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The Pacific Ocean has long been home to a great seafaring race.
Moving eastward from Indonesia, people now called Polynesians discovered
and colonized islands scattered across a huge ocean. They brought their language,
customs and gods to live in harmony between land and sea.
I studied with many native Hawaiian kahuna and
kupuna ... I thank Papa Henry, George Naope, Miriam Baker, Margaret Machado, Mona
Kahele, John Kaimikaua and Daddy Bray for their incredible knowledge and wisdom
that I and my friends integrated into a cohesive whole
The hidden lore of old Hawaii,
sustained the Hawaiians of old for centuries.
passionate explorers, Hawaiians were deeply conservative, carefully duplicating
all they had been taught. Traditions were important. As the akua (gods)
and aumakua (ancestral spirits) had inspired
their traditions, a person wishing to become a kahuna expert had to be trained
and initiated into rituals connecting them with their ancestors.
In a culture without written language, the living repositories
of specialized information were the keepers of wisdom, the kahuna
(kahu = keeper, na = wisdom). They were the experts. Poorly
remembered knowledge was worse than useless. It was not only ineffective and
perhaps dangerous, but could insult the gods and the ancestors, who were
believed to punish people and 'ohana (communities) that did not show
appropriate respect. Keepers of wisdom were carefully chosen.
Many people abuse the word kahuna. Some people
claim this title after reading some books or a holiday on Hawaii.
Other people associate the word kahuna with dark magic (such as the
ana'ana death chant). Even on Hawaii, feelings about kahuna
and the old traditions are mixed.
In older days, although there were kahuna families, the
gods selected kahuna students. Kahuna training followed omens and signals from
the aumakua, akua and
Omens might indicate that a new-born baby or a young child should one day
be trained. (An omen did not guarantee that a person would complete
kahuna training, but showed that at least one god approved.)
A student was expected to have a natural aptitude, a
good memory and to learn quickly. Potential students were questioned and
thoroughly tested. There were no books and no notes could be taken. Instructions
were given twice - with a maximum of three repetitions. If this were not enough,
Pau! (Stop!) - a student could be dismissed.
Little time was wasted on the incompetent or slow.
After dedication to the appropriate gods, apprenticeship
was strict. Each student would be given personal rules, kapu (taboo),
including special prayers and rituals. Students may be required to not cut
their hair; to be celibate; to avoid contact with anything unclean, to have
food restrictions or special tattoos.
For students of healing, one way to study the body was with
ili'ili - 480 black, white and red pebbles which could be placed in
the form of a human figure, with each pebble representing part of the body.
A student, blindfolded, was required to identify each stone by texture and
weight. Medical students also studied the healing properties and appropriate
rituals of all plants - land and sea.
After about four years, a student was again dedicated to
healing gods. Their training became more demanding - with extra kapu
restrictions. Kahuna training was only complete when the gods gave a signal
that the student was ready. A graduation ceremony would be held, and students
would be asked to construct something to represent their spirits in a healing
Heiau (temple) - something that would please Lono, the great
god of healers.
Students of la'au lapa'au (healing with plants) and
la'au kahea (healing with chants) would often carve a piece of choice
kukui (candlenut) wood, and wear kukui nuts. These objects would become
kapu and be kept safe. Awa (mild narcotic) and a
pua'a ele'ele (black pig) was prepared for a special feast.
During the consecration rituals, the kahuna kumu
(expert teacher) would demonstrate his mana. A sick person might be "prayed
to life" or an enemy "prayed to death" using la'au kahea.
Finally the teacher would spit into the student's mouth, symbolizing the passing
of mana and the end of apprenticeship. The teacher would help the student
become established, until he or she was accepted by the 'ohana community
and by other kahuna. Training with other kahuna was usually encouraged.
Many kahuna were priests as well as specialists, mediating
between the gods, ancestral spirits and the people of the 'ohana.
Everybody in a community would need a healing kahuna eventually.
Accidents happen, disputes between warriors occurred and infections
could pass through a village. Worse, an offended god or a spirit (akua),
should one break a kapu, could cause disease. An effective kahuna
brought status to the community.
Kahuna & 'Ohana
A kahuna was an important part of a community and should
serve both ordinary people and chief families with humility and respect. A
kahuna was intimately involved with all families of the 'ohana and knew
all the details of village life - public and private. They maintained balance.
A kahuna could often recognize and dissolve potential problems
before they occurred. If a disease did not respond to la'au lapa'au
(herbal remedies), lomilomi (massage) or la'au kahea (healing chants),
then that disease was considered to represent an imbalance in the community.
Ho'oponopono (family healing) or ho'opi'opi'o (counter-sorcery)
might be required. Sometimes, a kahuna ana'ana might be summoned, to
counteract some of the darkest magic - ana'ana or death prayers.
Much of a kahuna's mana (power) was in the po -
the spirit world.
Each kahuna developed connections with esoteric energies. A kahuna was
responsible for finding and storing mana (using ho'omana and
ho'omanamana) and the consequences of using it. Good
intentions were not enough.
Failing to heal disease might bring suspicion. Had the
kahuna broken a kapu? Had the kahuna offended a kahuna nui
(senior kahuna)? Had the kahuna shown disrespect to a kumu (teacher)? Not
unlike priests, kahuna were expected to be role models for the 'ohana
Types of Kahuna
Kahuna were experts - whether in building canoes, predicting
weather or healing disease. Their homes were often temples, perhaps to
Lono or to Uli. Tales of competition and battles between rival
kahuna seem to have been common ... see Kahuna Sorcerers of Hawaii
by Julius Rodman.
Some Kahuna Specialties
- Ana'ana - cause death by chanting; capturing human
- Ho'opiopio - sorcery - cause or prevent death or
- Ho'okomkomo - causing sickness and ill-health
- Ho'onohonoho - causing possession by entities
- Ho'oponopono - healing relationships & communities
- Ho'ounauna - controlling enslaved entities; necromancy
- Kilokilo - divination; predicting future events
- Kahea - changing reality by chanting (la'au kahea)
- La'au lapa'au - healing with herbs, plants and chants
- Poi-uhane - trapping and controlling human spirits
A kahuna could lose mana. Mana might be withheld by the gods
as a test or as a punishment; or a more powerful kahuna could steal it. Perhaps
worse was losing the trust of one's 'ohana - by stealing, bragging, making
false claims or failing to heal diseases that are known to be curable.
Payment was commensurate with ability. In a society without
money, the normal payment was food or labor. An effective kahuna could expect
to receive regular supplies of fruit, eggs, fish and taro; and pigs for
curing major problems. Kapa cloth and hand crafted household utensils
were also given.
Serge Kahili King (center)
Nenad Maljkovic (left)
Martyn Carruthers (right)
King is a well known author of books on Hawaiian huna & shamanism.
Each kahuna was expected to train replacements. No matter
how excellent a kahuna, the continuity of community required that a kahuna be
a teacher. This cycle continued until the overthrow of the Hawaii aloha
culture by ha'ole (white foreigners) who called kahuna training
witchcraft, and made it illegal - see
I use huna kalani to help people experience
an ancient Hawaiian magic. With the guidance of my Hawaiian
kupuna (elders) and the blessing of awaiku,
I teach Huna Kalani on Hawaii and kahiki ... elsewhere in the world.
Would you like us to bring Huna Kalani to your area?
Are you ready to contact us?
. Awaiku . Huna,
Healing and Ohana . Kumulipo .
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.
We bring this
wisdom to the world under the name of Huna Kalani.
Do you want to heal
your life? We seek people who wish to learn this ancient magic.
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