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Gloria asked me where Nana i ke Kumu is available besides amazon, where they want $75! You can find it here for $12. http://www.nativebookshawaii.com
Yes, Change We Must is a treasure! It is written by a kupuna who grew up with her grandparents who spoke only Hawaiian and lived a traditional life on the shores of what is now Pearl Harbor. I love the story about how her grandmother knew and fed the shark goddess, and not only talked with her plants, but they talked to her.
The Sacred Path of Huna is filled with errors, starting with the fact that the author does not have a Ph.D. in Hawaiian Shamanism (she is from England and her degree is in geography) and many, many, many mistakes about Hawaiian history, culture, traditions and even mistakes of geography! (She says the east side of the island of Hawai'i is dry, the west side wet.) Personally, I don't recommend Huna books because they are not from the source. Nana i ke kumu is not only the name of a book, it is a proverb - look to the source, the root, the Hawaiians.
Gloria, how are you doing with Nana i ke kumu?
Gary, what I love about that book is you just feel his aloha bubbling up. It is so sweet! There is a saying in Hawai'i, "Not all wisdom is taught in one school." There are 3 other books on lomilomi which will give you insight into the many different "schools" of wisdom.
I am reading "Wise Secrets of Aloha" by Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim and Garnette Arledge. From my perspective and recently being introduced to Lomi Lomi, I find it very informative about the way of life that Lomi Lomi is, and that it is very connected to spirit. Garnette writes from the perspective of one who has been treated with Lomi Lomi and Harry explains the background of the Lomi Lomi healer. It includes many of his own stories about how he came to learn the Lomi Lomi principles from his teachers. There are many step-by-step instructions about how to become part of the lifestyle that is Lomi Lomi. There is no instruction on any massage techniques. It teaches about being and listening to guidance through spirit.
Gota go with, it depends on what you want. My book 'wise secrets of Aloha' is linage and spiritual, and actually the only one written in the first person. Makana Chai is a compiled version of the work. Karen k has the big island version, and so the best is for what?..... Looking for routine. karen, looking for community, and insparation of community, she's the one, looking for depth of heart, and never documented before life style understandings, ,... it's Mine. All three, is going to end up in your hands if you hang around the feild so much.... i teach,. karen is video,some teach Makana organizes,..offers services as speaker but no touch engagement with students. My Hauman'students' always bring all three, acually.. these kinds of books are read over and over, as they change as your brain makes more room for aloha. evolve. and each one of us, take phone calls! aloha nui.
Many other kumu with vast followings have video routine, these students come to course with integrative attitude. i'm for that. 30 years in professional practice. sometimes sore, and boring same same. ok. thanks.
Yes, Nani I Ke Kumu look to the source.... is a great one. my heart has space for this women immortal,.... and Hank Wiesseman, wrote one just as impact full, not Recognized by Makana at all. it is of a man, Veteran, all knew and loved in my town of pahoa, hawaii. This has been recent. and takes on what Nana i ke Kumu leaves off. Family trained, and in the lineage of respected knowledge holders, Hale Makua, picked The author to convert his knowledge to the greater world. Be Blessed for the waihine choice or the kane choice... or woman, or man expression of healing in the hawaiian eye.