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on 9 November 2008
I borrowed this book from the local library, read it twice and have now purchased it. If you are interested in Huna - this is the book, if you are interested in Shamanism or a personal, spiritual search - this is the book.

Well written, beautifully researched and the inclusion of the author's own experiences pepper the information she offers with a deep, personal insight into how Huna has developed and where it is today.

The beauty of this book lies not so much in style of writing but in the depth of information offered through the conscious use of language which is, of course, perfectly apt given the subject.
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on 22 June 2006
and the one I recommend. Dr. Morrell has the world's only Ph.D. in the subject and knows what she is talking about. I learned a lot.
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on 7 August 2009
An eye opener as to how spiritual hawaii is and what a powerful place it is too, helps you keep your finger on the pulse of respect and magic, of the earth and people a great informative read, very well researched and translated.
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on 14 January 2010
So many of the huna and hawaiian spirituality books out there have the same, not very in depth information. You can tell the author has an authentic connection to hawaiian spirituality and the aina in hawaii.

I definitely recommend it.
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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?
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on 25 October 2016
Well written but not quite what I was expecting...
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