dedicated years to researching the shamanic healing traditions used by
native Hawaiians before the rape of the Hawaiian islands by Western interests. I
studied with Papa Henry Auwae of Hilo, who was kahuna nui at that
time, with Miriam Baker, Mona Kahele,
Margaret Machado, John Kaimikaua and other wonderful people.
South Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
On Big Island Hawaii, in South Kona, are tropical fruit
and coffee farms, warm seas, beautiful bays ... and ancient sacred places.
The old villages of South Kona shelter many sacred Hawaiian sites.
Kealakekua Bay and the Hikiau heiau (temple), Pu'uhonua
o Honaunau and Ho'okena provide wonderful locations for healing
yourself. Further south is the Hawaiian village of Miloli'i and
the wild, windy expanse of South Point, ending in the old temple of
Ka Lae (and nearby Green Sand Beach).
An old magic - ho'omanamana,
awaiku and ho'oponopono
- seems to linger here and has not yet been
obliterated by modern America. Despite two centuries of American legal,
political and religious pressures, the elder Polynesian energies can still be
accessed and used. And although those energies exist to
serve ... we may soon lose them. We cannot use what we cannot imagine.
We have introduced many people to Hawaiian huna, teaching by demonstration and experience rather than by theory. The huna of
ho'omanamana, of kanaka and kumulipo, of
awaiku and I'o, of hakalau and la'au kahea can provide
Julius Rodman wrote in The Kahuna Sorcerers of
Hawaii, Past and Present (1979)
... outsiders made no effort to
distinguish an admittedly formidable mass of superstitious beliefs from
religious and medicinal systems so exalted and disciplined that they had
few parallels among the most advanced Western cultures.
Small wonder then that
the majority of Hawaiians still clung to their ancient beliefs in the powers
of the kahuna at the end of a century during which massive assaults against
their entire culture were launched by religious zealots who sought
to tranquilize them while greedy Anglo-Saxon traders gobbled up their land
and its resources.
Hawaiian mysticism was outlawed by missionaries
and their descendents until 1979. After the illegal American takeover
of Hawaii, the new haole (Western) owners of Hawaii
traditional Hawaiian knowledge as witchcraft, including hula dancing and
chanting. Hawaiian people caught using the old knowledge were punished - often
by forced labor, building roads for American fruit farmers.
Traditional Hawaiian knowledge nearly died out.
Hawaiian Law: 1820 & 1868
Hawaiian people were forbidden by the new ha'ole
landowners and lawmakers to practice their traditional culture from 1820 until 1979.
Healing using Polynesian
rituals or even being idle was subject to punishment, often to forced
labor building roads to connect the haole fruit and
sugar farms with the harbors.
|1820: Section 1034: Sorcery
- Penalty, Any person who shall attempt the cure of another by the practice
of sorcery, witchcraft, ananna (sic), hoopiopio,
hoounauna, or hoomanamana, or other superstitious or deceitful methods,
shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in a sum not less than one hundred
dollars or be imprisoned not to exceed six months at hard labor.'
"There is another section of the law concerning people who pose as a
kahuna, taking money under pretense of having magical power, or admitting he
is a kahuna. For this the fine goes up to a thousand dollars and a year in
prison." - Max Freedom Long, 1948
In 1868, Hawaiian laws were expanded to forbid
native entertainment. From this time, dancing hula or speaking
Hawaiian at school could be punished. Both the ancient Polynesian traditions and
the Hawaiian people themselves nearly died out and businesses imported huge
numbers of disease-resistant laborers from countries such as China,
Japan, Philippine Islands and Portugal.
1868: CHAPTER XXXVII.
SECTION 2. Gamesters.
jugglers, fortune tellers, sorcerers, etc—How punished.
or any person who practices hoomanamana or pretends to tell fortunes,
or where lost and stolen goods may be found:
Any person who practices anaana or pretends
to have the power of praying persons to death
And any other idle or
disorderly person may each of them be committed by order of any police
court or district justice to the, jail, fort or workhouse, at the
discretion of the court or magistrate, there to be detained, subject to
the rules and regulations of such place of imprisonment or detention,
for any period not exceeding six months:
It shall be competent for
any police court or district justice to cause any idle or disorderly
person to be detained for a period not exceeding two years.
Only in 1979, in a country boasting religious freedom,
did the federal government of the United States pass the Native American
Religious Freedoms Act. But for most native Americans it was too little too late.
Only 20% of native Hawaiians survived the onslaught of haole diseases
of the body, and fewer survived the diseases of the spirit. So much
was lost, and once this knowledge is gone, it can never return.
Only recently in Hawaii are people willing to even discuss the
old ways - but few are left who know the traditions. Many books on native Hawaiian
traditions and healing are by Western writers who promote Western psychology,
hypnosis and New Age concepts mixed with Hawaiian words. If you research the
older books written by native Hawaiians, you will find very different
and far more interesting stories.
