General info Lineage What is Huna Meditation Chanting Symbols


The Kahuna, Kapihe was quoted in 1850, as saying,

"E iho ana o luna.
E pii ana o lalo.
E hui ana na moku..."

Kapihe, 1850

We believe that this translates as, "Bring down that which is above by means of the light. To ascend, take from darkness into light all that which is below (in the dark areas of the unconscious mind) by means of light. This will integrate all the islands (all the parts inside you), transforming the spiritual energy as it flows from the source and giving you peace."

Another ancient chant gives a more specific technique:

"Kaa akau, kaa hema.
Ku makani hai ka lani.
Hekili kaakaa i ka lani."

"Roll the eyes up to the right, roll the eyes up to the left.
Lift the eyes straight up to open up the heavens.
Let flow the fine rain, roll the eyes up to stare at the heavens."

Here are the specific steps to Hi'olani (or meditation):

  1. O ku'u: Find a comfortable place to sit -- in a chair or on the ground will do. Darken the room, or cover the eyes so that no external light gets in. (This is important, at least the first time you do it.)
  2. Ha: If you wish, begin by doing 5 to 15 minutes of Ha breathing as described above.
  3. Ka'a: Roll the eyes up and to the right, then up and to the left, and then straight up to the heavens. Focus the eyes without strain, as if looking up at the sky, on the space between the eyebrows. (You can roll the eyes up even more if it is comfortable.) Remember the feeling of Hakalau, and take that into meditation with you.
  4. Kala: E iho ana o luna. As you look up to the space between the eyebrows, focus on the light. Pay attention to the light, let the light come to you, welcome the light. Watch the light. (If as you begin, you do not see the light easily, just press lightly on your eyeballs pushing them up and inward). Then let go, and watch the light.)
  5. Kuu: "To let go." Now, just let go and watch the light. If there are other thoughts, and the light is still there, that's OK. If you've forgotten to pay attention to the light, gently bring your attention back to the light.
  6. No'o: At the same time, meditation; concentration on the light. No'ono'o: Thought, reflection, thinking, meditation -- to think, reflect, meditate, concentrate on, and consider the light.
    This technique is also similar to a description of meditation on the light in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: "From meditation on the light in the head, comes knowledge of things which are subtle, hidden or far distant." Patanjali III, 24. "Upon the cerebral light, the vision of the perfected ones." Patanjali III, 31

This is the first technique for meditating on the light. It is well worth the investment of time spent in doing this process, because not only does it expand your consciousness permanently, but it also cultivates in the nervous system the ability to go into an altered state rapidly and at will. It trains you to be able to enter the Kahuna State at will.


It is the inner light, and the inner light alone that can ultimately take us by the hand, and deliver us to the Great Light. This is where we came from, and ultimately where we will return. Truly it is where we desire to be now. Reaching the source of all light in and of itself is a supreme achievement, worthy of a lifetime of meditation. To bring an experience like this to our conscious awareness, so that it does not pass us by like a flash of lightning, it is necessary that we are prepared for its dawning. Ho'o puka e ka la, ma ka hikina!

Learning how to breathe in preparation for meditation is important -- ha breathing.

Chanting is also important for expanding the consciousness and awakening the neurology.

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