In ancient Hawaii the kahuna were far more
than the priests of a religious order. They were experts, trained in a
variety of skills and occupations, the learned and professional men and
women of their time. On them rested the responsibility of preserving and
advancing knowledge within their specific discipline. They arrived at
their positions only after more than two decades of training.
L. R. Mcbride collected information about the kahuna for many years through
extensive research in 19th century writings and interviews with Hawaiian
people. In this fascinating account he gives an accurate and unsensational
account of what the kahuna really meant in the Hawaiian culture of long
ago. McBride includes fascinating legends and stories concerning individual
kahuna. Illusrated with reproductions of historic prints, photographs
and drawings by the author and others, The Kahuna presents a readable
introduction to a fascinating aspect of ancient Hawaiian culture.
Veary was a true Hawaiian treasure. She was the very embodiment
of the Spirit of Aloha. She was born in 1908 and reared by her Hawaiian
elders in an environment where language, fishing, healing, building, and
all aspects of life were firmly rooted in nature. In an age of disconnectedness
and alienation, Nana was a living reminder of the wisdom and power available
to those who live in harmony with creation. If you want to learn
about Hawaiian spirituality from the source -- here it is! I highly
recommend this book. It might change your outlook on life.
is a reprint of Bulletin #34 of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. It's
a very scholarly work by a world-renowned expert on Polynesia.
It's a little hard to read, but it's an excellent, comprehensive text
on Polynesian religion (and the only one that I've found).
is about the best book that I've found about Huna. Laura Yardley
is part Hawaiian, and she has worked with David Bray, Jr., the son of
one of Hawaii's most well-known publicly practicing Kahunas. (Kahuna means
"keeper of the secret." There were many kinds of Kahunas - there
were not just religious Kahunas. There were Kahunas of canoe building,
medicine, divination, fishing, etc.) Her book is relatively unique
because she has divided it into three sections. The first section
focuses on the explanation of Huna principles as developed by Max Freedom
Long in the 1930's. His focus was on Huna as a scientific discipline
grounded in psychological principals that had not yet been discovered
by Western scientists. This view is, of course, not the way that
the Hawaiian culture traditionally views this information, but it was
formulated before "new age" kinds of understanding of Eastern
spiritual practices became mainstream. It was understandable by
the "Western" mind.
second part of the book discusses Huna concepts from the perspective of
a Hawaiian Kahuna, David Bray. This section is much more esoteric
from a Western viewpoint, but it definitely demonstrates the Hawaiian
world-view and how it can differ from that of Western society (i.e. -
ours). In the third part, Laura integrates the first two
sections and provides some comparisons with other spiritual systems.
This is a small book, but it's very well written and is an excellent introduction
to Hawaiian concepts of spirituality.
far as I can tell, this is one of the few books actually written by someone
who was the son of a practicing Kahuna who was himself an initiated priest
of the "old ways.". This fine little book is split into
2 very different parts, both of which actually written by David
Bray and then edited by Douglas Low (a published author). The first
part is a sweeping overview of the history of Hawaii from the a spiritual
perspective. It covers a lot of material that will sound familiar
to anyone who has studied "huna," but there's a lot of new material
from a definitely Hawaiian perspective. The second half of the book
is spiritual all of the way. The subtitle of the second half is
"The Foundation of Heaven; Principles of the Hawaiian Religion. Ho`omanamana,
how to make reality of Divine Power." Whew !! Some of
it is fairly esoteric and a little difficult to understand, but you know
what - it feels like the "real thing." Bray talks about
the spiritual rules of the Universe, divine energy, guardian spirits,
the laws of polarity, the four creations, the structure of the complete
person, the healing arts, etc. If you are serious about Huna, you
need to read this one, several times! It's also a good companion
to the one above.
book is a good general introduction to some of the concepts of Hawaiian
spirituality. Mr. King discusses the history of the Hawaiian Islands
from several unique perspectives, explaining how various religious orders
of the Hawaiian priesthood (kahunas) developed. He then discusses
the major deities, spiritual concepts and beliefs of the Hawaiians, psychic
practices, levels of awareness, psychic powers, etc. He explains
Max Freedom Long's concepts of the interconnected levels of consciousness,
the 3 selves, aka cords, the 3 "bodies" complexes, etc.
and then discusses Hawaiian healing methods. The book is written
from a fairly "western" viewpoint, and does a good job of introducing
the "western" mind to decidedly non-western concepts.
This is a "what is it" kind of book. One of his other
books (see below) is more of a "how to" text. These two
books are good starting points for studying "huna," but it's
important to realize that most of the Hawaiian community recognizes them
as not being particularly accurate.
is the "how to" book that followed the one above. Mr.
King discusses the rediscovery of Huna, reviews some of the basic concepts
covered in "Kahuna Healing," and relates Huna principles to
modern psychology. He then covers the levels of the self in much
greater depth and provides practical explanations and exercises in using
the principles of "Huna" for self-development. Concepts
covered such things as getting to know your subconscious self, clearing
blockages, increasing your mana (energy) through various techniques, contacting
your superconscious self, using dreams, creative meditation, and many
more practical techniques.
is a STRANGE one !! More than anything else, it's a kind of "streaming
consciousness" collection of psychic impressions of Hawaii.
The author visited Hawaii with psychic Maria Carta in 1986, and the book
is the result of their experiences and contacts during their trip.
It kind of bounces all over the place, managing to cover a little bit
of everything, including the language, mana, spirits, gods, animals, chants
and prayers, the menehune, Madame Pele, herbal remedies, etc. Even
though it's a hodgepodge of stuff, most of it is pretty interesting, especially
the stories. If you are interested in Huna, it should be in your
is a fascinating book. The problem is figuring out how to describe
it to you! Hank Wesselman is an anthropologist by profession who,
in his "former life" could be described at least partially as
a religious skeptic. Then, around 1985, he began experiencing vivid
altered states which put him in contact with a Hawaiian shaman living
5000 years in the future during a second "stone age" that has
come about due to OUR technology. Nainoa and Dr. Wesselman are able to
acknowledge each other's presence, establish contact and build a relationship
that they both use to explore the age-old questions of "who are we"
and "why are we here?" Dr. Wesselamn resides on the Big
Island on a part-time basis and teaches excellent courses in "core"
shamanism. Because if his personal ethics and professionalism, he
does NOT play the game of teaching you to "be Hawaiian"
in his seminars. Not only will you learn something about the Hawaiian
culture from this book; you will also learn a great deal about our own
perceptions of our world, and probably something about yourself as well.
It gets off to a slow start, but once it gets rolling, it's hard to put
down. I burned the midnight oil often reading this one; highly recommended!!
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