An Introduction to Huna
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Huna, also known in ancient times as Ho'omana,
is the ancient Hawaiian Spiritual Tradition,
which is incredibly old.
Legend traces Huna back to Lemuria or Mu.
Huna is 'religious' only in the sense that it
guides us to attain spiritual perfection.
It is not, however, a religion.
It is possible to maintain your religious affilliation
and practices, and to be a practitioner of Huna,
which is a very broad and inclusive, Universal Way.
Huna is scientific as well since it deals directly
with the physical world, in the here and now,
and the processes and techniques produce predictable,
repeatable and transferable results with people
and the environment.
These results have been, at times, labelled as magic or
occult and yet the unseen forces that produce these
effects are very real.
Huna is also a way of life, a philosophy, a way of the heart,
with a strong and yet simple code of ethics.
It is, in my opinion, the Way of the Heart and encourages
the balance between the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual aspects of 'being'.
Huna is all embracing and sees no conflict with other traditions.
There is no one 'right' Huna, and the customs and
details of Huna vary from practitioner to practitioner,
from Island to Island.
There are three Orders of Huna:
The Order of Lono:
focused on both the material and spiritual aspect
of farming, fishing, navigation and shipbuilding as
well as wood carving and herbal healing.
The Order of Ku:
focused on the arts of physical therapy,
ceremonial religious practices as well as
political interests and war.
The Order of Kane
were, and are, specialists in magic, mysticism,
and psychology and were the healer/shamans.
While each order had many specialists and each had healers,
the art and science of healing through spirit was the primary
focus of The Order of Kane, which was orginally known as
This shows the recognition of the polarities,
similar to Yin Yang concepts in Tao.
It is also interesting to note that Ku, Lono and Kane also
are archetypical representations of Body, Mind and Spirit.
I have been inititated into the
Order of Kane,
which is a balanced masculine/feminine order,
and is without rigid hierarchy,
as well as the ancient Lemurian Goddess Tradition,
Ka 'Ohana Nui 'O Uli, (The Family Of Uli).
For more complete information about the
Order of Kane and Huna,
I highly recommend two of Serge Kahili King's books:
Mastering Your Hidden Self
Before I go any further, I would like to 'translate'
as closely as possible the words Huna, Kahuna and
Ho'omana since the layers of the meanings of the words
themselves convey much of the Spirit of this Tradition.
The Hawaiian language contains multiple levels of meanings,
and many times a word may be expressing several layers,
at the same time.
The world and 'reality' are very different, when experienced through the Hawaiian language.
As a native speaker of English I have found my perceptions of
reality shifting as I have experienced some of the Hawaiian
perspective just through learning some chants.
Hu: to rise, overflow, effervesce; to surge, to rise to the surface; to gush forth; also to unite, join.
Na: calmed, quieted, pacified, soothed.
Huna: secret, spiritual, concealed treasured knowledge.
With the addition of
Ka: the, the one who.
We now also have
A Kahuna would be roughly equivalent to a Ph.D in western culture.
An expert in his or her field or profession.
Ho'o: to make, to cause.
Mana: the life force, power, energy.
There are seven basic principles in Huna:
The world is what you think it is.
What you believe the world to be is what you will experience.
There are no limits.
The Universe is infinite.
Energy flows where your attention goes.
What you resist, persists.
The energy of resisting actually gives energy
to the very thing you resist.
Now is the moment of power.
Now is where life happens.
To love is to be happy with.
Aloha is the word for love.
The root 'alo' means "to be with,
to share and experience, here and now".
The root 'oha' means "affection, joy".
The root 'alo' also means "to be in the presence of".
The root 'ha' means "breath, spirit, life force".
All power comes from within your own mind, body and spirit.
Effectiveness is the measure of truth.
And to explain this one, it does not mean that the ends justify the means.
In fact, when fully considered, it means that violent
means produce violent results and peaceful means will