Kahuna, taken as a modern word might mean specialist, or Phd. But when
you look for the words behind the word, Ka means "the light",
and Huna means "secret", (in the esoteric sense). Taken
another way, Kahu means, "honored servant, high servant, priest,
one who takes charge of property or knowledge" and Na means
"to care for, calm and centered".
There were Kahuna of everything in Ancient Hawaii. Kahuna of planting,
carving, canoe building, cloth making, lomi lomi massage, healing,
herbs, actually any field of human endeavor included Kahuna. And
yes, there were Kahuna of surfing.
The Ancient Hawai'ian Kahuna also guarded the esoteric knowledge
concerning the Universe, thus enabling them to perform amazing feats
of healing and magic. These Kahuna were, and are still Kahuna of
La'au Lapa'au (medicine), La'au Kahea (faith healers or psychology),
Na'auao (predictions or divination) and Kahuna ana ana (sorcery).
The original name of what we call Huna is Ho'omana, (Ho'o, to make
and mana, life force energy). The people who practiced these teachings
knew all that emanated came from the One, the source. Many believed
that all the peoples of the Earth lived by that One teaching. As
time progressed people deviated from that teaching creating the
variety of beliefs and dis-beliefs that we find today.
Around 325 AD a wave began to sweep the world in an attempt to
destroy all the balanced systems. For awhile Hawai'i was spared.
But, hundreds of years later the Kahuna Pa'o arrived in Hawai'i
and brought a masculine rule, installing the Kapu (things forbidden)
system and established the order of Ku. Thus ending the balanced
male/female system. Ho'omana became hidden inside the chants and
It wasn't until1819 that King Kamehameha VI finally overturned
the system, and a year later the missionaries arrived in their top
hats and woolen clothes. They brought new priests and the new God
of the haole (white man, or literally translated, one without breath).
In their piety they almost single-handedly annihilated the population
of a free and loving society that previously had no psychological
or physical dis-ease. Again the Hawai'ians were forced to bury their
Kahuna Daddy Bray was arrested as late as 1979 for chanting on
the Big Island in downtown Kailua-Kona. It was not until the Native
American Religious Freedom Act was passed that it was again legal
to openly practice the Ancient Ways. Huna is as broadly based as
any other shamanistic system. Huna is not a religion, but a code
to live by. There are no dues to pay. All you have to do is pay
Because of the remoteness of the Hawai'ian Islands Huna remained
pure, more like the original teachings. It is because of this that
Huna is considered a direct link to the Ancient Teachings. The Huna
healing model works with the Three Minds, clearing past limitations,
relationships, forgiveness, breathing, meditation, Higher Self connection,
love light and laughter. The healing model is balanced and centered
work. People are viewed as totally whole, totally magnificent and
part of the ohana (family).
Mahalo and Aloha nui loa
Sally Ililakalanimakanaha'aha'a Bishop is a 10-year practitioner,
chanter and teacher of the Ancient ways. Sally works with breath,
symbols and the three minds to assist you in releasing earth bound
energies, making changes and effectively returning forgiveness,
peace, love, laughter and light into your life.