Fundamental Kahuna instruction (90% non-verbal) was the
same for all. Students were chosen and sent to specialised
schools only after careful observation and testing to attain
final mastership or scientist status.
Kahuna trained children of any sex or class were selected,
if they showed talent and discipline and had knowledge of
self and nature. To know and to have recognised the principle
in how everything relates to everything in the universe.
This is basic training, and they were primarily groomed to
understand the principle of genealogy and family, in all
Primarily there would be at least one Kahuna in every village
in the past, we are lucky if now there exists just one Kahuna
in every field.
There are a few Kahuna still today, but they cannot be found
in the yellow pages. In the past every Hawaiian knew to find
the Kahuna at the eastern outskirts of the village.
Today, if asked, nobody will usually admit to even knowing
one. The Christian Churches long resistance and vocal avoidance
to the kahuna and the kahuna knowledge, is still deep seated
within many Christian oriented people.
The Kahuna Training was secret and reserved for Hawaiians
(Kanaka Maoli). Today many Hawaiians (Kanaka Maoli) themselves
are possibly not fully aware of the totality that they are
The old kahuna system of selection and subsistence payment
for the training has died out with the arrival of a marketing
society. Payment in ancient kahuna perspectives was exceedingly
high and demanding. This could include 600 pigs, 800 chickens,
500 dogs, 1000k of staple (Taro/Breadfruit/Sweet Potato),
500k of fish. Special herbs by the bushel, many cords of
wood for fire.
This being only payment to ensure the
change of life, betterment of health and warding off projected
negative thoughts. When it came to saving your life, the
payment became steep. "A
life for a life" meant that your son or your daughter
was to be payment.
This was usually welcomed by all families. After a few years
of service, the son or daughter, if qualified, would move
into the status of student and will now be a full recognised
member of the house of the kahuna. Thus acquiring the opportunity
to become a kahuna. Here, the status of the entire family
would rise to the level of kahuna, with all indemnities.