Many of you may not realize that the Hawaiian civilization was nearly destroyed due to many factors all having to do with foreign, mostly American, interference. Many Hawaiian lives were lost due to imported western diseases, and today the percentage of people in the islands with pure Hawaiian blood is only 8%.
The missionaries did their best to outlaw cultural teachings and rituals which had to be taken underground. Today much has been lost, but also there has been a resurgence of interest by the Hawaiian people in reclaiming their heritage.
Within our lineages of Ku and Lono as handed down by Kaleolani and Nelita, much of the ancient wisdom of their families has been preserved and is available to each of us now as a way to bring out our “inner kahuna” – to recognize and empower our true selves. In what way is this possible? The Hawaiians, like many native cultures, hold a sacred bond with the natural forces all around them. In Hawaii, being 2000 miles away from any other landform on earth, these forces are very pure. Through ages of observation of these forces and how they are reflected in the human body and spirit, a system evolved that will help us to re-connect with the earth, the heavens and our true beings. We will discuss this further in future blogs.
We spent this morning at the Bishop Museum, the most noted Pacific cultural museum in the world. We could share many details about the information and artifacts in the museum, but instead we decided to share how we felt. Walking into the main hall showcasing the Hawaiian culture, both of us were physically impacted by the incredible presence of the mana (spiritual power) in that room. Within moments we were not only reacting energetically but also emotionally – both of us were in tears. The room is huge, an atrium three floors high, and much of it was handcrafted of wood. It represented three of the wao (realms) within our universe: the foundations, the human level, and the heavens. On the first level were stunning artifacts, prayers, and information about the Hawaiian Gods and how they arrived in the islands and the importance of each to the people. The mana generated by the carvings and artifacts was palpable; yet the mana generated by the written word around the room was far more powerful. Ancient prayers and proverbs shone light into the crevices of our previous understandings. We can only urge each of you to visit this wondrous place someday. It is a monument to the renewed interest that the Hawaiian people are taking in their past and their spirituality.
There was one artifact that shared its magic consciously with us. The story goes that a Hawaiian boy kept telling people that something underground was communicating with him and needed to come out. When a hole was dug, a very large and old stone was uncovered. It has a face of sorts and is hunched over. When Pono first became aware of it across the hall, he saw its ha (breath). The stone is very much alive and conscious! A local security guard came by and told us an amazing story. The stone was placed there in the main hall, but people felt it should be outside. When the curators went to pull it out of its setting, they found that the stone had actually embedded itself into the rock strata below the museum! It had found its place and intended to stay put, so it was left there and the space was created for its position to be honored.
We felt this was a wonderful metaphor for the Hawaiian culture which was buried, then found again, and now is taking root.
Me ke aloha,
Ha’awi and Pono