Keola And The Kahuna

Once upon a time in the small village of Keanae, on the windward side of Maui, there lived a boy named Keola. He lived in the traditional Hawaiian way and was very happy. His mother and father worked the land to grow vegetables and fruit for their family to eat, and of course coconuts to drink. Their life was very beautiful . . . almost like the flower that always seemed to grow with more color at their household than any where else in the village.

Keola worked too, and he was a very good boy, although he would sometimes sneak off and go fishing with the other boys of the village. There were times this would make his mother mad, if she needed his help in the gardener taro patch. Keola almost never got into trouble though, because his mother Anuhea could never really get very angry with anyone. Maybe she was just too busy to take the time . . . and Keola's father never got very mad either. Kaohu was always happy and could make fun of any situation even if he were the one who should get mad.

Keola's baby sister was the one who caused more work anyway, as she was always getting in the mud and making a mess. Keola would often take her down to the beach to keep her out of trouble, and there, without causing anyone trouble, they would play in the water and sun.

Now in those days, there weren't always schools, and children learned the ways of Life from their mothers and fathers and their relatives, from the time they couldn't even walk. They kept on learning more and more things until they were quite old in our view of things today. In those times a boy or girl was not an adult until they were already teaching their own children themselves. Sometimes even then, they would be considered children by their elders. All the people had a very great respect for the elders. They had a great respect for the Kahunas too.

The Kahunas were the keepers of the secrets, and the keepers of the knowledge. There was a Kahuna for healing and a Kahuna for boat building and a Kahuna for the flowers and just about everything. Each kind of Kahuna had a different kind of Kahuna name.

All the people would share in the bringing up of the children of the whole family that they called the Ohana. Most important of all was the Auntie. Your mother's sisters were always taking you for a whole day to give your own mother an easy day where she didn't have to keep an eye on you. Keola loved all of his aunties and always liked to visit their homes and have a good time with his cousins.

At the home of his one Aunt, lived his grandmother who was very old now, and had many many stories to tell. Keola loved to spend the whole morning listening to his tutu tell stories. Now, his tutu's cousin was a Kahuna La'au Lapa'au, and she healed many people with lomi lomi massage and herbs. She was always the one in charge of the Ho'oponopono when there was a family problem to be taken care of. Her name was Pua Malalo 'O Ka Anuenue, or "The Flower Under The Rainbow." Keola didn't know that it was the Kahuna Pua, who had given him his name, but soon he would be sent to talk with this tutu Kahuna to learn why he was given the name Keola.

One day after the morning meal of Poi and Limu Waiwaiole, with tomatoes and onions, Keola's mother sent him to fetch to big papayas to finish off their breakfast. When he returned from the papaya tree behind the garden, he could see his parents talking and looking at him. He knew that he was going to be asked to do some work in the taro patch or some other odd chore.

When the papaya had been cleaned of its seeds and sliced up for everyone to eat, his father looked up from where he was eating his papaya and asked Keola if he could answer just one question for him before he went off togo fishing or playing with his cousins. "Tell me Keola," he said "what does your name mean? What is the meaning of Keola and why were you given that name?"

Keola was a smart boy and knew that if he answered right he would be allowed to go and play with his cousins. After all, everyone loved fish, and he was a good diver and often brought home enough fish for everybody! "Sure Father," Keola answered, "I am called Keola because that is the name that you chose for me when you found out that I was a healthy baby boy, but I don't really even know exactly what it means."

"Did you give me my name or did mother choose it?" His mother smiled while she cleaned up the peelings of the papaya, and said nothing at all, as if to keep a secret. "What about it Anuhea," his father said, "Did you give this boy his name? Was it you who call him Keola?"

She looked up with a wide grin on her face as though she had just made a very good joke. Keola was confused, and looked first at his mother's face, then at his father's face. Then he started to laugh and his baby sister laughed too. They were all laughing at this very funny joke, for who was it after all, who had given him his name? "Well then, who did give me the name Keola anyway?" he said.

"It was your Tutu's cousin, the Kahuna Pua, who gave you your name Keola. She gave me my name too, and your Mother's and Sister's as well. She gives many people their names. They have a magic effect on you! You'd better go and see her today boy. She is getting very old and you might be too late to find out what your name really means, and then the magic will be lost forever."

