Today we waved goodbye to the skyscrapers of O’ahu and happily turned our thoughts to the island of Molokai. Ahhh Molokai, that most Hawaiian of islands – where the old ways are still in evidence and where, except for the restricted island of Ni’ihau, you will find the highest population of pure Hawaiians. There is only one stoplight on the entire island, life is slower, and everyone knows everyone else. People from the shops and even the car rental desk remember us! And as for us, we know and love the island – we aloha Molokai!
Molokai has a place in the heart of our Ku lineage. Nelita had ancestors from here, and Kaleolani spent much time here with her. He has shared that on Molokai, he had some of his most profound experiences. It is a most powerful place, where the magics are still commonplace… We often come to this island when Kaleolani teaches the advanced and master trainings.
One very special place for our lineage is the Kalaupapa Overlook. At the edge of 1500 foot high cliffs, you stand looking out over the penninsula of land where the leper colony lived under the care of recently sainted Father Damien.
An Introduction to the Air Element
What makes this place so special is the wind. As you face the ocean, you look northward, and you feel the power and hear the voice of the air element. While you can experience the air element anywhere in the world, here it moves so freely… untouched by land for approximately 2500 miles before coming up against the world’s tallest sea cliffs!
Hawaiian masters have come to recognize the 139 different kinds of wind, through diligent observation looking for qualities and patterns within how the wind moved, felt, and interacted with the land, plants, and sea.
This knowledge was then applied to understandings for agriculture, seamanship, omens, and for healing. Our lineage understands that we are elemental beings, living in an elemental universe. The four elements of fire, water, air, and earth are the building blocks for life. And here on Molokai, we can know the element of air like no other place.
The element of air knows no boundary. It is the element of sound and of the heavens. Air is in constant motion and desires to be free. It creates expansion, movement, and it transports our prayers to the heavens.
One example of how the air the element can be a teacher is shown through my meditation today at the lookout. As I meditated on self-healing, the air element showed me all the places in my body that were asking for more freedom (a quality of the air element).
There are many, many different qualities and applications for the element of air, which we will explore in the Po’ohuna: Hawaiian Spirituality and Elemental Healing Training starting on October 27th.
A hui hou (until we meet again),
~ Pono and Ha’awi