understand their sources, how they act, and why they are clung to. The
negative is refilled with the positive, but does not vanish. Instead, Kahuna are
able to feel negative emotions and release them, thus not being trapped by their
consequences. To do this requires meditation and advice from a trained expert.
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