This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to listen to a presentation on the spiritual tradition of Kanenuiakea at the Oahu Holistic & Metaphysical Expo. The presentation was so truthful, so direct and honest, so powerfully filled with Mana (powerful life force energy). I found myself entranced by the level of truth that was spoken, never have I seen or heard anyone in my life speak about things that I personally believe in so openly and what astounded me most was that this belief system came from within my own aina (homeland), my own people. Beliefs and ideas of interconnection I had actually thought I was an anomaly in accepting was believed, lived and perpetuated by these presenters, the men of Marae Haa Koa. It was almost like this unprecedented homecoming type of experience that really held me in this state of awe and fierce pride in connection. I've never felt so in alignment with any other belief system as this one, it was if and is that I have simply been remembering what has all along been a part of my true essence.
The presentation wove together the stories and histories of faraway places with those native to Hawaii, finding similarities and connections in traditions and linguistics that point to a web of interconnection so obvious and profound, it blends what might at first seem as very different viewpoints but what can be pointed out as in fact various puzzle pieces of the same whole. If just noticed and connected, an ultimate truth would be revealed by simply widening your perspective lens. I was so moved by the level of ike (knowledge) shared, it is hard to express.
Presenters were Christopher Oliveira and Glen Kila, who reestablished the organization Koa Ike. Koa Ike is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve the values, beliefs, traditions and history of our aboriginal Hawaiian culture, and perpetuate this wisdom through educating the community and cross-cultural sharing with other faiths and peoples from around the world. Their mission is brought to life by Marae Haa Koa, their learning center, which provides educational classes, field trips, workshops, researches and preserves genealogical data and actively works to preserve and restore sacred cultural sites as well as maintaining the health of our aina.
Below I will try my best to summarize the presentation but do note that there was so much information, my note-taking could barely keep up. I highly recommend reaching out to Marae Haa Koa if you feel as strongly as I do about their belief system and values and proactive approach to maintaining a solid spiritual connection to Kane (God).
I can't help but notice the synchronicity surrounding learning more about this group and the beliefs they hold dear and this year's forecast by psychic and master Elizabeth Jones. Within the next few months we are to ask ourselves, what are the keys between the higher and lower, between my physical body and my higher self, between heaven and earth? What is happening right there at the crossover, which is like a link (think infinity sign)? We are to look for that portal, that opening. It's not just about us experiencing the higher realms but also bringing that light down to earth, the physical. At the crossing over of that infinity point, there will be guides and gatekeepers there to help us. March, she predicted, is a turning point, a crossroads reached. She also says that we will be compelled to align with natural rhythms and cycles and we will be aligning ourselves with a deeper truth to our innermost being, and that much is already proving true. She mentions that our spiritual being is deeply connected to the earth and the Cosmos are sending us a message to connect with our true essence and wonders of the physical realm such as our body and direct environment. By honoring, exploring and attuning to that, you will then stabilize that at your very core. And take note she says, that physical matter is not only the final descent but the beginning of the ascent. I won't presume to know, but I am hoping that Marae Haa Koa will be my guides and mentors, those gatekeepers of knowledge who merge the higher realms (of spirit) with the physical (our aina). I believe that when we come back to our roots, as people of the earth, and we connect with natural cycles, we place ourselves into this state of flow and synchronicity where we are fully able to embrace Source, receiving blessing and direction to guide us on our journeys as the powerful and authentic natural beings that we are. I can't wait to experience what's coming next...
I Am Kawehi. 26 years of life on this earth, steadily growing, rising and blossoming like a lotus birthing through the mud, upwards into crystal waters and then to rest atop in open air as the firey sun alights my form. I wander. I imagine. I expand and seek to understand. I see. I AM.