Lighten Up Kahuna 1
- 3/8/08 Greetings!
We are beginning a series on Kahuna and Huna. This information comes primarily from Max Freedom Long�s Books with assists from The Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawna Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert. There is a great deal of fascination today with Huna and Kahuna and along with that fascination a great of misunderstanding and misinformation. Let us begin with:
Hewahewa (As told by Max Freedom Long in his Book The Secret Science Behind Miracles.)
A very great and powerful kahuna with psychic powers, including looking into the future. Able to advise Kamehameha I throughout his campaign to conquer the islands. Took several years and united all the Islands under one rule. When Kamehameha died, Hewahewa looked into the future and what he saw intrigued him greatly. He saw white men, with their wives, arriving in Hawaii to tell Hawaiians of their God. He saw the beach where they would land. He made inquiries of the white seamen in the Islands and
was told the white priests worshipped Jesus, who had taught them to perform miracles, even raising the dead. No doubt, embroidered accounts by the seamen. Convinced the white men had superior ways, guns, ships, and machines, he took it for granted they also had a superior form of magic. Realizing the contamination that had overtaken temple Kahunaism in the Islands, he convinced the Old Queen and young Prince, Kamehameha II, to order the Kahuna to destroy all the idols (which the Kahuna recognized as only wood and feathers, with no real power), break the taboos (kapus), and stop practicing their magic. Accomplished a year before the Missionaries arrived in 1820 at the very beach he had foreseen. He met them, recited to them a fine rhyming prayer of welcome he had composed in their honor. In the prayer he mentioned a sufficient part of the native magic - in veiled terms - to show he was a magician of power as well and welcomed them and their Gods from far high places.
Permission was given the missionaries to go to various islands and begin their work. Hewahewa went with the group assigned to Honolulu. Soon, he realized the white Kahuna possessed no magic at all. They were as helpless as the wooden gods, which had been burned. The blind, the sick, the crippled had been brought before them and none had been healed. The Kahuna had done more than that, even the lesser Kahuna. When the white Kahuna said they needed temples, Hewahewa and his men set to work to help, thinking this was what the missionaries needed to do their magic. Took a long time, was a fine big one of stone (still in Honolulu), the missionaries still could not heal, to say nothing of healing the dead, which they had been supposed to do. Deeply disappointed, he left the missionaries, ordering his fellow Kahuna to return to their healing practices.
Chiefs were eager to embrace the reading, hymn singing and writing in order to join the colorful civilization of missionaries. They especially wanted to meet the King and Queen of England. So they allowed the missionaries to outlaw Kahuna knowing it would still be practiced in secret - secrecy always being part of its magic.
They remained outlawed though no Hawaiian magistrate or police officer in his right mind dared arrest a kahuna known to have genuine power. People would go to church on Sunday, singing and praying loudly, and on weekdays they would go to the Kahuna often the Hawaiian Deacon of the church, to be healed or have their future changed if they found themselves in the midst of a run of bad luck. In isolated districts the Kahuna practiced their art openly.
Some definitions From The Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawna Pukui and Samuel H. Elbert
Kahuna (noun) 1. Expert in any profession. (1845 laws enacted to call doctors, surgeons, dentists Kahuna). 2. Keepers of the secret.
Kahuna -plural of Kahuna
Kahu: Honored Attendent, Nurse, Pastor, Minister, Reverend, Preacher, Master or Mistress of the Home, Guardian or Caretaker, One who has a dog, cat, pig, or other pet, keeper of �unihipili� bones. (unihipili � spirit of a dead person, sometimes believed present in bones or hair of the deceased and kept lovingly.)
Kahu implies the most intimate and confidential relations between the god and its guardian or keeper. Kahuna, more of the professional relationship of priest to the community.
Kahu kahu To offer foods and prayers to Gods
Kahuna �ana �ana : Sorcerer who practices black magic and counter magic, such as praying a person to death.
Kahuna �ai pilau: Filth eating sorcerer (insult)
Next Week: How Max Freedom Long 'cracked; the code that uncovered the The Secret (Huna).
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