"Why didn't you tell me before? My goodness you should have told me! It might be too late!" Keola stood up and everyone was laughing all over again. "I should go and see her today!"

"Well," his mother said, "She might be busy so you better go and see your tutu and ask her to see if you can see the Kahuna today. I guess you're old enough now to understand. Do you think you are old enough to go and see the Kahuna La'au Lapap'au?"

"Well I had better try at least!" said Keola, and with that he got up and started to run toward the house of his Auntie.

"Wait Keola!" his father said, "You can't go empty handed. You had better take your relatives some fresh vegetables from the garden and a bottle of coconut sap for your Tutu. Don't be in such a rush.  You'll cause yourself bad luck. Just take it easy. Be sure and wash the vegetables so they look good. You can choose whatever you wish. And you should offer to pound poi at your Auntie's house if she wants you to. You're older and stronger than your cousins, so you should offer to do it."

With that said, his father laid back to take a quick nap before he went to the taro patch to work. His mother was playing with his baby sister Luana.

Keola went right away to get three papayas from one tree and two from another. They always had lots of papayas and he knew that they would be appreciated by his relatives. They didn't have so much food because their family just couldn't work the land like his mother and father could.  He then went to the garden and picked carrots and cucumbers and onions, all of which he loved. He was glad that the Mission teachers had given his family the seeds and the knowledge to grow vegetables. He wondered what life would be like without this wonderful and colorful food.

Last of all, he went to one of his sweetest coconut trees, where the sap still hung from the top of the tree by a long twine. He untied two bottles of the sap for his Tutu.

Keola was very good at making the sap and he knew that it was because he was very careful in cutting the end of the flower stem and keeping his knife both sharp and clean. Everybody loved the coconut sap and when there was a lot of it, the older boys would take an extra bottle or two to make the intoxicating beverage that his own father liked on special occasions.  He sat quietly in the shade of the big breadfruit tree and pulled off the leaves of a coconut frond to weave a big basket. He would use it to holdall of the fruit and vegetables he had gathered and washed. He counted out the number of leaves he needed for weaving and then pulled back on the place where they were joined together . . . an equal number for each side and two sets to complete the whole basket.

All of his hurry seemed to melt away as he wove the basket. Over and under, over and under over and under. The basket began to take shape.  As he held the braided handle with his toes he did his best to keep the basket even so that. It would look nice and round when he filled it with the fruit and vegetables. As he tied the braided ends together to make the handle, he looked up into the breadfruit tree and saw a beautifully ripe breadfruit. That will add a big spot of green to this basket, he thought.  He climbed up, and using the long pole that was always kept in the tree and proceeded to twist the breadfruit loose at its stem. He heard it hit the ground below him with a thump.

When he got down, he used a stick to knock the stem off the breadfruit and he tossed it over at the base of the tree. This would insure that the tree would always produce lots of fruit. Keola always respected the ways of the old ones, for they knew best. It was always good to respect the life in the trees and the plants, just like as if they were people. He washed the white sap off the breadfruit and placing it in a big leaf. He then put it in the basket with all of the other things he had gathered.  Now he lifted the basket to see how heavy it was and he realized that it was a lot heavier than he had thought.

Keola didn't know how he would be able to carry such a big basket all the way to his Auntie's house. He pulled the braided handle up over his shoulder and tried to settle the weight of all the food in the middle of his back, but the breadfruit fell out and rolled away from him.

"You'd better go and wash that off again, Keola. I don't know why you put together a basket which was too big for you to carry."  His mother was standing behind him with the two bottles of coconut sap that he was about to forget. "I'll help you carry this stuff over there, so go and wash the breadfruit. And be quick about it, I don't have all day to play like you!"

When Keola came back, he took one side of the handle of the basket and his mother took the other side. They walked down the little lane that led toward the village and his Auntie's house.

When they got to the house near the end of the rocky part of the beach, they turned toward the shed where his uncle was busy working on the ropes that held the big canoe together. His uncle was a busy boat builder and always had to work hard to keep up with all the projects his friends and neighbors gave him to do.

"Anuhea! How good to see you and Keola too. What have you got in the basket? Boy would I love to have some papaya right now. Gee, you folks sure know how to grow beautiful fruit. Let me call Kiele. She just went inside." With that he yelled her name in the direction of their big Lanai that went all around the house. Kama was such a good carpenter that everyone in the village had asked him to make something or other for their homes. When he did the work, it always looked just right.