There were several classes of priests, or kahunas, beside those who were
connected with the temples. They were seers, doctors and dealers in
enchantment. All physical illness was attributed either to the anger of the
gods, witchcraft, or the prayers of a malignant kahuna. The afflicted person
usually sent for a kahuna, whose first business was to discover the cause of
he malady through incantation. This ascertained, an effort was made to
counteract the spells or prayers whish were wearing away the life of the
patient, and sometimes with so great success that the affliction transferred
itself to the party whose malice had invoked it. Hawaii Legends:
Introduction by King Kalakaua 1888
Although Hawaiians were spared the deliberate genocide of
North American natives - Western diseases provided a similar result. After
the death of about 4 million native Hawaiians from Western diseases, American
businessmen imported disease-resistant Chinese, Japanese and Philippine laborers
to Hawaii to work on their fruit and sugar cane plantations. Aloha.
Through magical traditions such as ho'omanamana, the
Hawaiians believed that they could impart mana (power) into people and into
objects such as wood and stone - and they could take mana from places or objects that
were reservoirs of power. An important application of ho'omanamana was for
Ma 'ane'i kāua e noho ai a hiki i ka manawa e kani
hou mai ai ka pahu, a laila, komo aku kāua i loko o ka puka o mua. (He
hale ia e ho'omanamana ai i nā akua.) A hiki auane'i kāua ma ka puka o
ka mua, a laila, komo aku auane'i 'oe i loko, a pe'e a'e 'oe ma loko o
kū'ono o ka hale mua. Ma laila 'oe e noho ai a hiki i ka manawa e komo
ai ko kaikua'ana i loko o ka hale, a laila, nānā aku 'oe, a 'o ka mea
nāna e komo a'e a ho'okani i ka pahu, 'o ia nō 'o La'amaikahiki, a 'ike
aku 'oe, a laila, mai wikiwiki aku 'oe, kali aku 'oe a ka'i ka 'aha, 'o
ia ka manawa e kāhea aku ai.
There are shadow sides of ho'omanamana ...
such as death prayers (ana'ana), making wind bodies (kino makani) ...
causing spirit possession (akua noho), and using the poison gods (kalai-pahoa)
and familiar spirits (unihipili).
Strangely, the unihipili is central to the "Huna" created
by Max Freedom Long and other Western psychologists ... here is the original
Of all the familiar spirits which a
kahuna [sorcerer] summons to
execute his wishes, the most dreadful is an unihipili ... On the
death of the child or the near relative or intimate friend whose spirit
is to be devoted to this service, the body is not to be buried, but
must be secreted in the dwelling house of the kahu [keeper], who
will carefully remove the flesh, and in due time gather up the bones
and hair into a bundle ...
Let me here distinctly remark that the
rendered to the spirit is not an ascription of power already possessed
by the object worshipped, but an imparting to it of mana (power)
which but for this worship it would never have. In short, the god
does not make the kahuna, but the kahuna often makes his god.
Read before the Hawaiian Historical Society
in 1892, by JS EMERSON
Emerson's summary is very different to the
simplifications popularized as Huna by Max Freedom Long in the 1930's,
in which he refers to the unihipili as the subconscious mind.
(Long borrowed the notion of higher, middle and lower selves
from the Theosophical and New Thought teachings that were popular at
Ho'omanamana and You
You can learn ho'oponopono
and ho'omanamana during our trainings in
Hawaiian Spirituality. For your comfort and safety,
teach first ho'oponopono and kala, and only then ho'omanamana
and la'au kahea.
Perhaps read Huna, Healing and
Are you interested in ho'omanamana? Do you want to learn to:
- find and use natural elemental energies?
- learn and use la'au kahea
- access and use Awaiku
- empower objects for healing (la'au pohaku)?
- use symbolized energies (kahuna symbols)?
- open the door to Milu -
find and rescue dead relatives?
- advanced ho'oponopono:
exorcise people, things and places?
. Egyptian Healing
Huna Kalani .
Mentorship . Awaiku
E komo mai. Welcome.
We teach in many countries - usually on secluded beaches, forests or parks.
We can meet and work online - or in beautiful places.
Do you want to heal
We seek people who wish to bring back this ancient magic.
Through Huna Kalani I offer experiential introductions to Hawaiian mysticism and healing. Experience the beauty and power of Huna Kalani in a series of
workshops that can expand your perception of reality. Hawaiian magic
refers to a methodology that few understand. Within this old healing magic are some
of the roots of the systemic magic of Soulwork systemic coaching.
Training in Hawaiian Mysticism & Healing
Bringing Down the Sun: Ho'oponopono
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