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Much of what I teach in huna workshops is an integrated collage
of information from a number of my Hawaiian teachers ... combined
with studies of native Hawaiians since Captain Cook arrived and claimed
the islands for England.
I was delighted to meet Uncle John Kaimikaua in Kona,
on Big Island, Hawaii. Although Uncle John had vast knowledge on
traditional Hawaiian topics, he was most known as a hula kumu
(teacher of Hawaiian dance and chants). Yet I remember best his talks about the
sorcerers and sorcery of his home island of Molokai - where he described
in the old traditions by a mysterious kahuna lady - Kawahine Kawahele Ka Po
John Kaimikaua was a friend of Uncle George Naope and active in the Hawaiian Rights movement,
which seeks to redefine the annexation of Hawaii by American
businessmen in 1898. - a takeover illegally supported by the American military. Although US
president Jimmy Carter formally apologized to the Hawaiian people for this
atrocity - the occupation remains.
Uncle Sam is not a virgin and Hawaii is not a state of innocence.
La'au Kahea - Basic Basics
La'au kahea refers to Hawaiian
chants that appear to influence reality, especially those used in healing. John
Kaimikaua talked more about this on a later occasion and only mentioned the
risks and dangers of novices trying to use magical chants. Many older Hawaiians
believed that magic sent to influence someone can boomerang back if that person
has enough mana or pono (power or righteousness) to resist it.
Intelligent users of dark magic would quickly kala (purify) themselves
after using it.
Embedded in this is the idea that attempting to
heal someone without that person's request and permission is morally and
esoterically wrong. (Papa Henry Auwae had told me that inappropriate
healing may require that the healer teach the healed person
something that the person needed to learn through the symptoms ... but
inappropriate healing deprived that person of an important life-lesson. In other
words, the healer might show the symptoms and the consequences of the
In other words, huna healers always
congruent permission to use huna healing!
During our first meeting, Uncle John talked about the old
chants - particularly about chants of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess.
Another time I may talk story about Uncle John's knowledge of sorcery
... more about la'au kahea and ho'omanamana. For now,
I write of what he said about Hawaiian chants...
(2006: Sadly, Uncle John Kaimikaua died
on his home island of Molokai.
It is sad that none of my students ever met him.)
Hawaiian Spirituality .
Healing & Ohana .
In old Hawaii, information, myths and knowledge were
memorized and chanted, and passed from generation to generation. Chants
included local and genetic history, genealogies, and specialist information. For
example, a chant may record directions for trans-oceanic navigation.
An important creation chant is
Kumulipo. Many chants extol the beauty of
parts of Hawaii - and other chants contain knowledge and essential information.
Some chants, especially those honoring the gods and the chiefs, were kapu
and required perfect repetition. Mistakes were believed to offend the akua
(gods) or 'aumakua (spirits of dead ancestors). Punishments for mistakes
could be severe.
Some chants were curses. The goddess Uli was often worshiped
by sorcerers. Some curses began:
E Uli e!
E Uli nana pono
E Uli nana hewa
Uli, look upon the right
Uli, look upon the wrong
Kahuna John Kaimikaua - Verbatim
Uncle John Kaimikaua was a hula kumu who taught me
some of the old ways. I write the following from my notes of my first meeting
with Uncle John, arranged by my friend David Kawika Blaikie, himself
a huna alaka'i and huna kumu.
understand Huna – first understand the Hawaiian language. It is very fluid,
as it is mostly vowels. It is soft - musical and poetic. It was not written,
so spoken words are very important. You must choose your words wisely. A
kahuna could be sacrificed (executed) for making a mistake in an important chant.
They were very, very careful. There is an old Hawaiian saying:”
ka o lelo i ka maki"
In the words there is death
ka o lelo i ka ola"
In the words there is life
a sacred chant, pronunciation is very important – especially the
vowels. Consonants are always followed by vowels.
Hawaiian is a tonal language with only 12 letters, the 5 vowels
and H, K, L, M, N, P, W. (Sometimes
W may be pronounced V, K may be pronounced T and L may be pronounced R).
Every letter of every word should be pronounced.”
as in pack E.g.:
Laka - goddess of Hula
as in fete
E.g.: Pele - goddess
of the volcano
as in feet
E.g.: Hina - goddess - female companion to Ku
as in blow E.g.:
Lono - god of agriculture, many crafts and healing...
as in flu
E.g.: Ku -
god of emotions, war, agriculture...
can be fast or slow. Kane can be pronounced with slow 'A' to mean the
“male” god, and with a fast 'A' to mean a husband. When the missionaries
learned Hawaiian and created a written alphabet, they reformed the
Hawaiian language and reduced the number of sounds: 11 consonants became
seven. B became P; and G, T, D all became K.
“Long” L and R sounds were made into short L sounds. Perhaps the missionaries
had good intentions - but they could only record what they could hear. Many
Hawaiian words and sounds were forever changed in the missionary schools.”
"The Hawaiian language
is rich in puns and words with multiple meanings. Words were considered
to have mana (power), and most words
had many levels of meaning."
Ka Wai O Kane
Uncle John taught us the following chant,
with his translation and my comments.
ka wai o Kane
There is the water of Kane
(Wai means water, which also
implies mana or power)
Kau i ka lani nui
Placed in the great heavens
(Lani means heaven above, but might also
refer to rain or to coconut milk)
wai o ke ola
The water of life
(Water that sustains life may also refer to semen)
Ka wai kapu
The sacred water
(Water from a spring, not seawater nor from a stream; kapu
wai o Kane
The water of Kane
(Repeated for emphasis)
no ke akua
From the gods
(Akua also means “old ones” or "first ancestors")
e a ua noa
There - it is free
(This chant is free to go where directed.
May be repeated 3 times.)
(Remember the direction that you want the energy to go)
Uncle John added "The effectiveness of a chant
(or any ritual) is the degree of perfection
with which it was used, and the degree of
connectedness (to the god-energies or elements) during its use".
John suggested that before we chant Hawaiian chants,
we say aloud:
Kala'mai i au
(Forgive me if I am wrong,
my intention is pure)
Healing and Ohana .
Huna Kalani .
E komo mai. Welcome.
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