Hawaiian Spirituality .
and Huna . Hawaiian
Advanced Huna: Awaiku & Hawaiian Angels
On Big Island Hawaii, around 1989, two friends whom I trusted told
me that they could communicate with angelic beings called awaiku
and that these entities could do magical healing. Although very
skeptical, I witnessed some amazing healings that seemed magical, and
I began learning this Hawaiian mysticism.
Huna means hidden.
Awaiku are sometimes described as equivalents to
Western angels (anela in Hawaiian) yet the differences
are much more than a fascination with wings. 'Aumakua
has been translated as guardian angels and higher selves,
although a better translation is deified ancestors.
One of my primary kumu (teacher) about angels and
'awaiku was Miriam Baker, of Ka'u, Big Island Hawaii. I met her when
she was in her 80's, and still teaching. Her
top students, Patty Rose and Kawika David Blaikie lived with her,
and both were kumu (teachers) of Hawaiian shamanism ... and two of my
The awaiku watch over the righteous of
the earth. They shield the just and righteous
children of Kane from injustice and deviltry at the hands of the unrighteous.
... The awaiku pour out of Kane's love to the faithful ... and are the messengers
between man and God ... healing angels who assist the kahuna lapa'au by causing
divine healing power to flow into these healers, giving them the power to cure
From Kahuna Sorcerers of Hawaii, Past
and Present by Julius Rodman
I stayed with these wonderful people for the summer
of 1993, close to Hawaii's South Point. That was a wild
time that shook my scientific background to its roots as I explored
Hawaiian mysticism. If awaiku magic works, what
is the underlying structure of Hawaiian healing magic? And what were
the implications about human consciousness?
Awaiku were spirits that acted as the
messengers, spies, and agents to do the bidding of Kane. They were also guardian
spirits, shielding and warding off from people the malign influences of
mischievous sprites. Awaiku managed the rain, the winds and the weather and a
great many other things, and were beneficent in their conduct.
From Hawaiian Antiquities
by David Malo (1840)
Miriam told us that awaiku can be our most
advanced teachers and our most naive students. She said that they would get
her attention by a sense of wing tips on her face, communicating things
like, "Be where you
are supposed to be, and do what you’re supposed to do". A little
of what she taught us is that:
- awaiku communicate through visions and intuitions
- awaiku often use your own memories and experiences
- awaiku use simple words (that children can understand)
- awaiku often communicate in symbols, images and dreams
Miriam Baker was known in Ka'u as the
Angel Lady. She had written a book about angels,
"Our Angels and our Mysteries" and kept a stack of
them by her front door.
Interpreting awaiku messages, according to Miriam, was not easy, as you
might add your own words or distort the meanings. She said to keep your mind
silent, and to meditate on the symbols. We learned ways to summon, communicate
with and dismiss awaiku. Miriam warned us of the consequences of abusing
or stealing awaiku knowledge - angels can be demons and blessings can become curses.
When angels become demons: how people
My friend David Kawika Blaikie was a close friend of
Uncle George Naope, a teacher
of Hawaiian chants, hula and traditions. We had studied with
Papa Henry Auwae of Hilo, Uncle John Kaimikaua
of Molokai and other native Hawaiian kumu. David and Patti were kumu - teachers - and we
enjoyed sharing and comparing our thoughts, intuitions and insights.
We were researching and piecing together (modeling) our
knowledge of magical elements, awaiku, I'o and
Kumulipo. It was an exciting time of exploration and testing. Aunty
Miriam blessed David Kawika, Patty Rose and I with her mana and her
pono; she told us that we were destined to carry on her work and
that her awaiku would protect her work through us.
From Miriam we gained kuleana ... responsibilities normally
based on blood relationships ... to honor and protect her life work.
Simultaneously, modeling Hawaiian mysticism changed us. We learned
how to explore and model taboo realities, ecstatic
states and Soul ... and how to apply this knowledge in spirituality and healing.
David Kawika contributed his knowledge of
Tibetan Buddhism and ecstatic states, and I applied my experience of Celtic
mysticism, including dream journeys and nature spirits. I added
some ways to enhance hakalau (expanded awareness or
kahuna consciousness) as we explore the po.
Patti taught us about practical angel lore, Hawaiian elements
and elementals. Those were happy days as we integrated our mana'o
(knowledge and skills) and tested our limits.
David Kawika and I helped Miriam build a small park
(which Miriam hoped would become a UFO landing site) in Ocean View, makai
of the highway. We built lava walls and made a large Christian fish symbol of
white coral on the black lava, around which we scattered loads of dusty macadamia
nut shells to provide humus for plants. (David built a garden for Miriam, and
surprised us all by growing carrots!)
(2008 ... I cannot find Miriam's fish
symbol / UFO parking lot now. Too bad ... that was a LOT of work 15 years
ago. David Kawika is now teaching this huna in
Victoria, Canada. Patti
taught this huna in Mexico, then moved to Nevada. I returned to Europe.)
As I expanded my horizons, I found that through awaiku I could help people change their habits,
emotions and beliefs ... and change their lives! I developed and taught
ho'omanamana in Canada,
England, Germany, Czech Republic, Croatia and Poland.
Effective changework - including awaiku
energy work - requires
finding and following personal missions, which means defining life goals,
making plans and dealing with conflicts. Within this hidden Hawaiian knowledge
(huna means hidden), awaiku provided inspiration that
grew as I explored the experience of connectedness, developing a
basis for what I would later call
Soulwork systemic coaching.
Auntie Miriam's old body died in 2001, aged 94, at about
the same time and age as Papa Henry Auwe, followed by
Uncle John Kaimikaua,
Lanakila Brandt and Uncle George Naope.
These wonderful people had been my living connections to the practical
spirituality and healing of old Hawaii.
