|Mahealani Kuamo'o-Henry, Kumu 'Elele 'O Na Kupuna|
|Shares the traditional“about her culture,and Aloha Spiritual values|
Clans of Tahitians reached Hawaii’s shores in 1299 A.D., and certainly before the traders and missionaries from the West discovered this strategic cluster of islands, the Ancient Hawaiians had evolved into a society that had it’s own spiritual values and practices in place. These values refined in their simplicity and pragmatism, reflected the natural sensibilities that had also developed in other isolated pockets of the globe. These Universal values shared a heightened awareness of the Self being connected to every part of everything. And the Ancient Hawaiians nurtured the teachings and daily practices of One-ness and Self-greatness, known as the Aloha Spirit and that the connection to One-ness included those dearly departed, from the physical dimension, having “changed address,” from human to spirit-wholeness, as is the simple Hawaiian reference for changing from physical to spirit transition, and onto the new beginnings…to include serving as spiritual guides..
A journey that started many life-times ago, and in the now, one continues free will, choosing to embrace, nurture and practice the timeless values for daily experiences rooted in Aloha-love, the ancient teachings promoting respect, goodness for self and others, all the while placing self in alignment with one of several Universal laws. And to “reconnect” to the Universal laws and one’s true identity.
Is the belief system and method for “making right more right, the path.” Many are surprised to learn about this form of Ho’opono pono rooted in the Aloha Spirit rather than of the Christian and Western adaptation for “conflict resolutions.” …Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala predates both adaptations, and brings forward the Aloha for self and to promote “self-best” through self-permission to recognize and accept self-greatness,” to experience it moment-by-moment in all areas of one’s life, and to lay at waste the “fear-based” mind sets for power, control, sins, and damnations. It is the ancient knowing that you are obviously the best “you” ever, there are no duplicates, you’re It, the original YOU; the god-goddess makes no mistakes!
The law of attraction & manifestation, and literally in Hawaiian to also mean the “Smiling law.” As in the teachings taught to the kamali’i-children, that the Universe “smiles” upon the manifestation without judgments, so great importance for responsibilities upon creations and decisions are passed on to the Children, beginning with their own “bowl of light,” experiences and other values contained in the ancient teachings of HO’OPONO PONO KE ALA.
Ho’oponopono (noted as one word) is the more familiar method for “making right, the wrongs,” in the “problem-solving” process heavily influenced by religious missionary doctrines, and western based mental-health concepts for “conflict resolutions.” The missionaries in their eagerness to colonize the Hawaiians, was said to have adopted the method upon realizing the influence it served within the Hawaiian family structure. And, over time they managed to institute their religious values, causing changes, upon the Hawaiian influences, with each new generation of Hawaiians.
is the method based in the essence of traditional Hawaiian Spirituality, and within the ancient teachings identified as Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala – “making right, more right, the path.” Herein, the implication is the Aloha Spirit value for promoting the “wellness and rightness at the onset. In the Hawaiian aloha mind-set it was understood that one choosing to accept “wellness” at the onset, would receive it sooner than not, so the concept for “wellness,” suited the aloha Values and the practice was eagerly promoted and embraced. This form having existed prior to western and missionary influences, is virtually an unfamiliar practice by most Hawaiians today.
making right, more right,” was generally recognized as a form of weekly counseling used within Hawaiian family structures, and facilitated by a kupuna-elder family member. These family gatherings helped to promote, instill, and maintain positive, aloha-loving, and spiritual values within the family, as well as affecting wellness within the social structure of the villages.
Over a period of time, with western and missionary influences, the values in the Ho’opono Pono method changed to include negative aspects for guilt’s, faults, blames, and ridicules, requiring unlimited, frequent focus on forgiveness. Eventually, family members, overwhelmed by negative influences cease to hold Ho’oponopono gatherings within the family. Many became reliant upon Church elders or family elders who became “acceptable Christians,” and encouraged to administer Ho’oponopono counseling in desperate situations, causing motives for secrecies. Today, this Christian form of Ho’oponopono is the one most Hawaiians remember being taught and used by their Kupuna, if indeed it was used at all.
The ancient Hawaiian counseling method for “making right, more right the path,” utilizes the philosophy and practice of Aloha Lokahi- love and unity, the all encompassing and important aspect of the Aloha Spirit value system that Hawaiians wholeheartedly embraced within themselves and culture during the era from 242 AD to 1299 AD, prior to the arrival of the Tahitian warrior chief Pa’ao.
