Kawai'i employs the Bodywork as a medium of
further training in the basic Kahuna training to expand experience
and knowledge of Self and others, and their relationship.
Whereas training in Hawaiian massage is mostly through technique,
Kahuna Bodywork can only be learned through understanding
and application of Principle, through fundamental Kahuna
Kahuna Temple Style Bodywork
Kahuna (temple style) Bodywork was only understood and
done by a Kahuna or those trained by a Kahuna to highest
level of understanding (in principle, not in technique!).
To be able to use the word Kahuna in association with the
bodywork, one needed to have permission by the Kahuna. At
the beginning the work was called simply Hawaiian Bodywork,
later at highest level Kahuna Bodywork.
Kahuna Bodywork training is now available in various countries.
Australia is the only country to have the Kahuna
Bodywork courses, that Ki'a'i Ho'okahi and Kahu Abraham Kawai'i developed
over 2 years, Government accredited.
Kahuna Bodywork is not to be mistaken with the Hawaiian
family style of lomi lomi, or any other name given by Western
society. It is also strictly Hawaiian and not Polynesian,
which is a geographical area and not a name for a culture.
Since Kahu has started training non-Hawaiians in the 1960s,
(against the advice of the secretive Kahuna (Kanaka Maoli)
Guild, we have seen massage styles developed and named by
Western people, using, in part, the sacred steps of Kahi,
the first form of the Flight of the Navigator.
Trainings are facilitated by people who have never even met
a Kahuna and definitely never had any Kahuna Training, and
thus have never heard about the other 143 forms in performance
of the Flight and beyond. The Flight is filtering more into
all types of massage trainings. Hence a confusion of names
Bodywork training starts with Ka'alele
au, a dance or ‘flight’ with
the body on the table. This is the beginning of learning
to read the 'Script' of the body. Only when intent and purpose
get completely eliminated from the mind of the practitioner,
he will be called a performer, and the ‘flight’ will
The effects go far beyond the effects of massage.
At the beginning Kahuna Training is a martial art style
training in focus, use of Ki energy, movement, positioning
and leverage. Words in our language are too limited to express
further training in writing.
The training in its pure form is totally
in principle, never in technique, to enable the individual
to draw from their own genetically inherited knowledge.
It is a ‘physiologically
triggered psycho-spiritual transformation’, that enables
the performer to put aside western thinking and reasoning
to open up pathways to ancient genetic memories in the body.
Participants come from all walks of life, and many who
have done studies of Huna or other therapies, now find a
necessary foundation and valuable continuation in their learning.
Indeed, one suspects magic being a participant
in training or receiving Kahuna Temple-style Bodywork,
own dreamtime stories as timeless reality. A realm of self
where healing and psychic abilities become a side effect,
What attracted us when Kahu came to Australia in March
1989 (Mt.Warning) was an article we read somewhere about
Kahuna being able to mend broken bones instantly, without
any trace of the fracture visible on X-ray afterwards. How
convenient to be able to work to that effect in our General
Practice! So we went to learn.
First thing we learned was: this is not about other people,
this is about ourselves and the understanding that we have
of ourselves. Essentially, without understanding of self
there is no way of making others understand themselves. And
we are not talking intellectual understanding here. In fact,
Kahuna training is mostly non-verbal.
So instead of quickly learning how to
mend fractures instantly, we learned the basics of a movement
called 'Flying', (there is no other English word for this).
It was formulated and named by Kahu "A Physiologically Based Psycho-Spiritual
This comes out of the ancient Kahuna Navigation training.
It trained navigators to observe the birds in order to gain
knowledge about location of land and upper level wind direction,
it trained that by observing the currents, it gives the possibility
to move with the current instead of moving against it .It
trains that by observation without intent and judgment we
can know all there is.
© Ki'a'i Ho'okahi Weber