The Kahuna Pua Malalo 'O Ka Anuenue

Kama called Kiele again, but she was already coming out of the house with a big teapot in her hands. At Kama's house, they had no one who wanted to make the coconut sap, so Kiele was always making tea to drink. She would always put a few lime leaves in the tea to make it have that special taste. Their family had a little more money than Keola's family did, because Kama was quite successful as a carpenter and one of Keola's cousins worked for the poi factory as a manager and was paid a good deal of money.

Keola was sorry that they didn't have anyone to make coconut sap because he knew that his tutu Mamo really preferred the sweetness of coconut sap to sugar . . . but at least they could afford to by sugar anyway.

Kiele called one of her daughters to bring cups and they sat down together, all of them, on the Lanai. The Lanai, (the Hawaiian name for an open air porch) was always a meeting place for family and friends. For those who were not so close as one's relatives, they didn't really have to enter your house. For the close friends and relatives, it was always cooler on the Lanai anyway.

"Oh look, Kama! Look at all of the stuff they have brought us!" "We'd love you anyway, but with all this fruit and vegetables, we really love you!" Everyone laughed at Kiele's remark and as she poured out the tea the smell of the lime leaves entered Keola's nose with pleasure.  Like his tutu Mamo, Keola preferred the soft sweet taste of the coconut sap, but this tea was very special.

"So, what are you folks doing out our way today?" Kiele smiled at Keola when she asked, and he could tell that she must have already known what he was out to do. The whole thing must have been cooked up in advance. This was the way his mother and her sister were. They always knew what was going on . . . ..

Keola didn't answer, but just looked out over the edge of the Lanai at the waves coming ashore, in the distance. He knew that he would be asked to explain, but he figured he would play right along anyway.

"Well I just helped Keola bring the basket over," Anuhea said, "he has something that he is going to do today."

Keola knew that he might as well tell what everyone else must already know. So he told his Auntie that he had brought his tutu Mamo two bottles of Coconut sap, and that he was going to ask her to see if he could go and visit the Kahuna Pua today.

"What are you going to see her about, Keola?" said Kama,  "Do you have a pain somewhere?" Then Kama suddenly stood up and held his back, then his knee, and then he cupped his hand over his Okole (his behind). He turned round and round until everybody was laughing.

Keola was a little embarrassed, but just answered up that he had been told that it was time for him to understand the meaning of his name.  He was going to learn why the Kahuna Pua had called him Keola.

"Well you came on the right day Keola," Kiele said, "because your tutu Mamo is going to visit the Kahuna this very morning. In fact she may have already gone . . . you'd better go around back to her room and see if she left without you."

Keola knew that this whole thing was a plan, but he didn't waste any time going around the house to where his tutu Mamo had a room to herself.  He was happy to see her as he rounded the corner. She was sitting on her own Lanai, and no doubt, waiting for him.

"Oh good, you've come at last. Let's go right now because I'm tired of waiting for you. Now Keola, where have you put the Coconut sap?  You need to have something to give to Pua. You don't want to go empty handed do you?"

With that Keola knew that he had been just a little part of a big plan that his mother and Auntie had set up. He ran again around the house to get the bottles of Coconut sap.

He held out his hand and his mother just smiled and handed him both bottles. "You can bring more for these folks later. Take these to the Kahuna Pua, and be very polite now. Listen to everything that she has to tell you. I'll be going home in a little while. When you've walked your tutu Mamo home, you can go swimming or whatever you want."

Keola and his tutu Mamo walked slowly. They went by the path that went under the breadfruit trees so that they wouldn't get so hot in the direct sunlight.

The place where the Kahuna Pua lived was very beautiful. It was where the little stream came down the mountain side and formed a small pool.  From there it meandered on down through the waterways that were the source for the poi fields all over the Keanae and Wailua area. It was very good that the Kahuna was living at the source of the water. In that way, she could then take care of all the people by taking care of their water.

As they arrived, they could see nobody around. "Tell me Tutu,"  said Keola, "does she know that we are coming?"

"I almost always know when someone is coming Keola. And if it is someone that I really want to see, than, I get them flowers and fruit."

Keola was very surprised but he just smiled back and held out the two bottles of Coconut sap. "Here Kahuna Pua, these are for you from my Tutu and Me. I am very glad to see you today. How are you?"

