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NOT Authentic Hawaiian Spirituality
on 17 August 2011
Let me be clear: If you have learned Huna and it works for you, great. What Hawaiians take issue with is just the fact that anyone claims it is authentically Hawaiian in any way. It is absolutely not.
I have not read this book and do not intend to. It very well could hold some new age truths for some, but we Hawaiians have seen this kind of book before. Right off the bat, Hawai'i did not have shamans, and Huna is not Hawaiian. What Rima Morrell found in Hawai'i was an age old farce called Huna, fabricated decades ago by Max Freedom Long, a foreigner whose penchant for writing metaphysical novels allowed him to create one of the longest lasting lies in history. It has been perpetuated by others who put their own "secret" spin on the idea to sell books and classes from which they reap small fortunes. And therein lies yet another way any thinking person can identify the deceptive invention that is Huna: real Hawaiian kahuna do not charge money for their expertise.
Further, if one is diligent and concerned about to where and who they hand the health of their spirit, one can read almost any authentic, truly academic book on Hawaiian spirituality (written by Hawaiians and/or contributed by them), even dig through myriad archives and speak with old, wise Hawaiian elders, and they will never hear of a practice called Huna.
We Hawaiians have lived among and been taught through these resources. It is amazing to us that when a Hawaiian says that Huna is not Hawaiian, we are met with such defiance, resistance, and a refusal to believe. And yet, some of you will believe without proof and advocate the ravings of those not closely associated with our culture. Does this make sense to you?