Hawaiians once so enlightened by the Aloha Spirit concepts and practices believed that all things, all conditions, all people, and all of nature were/ are in PONO- excellence, rightness. And thought, that “changes” are normal occurrences indicating needs for adjustments in making Pono more Pono – right, more right in the never-ending flow for growth and changes. In administering Ho’opono Pono, kupuna-elders used the practice of Mo’olelo –story telling more than direct counseling. Mo’olelo style established a neutral, conducive atmosphere and enabled the kupuna to communicate knowledge and values in a “non-confrontational” manner, while increasing awareness and wellness rooted in the Aloha Spirit. With this nurtured life-style method, the need for direct counseling was minimal. However, with the continuation of foreign arrivals with their foreign values setting new standards in the Hawaiian life-style, minimizing the Aloha Spiritual influences, and forever changing the harmonious Hawaiian life-style with forced doctrines of separations through physical presence of Chiefs and ruling classes amongst the people, was the first wave for induction and take-over by the powerful forces of Chief Pa’ao in 1300 AD.
The second wave for take over occurred with the Western and European contact, bringing ships, sailors, metal, guns, disease, and Christian missionaries to save the heathen souls, and survey the lands for land divisions and ownership, with the eventual and illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian nation and imprisoning Hawaii’s last Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893. At present, native Hawaiians – Kanaka Maoli, along with their Hawaiian supporters actively demonstrate in public for Sovereignty restitutions from the United States Government. As each successive event crested over Hawaii, the native people were forced into acceptance by the first, gave in/ caved in through conformity during the second, and then after the third, with a few exceptions, willingly chose the beliefs and values which steered them further from the Hawaiian ideals of Aloha Lokahi-love and unity, Aloha Spirit. Fragments of this idealism did manage to survive through the teachings and practiced examples from some of the kupuna-elders, who passed it on to a few in the next generation.
Today, within our global communities, the need for growth, enlightenment peace and joy are more necessary than ever before, and the needs must be embraced, and filled within Self, individually, and can be…there are no “accidents,” only the “timeless and opportune moments,” to experience the desired experiences that we each spirituality, physically, and energetically create and manifest for ourselves. We can do it!! We came gifted with all the energetic and genetic coding perfectly intact, once we get over ourselves, and reconnect into our internal guidance system or align with our gang of ancestors, angels, and guides. There are no secrets, no exotic rituals, no Huna-isms to Spiritual Self-greatness, just a willing mind, and heart ready to re-connect to the ancient and internal wisdoms of Aloha Lokahi-love & unity.
HUNA is a belief system recognized throughout Europe and parts of the United States as a form of Hawaiian religion steeped in enough exotic magic for healings and destructions, to have created a large following in the mid 1930’s for it’s creator, Max Freedom Long. Mr. Long, arrived in Hawaii as a young school teacher in 1917, and taught school on the Big Island for several years. Many of his students were native Hawaiian ancestry, and he spent much time drilling them with questions about their cultural practices, receiving little responses beyond a respectful smile and head shaking. This gave Mr. Long reason to suspect that Hawaiians knew little to nothing about their history, or simply choosing to divulge nothing about their secret, exotic practices. Little did he realize that it was against the law for Hawaiians to practice or carry on any form of business in Hawaiian, write in Hawaiian, converse in Hawaiian, engage in any Hawaiian healing practices, art or Hawaiian dance forms. Mr. Long’s interest in the Occult, along with his wife’s authoring books on murder mysteries peaked his imagination to write several articles of his interest and version of Kahuna practice and magic. Therein, sealing his career as a writer for his soaring imagination into the exotic and magical world of Hawaiian Spiritual practices, he termed as Kahuna-ism. This lead him to adopt a name and title from another religious practice referred to as HUNA, from the Berber people of North Africa. Mr. Long believed that both races were interconnected, and shared the same religious practices. However, he used just enough Hawaiian words, and descriptions to keep his version of HUNA connected to Hawaii, much to the delight and interest of his followers. The word, HUNA in Hawaiian means something very small, and not any more significant than a grain of salt. However, with Mr. Long’s imaginations, he managed to make some huge salt mines, from a little ol’ grain of salt. And his “imagination” has sparked many others to developing HUNA-ISMS even further today. Hmmm, most interesting!