Despite their claims, none of our European students ever
met Auntie Miriam Baker, Papa Henry Auwae, Uncle John Kaimikaua nor Uncle
George Naope. David, Patti and I did our best to weave together the fragments
of wisdom that we learned from our kupuna (elders). I wanted a useful
therapeutic methodology and worked to translate not just the language
but the underlying
consciousness of old Hawaii, and to apply it in my life
and work. I called the integrated format Soulwork Systemic Psychology.
Magic didn't stop being magical when I understood it!
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Hawaiian Huna: Awaiku, Kumulipo & I'o
According to a Molokai tradition, awaiku dwell in Lanikeha,
the breath of heaven, a realm of angels. You could also say that
Lanikeha is within each of us, or that we can be in Lanikeha.
This is worthy of meditation.
According to Auntie Miriam, there was never a time without awaiku.
Awaiku created themselves at the beginning of creation - the dawn of
Kane and Wahine, the male and female sides of creation -
manifested within the infinite potential of a primeval
god-energy the old Polynesians called I'o.
In his book Children of the Rainbow, Leinani Melville
included a symbol which he wrote depicts the relationships between the major
Hawaiian gods. I saw this symbol as a family map of Hawaiian gods.
Meditating on this symbol in hakalau (expanded consciousness) helped me
better understand and use the ho'omanamana
and ho'omoe that
underlies much of our Hawaiian healing.
A Kumulipo symbol portrays the ongoing creation of reality ... the
eternal NOW. Strangely, these fragments of Hawaiian wisdom became essential
pieces of an exciting methodology for change that I was beginning to teach in
Canada and Europe, a system that I called Soulwork
LISTEN and hear the start of the beautiful Kumulipo chant, which begins with the
creation of a universe ...
Kumulipo Chant (fragment)
* 20 second
excerpt from Ho`oluana
Makaha Sons of Ni'iau 1991
O ka lipolipo, o ka lipolipo
O ka lipo o ka la, o ka lipo o ka po
Po wale ho 'i hanau ka po
Hanau Kumulipo i ka po he Kane
Hanau Po'ele i ka po he Wahine
From depths of darkness, deep darkness
Darkness of day, darkness of night
Of night alone did night give birth
Born Kumulipo in the darkness a Man
Born Po'ele in the darkness a Woman
The first entities in this cosmology have neither
bodies nor form. They are male and female principles, named
light-darkness (Kumulipo) and dark-darkness (Po’ele).
(Hawaiian mysticism was male-female balanced until the
arrival of male-dominated Christianity).
Angels & Demons: Blessings () can be Curses (Kuamuamu)
I ka 'olelo no ke ola - i ka 'olelo no ka make
In words is life - in words is death
Have you ever been blessed or cursed? Usually there is no effect -
few people have enough mana, intent and focus to do more than make noises.
But be aware and beware that angels can be demons. Accessing and using
awaiku can increase your power, reflect your intent and magnify your
Hawaiian historian David Malo recorded an awaiku kuni-pule
(death chant) used on Molokai around 1840. Notice the elemental interplay
between a prayer, an apparent blessing and a clear curse.
From Hawaiian Antiquities, by
David Malo (about 1840)
A kuni-pule (death-prayer) used on Molokai
Ia Awaiku ka ua i Lanikeha
Ka ua ma'awe au e Kane
E Kane pakanaka
Mahana kaua ia oe e Kane
E make ka mea nana i kolohe a'u,
Make emo'ole, naha ke kua, eu ka ilo,
Popopo a helelei,
Kau make, e Kane.
Awaiku send rain from Lanikeha
Your fine rain O Kane
O Kane who touches us
Kane who warms us
We warm to each other O Kane
Send death to the one who hurt me.
Fast death, broken back,
Rapid decay, rotting to
Such a death, O Kane.
Does this curse evoke strange images? A kaona
(hidden meaning) of this chant describes 'ana'ana -
death magic - with hints for ho'opiopio or
counter-sorcery. (But remember that no matter how nice your intentions, if you play
with fire you may get burned!)
(One skill of a kahuna
Kua-ha-ilo, which translates as
"breed maggots in the back".)
"People may say that curses are rubbish,” said a
Hawaiian friend, “but those people will talk a different story if
they are cursed". I find that curses are like
bundles of harmful emotions and beliefs that can harm you
mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Curses may manifest as dreadful beliefs, held in the body in
"black bags" (ele'ele eke), of anger, fear, hatred
or guilt. While many curses seem to be projected unconsciously, some
people curse others - and themselves - consciously, for example with criticism.
Most unrequested advice is criticism, and
most criticism seems to be autobiography. Most critics perceive themselves as
Few curses have any effect (e.g. you may have been cursed with horrible
words because you drove a car too quickly or too slowly - but words are just words and
effective curses need focused intent and power).
Some consequences of effective curses include:
- Chronic pain
- Feeling watched
- Extreme bad luck
- Depression & distress
- Seeing someone as a demon
- Seeing shadows move around you
- Frightening dreams and nightmares
- Feeling constantly tired and low energy
- Low concentration and energy for daily tasks
- Repeated thoughts and images of your attacker
If you cursed someone (if you had enough mana) you may have
witnessed something unpleasant happening to that person. If you want
to remove a curse, email us.
Wisdom (na'auao) without power (mana) has few benefits,
but awaiku can open doors to mana. We may use ho'omanamana
(making great power) during our huna healing, especially
for untangling ancestral problems, ending curses,
resolving spirit possession or recovering lost parts
of self (soul retrieval).
I may write about I'o,
and exploring Kumulipo and the Po with Awaiku,
with insights into Maori and Tahitian mysticism. Many experiences
and realizations, however, are unknowable to people with spiritual
blocks and emotional problems. They will only be tales of power.
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