During these times of financial, personal,
emotional, and spiritual change and challenge, many people in the world are seeking a simpler
way. We are all seeking a way to feel more
connected with life and less in conflict with the world around
them. We are all seeking a way of finding internal stability
and peace, regardless of how unstable the outside world becomes.
This calling to return to the profound ways of
old time teachings is happening across the planet and is
touching the souls of all who hear it. Whether Native
American, Tibetan, Aboriginal, Mayan, Druidic, or Hawaiian,
among many others, the
inner spirit of nature is re-awakening in humanity after being
buried for so long in daily human consciousness. The
drive to move back to a life in harmony with the Heavens, with
Humanity, and with the Earth is like a beacon light illuminating
the way to this life of inner strength, peace, and stability.
Ke Ala Kahiko Hawaiian Foundation is dedicated
to bringing into modern context and application the sacred
knowledge of two native Hawaiian family lineages. These
lineages date back for thousands of years. As Kahu
Lanakila wisely warned, all sacred traditions must evolve to meet
the context and realities of modern
day life for them to stay relevant. In this way, the sacred trust
that has been passed to us will find a strong home in this and the
Ke Ala Kahiko is a name with many meanings.
It can mean "the ancient path", "the old ways", or even "the
rising up of the ancients". However, the name
signifies more than just the traditions of our elders.
As Keali'i Rachel sang, "Every
step into our future is a step into our past." We move forward on our mission to preserve
and advance these traditions, and we walk with the ancients and
listen to their song. Through that song, we find the ways
to better live in aloha every single day in this modern daily
After many years of studying the Hawaiian
healing and shamanic traditions in the Lineage of Ku and the
family practices of Kahu Nelita Kapa Aloha Anderson and
Kaleolani Spencer, I was invited to branch out my studies to
begin my training with
Brandt, a Kahuna Pule in the Order of Lono and a highy respected
Kahuna La'au Kahea (Spiritual Healing).
One day, while sitting together after
offer La'au Kahea, or Hawaiian Spiritual Healing for Kahu
Lanakila, he paused to look deep into my eyes, and he told me,
"You are the one I have been waiting for."
In 2004, I accepted the
responsibility of creating an organization dedicated to preserving the
healing, cultural, spiritual, and language traditions of these
two family lineages. Each day, I and my halau strive to keep alive this wisdom and this way of being in
We embrace this way of being as our
own way of life.
We actively teach the traditions
of healing and spirituality privately, as part of group
trainings, and through public programs, lectures, and talks.
We provide spiritual healing services using
the methods of old Hawaii.
With the passing of Kahu Lanakila in 2005, I
focused my attention on seeking the deeper wisdom that he had
carefully hidden in his teachings like seeds in fertile ground.
I also continue my life-long study with Kahu Kaleolani Spencer.
Before he died, Kahu Lanakila made this
requirement of me as I began moving forward with this vision, "The Hawaiian to whose
memory was committed the keeping of old time teachings, regarded
it as a sacred trust, to be transmitted in its integrity; and he
was inclined to look upon every different and contradictory
version of that knowledge as, in a sense, an infringement of his
preserve, a desecration of that sacred thing which had been
entrusted to him."
That is our commitment: to keep the integrity
of these teachings by living them every day.
In 2011, Linda
Ha'awilanikealoha Arigi, a master practitioner and student
of Kaleolani, joined Ke Ala Kahiko adding her extensive
knowledge, skill, and her Light to our organization. She
is now a full partner and key member of our team as a teacher,
healer, and writer.
Linda has been studying these traditions since
2006 beginning with Ke Ala Kahiko and advancing to study
directly under Kahu Kaleolani. In addition, she continues
her studies with teachers of Japanese, Tibetan, and Hindu
traditions. She is a teacher of Reiki and meditation, and
she has a private spiritual healing practice as well.
While neither Linda nor I were born of
Hawaiian blood, we are grateful for this opportunity to be the
vessel to hold and care for these sacred traditions as they were
shared with us, carrying them forward until they can be returned
once again to the Hawaiian People - the rightful owners of this
knowledge. We hold that responsibility with dedication and
For those who
come seeking this knowledge for the betterment of their own
lives by reconnecting with that natural and instinctual part of
themselves, we share this knowledge and these practices and
traditions as a celebration of the heavens, humanity, and the
land and the Po'ohuna (the Divine
Mysteries) that bond them together through eternity.
I Ke Kea Kahi,
Kumu Rick Pono'uhane Ho'okuakua Vrenios