Huna Kupua
also known as
Hawaiian Principles or "Kahuna Magick"

These are the Hawaiian Principles...

1. ike- “The world is what you think it is.”
2. kalo- “There are no limits.”
3. makia- “Energy Flows where attention goes.”
4. manua- “Now is the moment of power.”
5. manawa- “All power comes from within.”
6. aloha- “To love is to be happy with (someone or something).”
7. pono- “Effectiveness is the measure of truth.”
8. mahalo nui loa- “Thank you from the heart.”

Huna is the foundation of everything we do at Kaua'i University. Though non-religious and completely non-dogmatic, K.U. explores, discovers and shares the most simple and practical of ways to experience the divine directly- inside and all around. Huna Kupua is the best, simplest way discovered to date. As always, the challenge with any form of spirituality is to live it, be it.


Huna is a Hawaiian word meaning "secret," but it also refers to the esoteric wisdom of Polynesia. Kupua is another Hawaiian word and it refers to a specialized healer who works with the powers of the mind and the forces of nature. In that respect it is very similar to the Siberian Tungusic word "shaman." 

The understanding of Huna described here comes from the kupua tradition of the Kahili family from the island of Kauai, through Serge Kahili King, who was adopted as the grandson of Joseph Kahili and trained in his tradition . 

The Three Selves (or Four)- Another set of wisdoms used in Huna is that human behavior and experience can be explained and changed through the interaction of three (sometimes four) selves, aspects or functions: 

1. The High Self (Kane, Aumakua), inspires. 
2. The Conscious Self (Lono) imagines. 
3. The Subconscious Self (Ku) remembers. 
4. The Core Self (Kanaloa) wills. 

The Four Levels of Reality- A third set of guidelines coming from the kupua tradition divides all experience into four levels or frameworks of beliefs about reality which can be summarized as follows: 

1. Everything is objective (Scientific reality). 
2. Everything is subjective (Psychic reality). 
3. Everything is symbolic (Shamanic reality). 
4. Everything is holistic (Mystical reality). 

The kupua (Hawaiian shaman) learns to move in and out of these realities in order to change experience more effectively. 

"All of the above is part of Mana, or Chi, or Life Force. Mana is a creative-spiritual force that flows through the universe. The more Mana you possess,or allow to flow through you, the more your body, mind and spirit radiate health and wholeness." -Kawika Lakota, Shaman from Athabasca

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