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Hawaiian Philosophies and The Huna Tradition;  A Deeper Look In by Michael James Wong

A simple word & phrase that conjures up images of tanned surfers, salty hair beach bunnies or the cocktail waitresses at your local tiki bar. But if look beyond the modern day kitsch, therein lies so much more to this word, and the other six philosophies of the Huna Tradition. Let’s go deeper.

‘Huna’ or ‘Secret’ as it’s described is a set of Hawaiian philosophies that are both simple, yet a practical view to living life in a beautiful way.

The Hawaiian’s believe that to live by the Huna Traditions is to find simplicity & happiness in how you approach life. These are by no means rules, or a scripture of religion, but rather an outlook on life that we can all relate too

Now I’m no expert in Hawaiian culture, and this post will only scratch the surface, but being born in New Zealand; one of the many Pacific Islands born of similar cultural principles, the Huna Tradition really speaks to who I am, and we are, as yogis.

‘Aloha’ is best described as ‘to love is to be happy with’ and it carries so much more than it’s common simple greeting. ‘To love is to be happy with’ is a simple way to show our intention, so when the word ‘aloha’ is used, it is to share love and happiness to those that give and receive it (maybe that’s why we always smile when we hear the word Aloha!).

This word, aloha, is just one of seven traditions, a link in a chain of words, a protestant in the principles of Hawaiian life. Alone it stands simply in translation as ‘to love is to be happy’, but go deeper and you’ll find that together with the six other philosophies, you’ll come to find the approach to life that makes sense of ‘Ces Le Vie’ lifestyle that we all associate with island life.

Described by it’s essence, we all can benefit by looking at life through the lens of the Huna Traditions; Ike, kala, makia, Manawa, aloha, mana, pono.

IKE – The world is what you think it is
KALA – There are no limits, everything is possible
MAKIA – Energy flows where attention goes
MANAWA – Now is the moment of power
ALOHA – To love is to be happy with
MANA – All power comes from within
PONO – Effectiveness is the measure of truth

Life so many cultures around the world, words and traditions are the gateway into something deeper in ourselves, and much like the yogic philosophies we’re all in search of that deeper connection, to ourselves, to our lives and to our happiness.

Step into yours, Hawaiian style

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