She placed the basket she was holding on the table next to Keola and gave him the ripe mango. Then she took the two bottles of Coconut sap and hung them behind her on a branch that had been cut off like a hook.  "Thank you very much Keola! I love the taste of Coconut sap. Aloha to you and your tutu! How are you Mamo. You don't come to see me very often anymore. Are you doing well?" She stepped over and gave Keola's tutu a big hug and kiss. Then she hugged and kissed Keola too.

"Won't you two have a seat here in the shade of this mango tree?  We must be relaxed and tell some stories, for really there is very little that is more important than story telling."

Keola remembered that his parents had pointed out that nothing a Kahuna said was said by accident. You had to listen carefully to everything that was said so that you wouldn't forget what you were being told.

"Now Mamo, what is your grandson coming to see me about today?  And what about yourself? Do you want me to help you with any problems of your own?"

"I'm just fine Pua, but I do wish that I wouldn't wake up so early, I get tired of waiting for there to be any action around our house.  They all sleep so late you know."

"Well, Mamo maybe you need to sleep later too then. I'll doa Ho'oponopono for you and see if we can find someone to keep up at night to tell stories to. That might help you and help them too!"

Keola watched the two old women, and he could see that they might be about the same age, but the Kahuna Pua was much more healthy that his tutu Mamo. She seemed to have a special air of peace about her. He found that he was very comfortable around her, even though he knew that some people were afraid of the Kahunas. They could do magic and make things happen in a way that regular people count not.

"So what is this boy going to learn from me today? Did you want me to tell him some story in particular?"

"Well Pua, we were wondering if he was old enough to learn what his name was all about. Keola you know is a pretty big name and none of us have ever told him what it means or why he was given that name. He is a good boy and always brings me Coconut sap from his sweetest trees. Do you think that he is old enough for you to tell him the meaning of the name 'Keola'?"

"Do you know what the word 'Ola' means, Keola?", Pua said.

"No, Kahuna Pua, I don't really know just what it means."

"Keola, just call me Pua. I don't need to be reminded that I am a Kahuna. After all, I'm just Pua to many people, and at least to my own g grandson, I must certainly be just your tutu Pua."

"Yes Pua." Keola answered with a smile.

"Ola is a very big word, because it means 'Life and all that Life is'. It means health, well being, salvation, and all the things that Life is as we see them. The name Keola means all of these things too. It means also the force behind life and the ability to share life and well-being with all those who come in contact with you. If we were to look at life as being like light, then when there is light everything in the presence of that light is affected by it. Do you understand?"

"I think so, but I'm not sure." Keola was thinking very fast about all the things that were coming to his mind. He could see the image of flowers in the sunlight. How beautiful they were, and how they smelled of life and happiness. "Do you mean like the flowers and how they make everyone feel good?" Keola picked up on of the flowers in the basket on the table and held it in the sunlight.

"Yes Keola, what do you feel like when you look at the colors in the flower you are holding in your hand? How can you understand yourself when you see a flower, which is so different from what you are?"

"Well I can see that I am different from the flowers. Like this bird of paradise flower here: it is orange and purple and has a green stem, but I am not altogether different. I have colors too. My skin is brown and my hair is black, but my tongue is red and my teeth are white. I have many colors just like the flower has many colors." Keola turned the flower over and over in the sunlight and he looked back at Pua . . . She nodded as if to say for him to go on. "Well, when I look at the flower in the sunlight, it is different from when it is in the shadow. When I am in the sunlight, I look different too. When I go swimming in the ocean, I look all shinny, and when I work in the taro patch I look like dirt. So if life is supposed to be like light, then there must be many kinds of life to see, even for one flower and even for me."

"You are very smart Keola, and you will live up to your name, as long as you don't forget to remember that you have a lot of things to live up to. Let's drink the Coconut sap and listen to the waterfall for a minute. The waterfall talks to me you know! Do you believe that?"

Keola's tutu Mamo laughed a little and looked over at Pua. She was very amused by the shocked look on Keola's face.

"You know, it doesn't talk with words Keola. I don't try to listen for words. Words are what people talk with, but what the waterfall has to say is not the same as what people have to say. Listen and see if my waterfall will talk to you too."

The Unihipili The Uhane and The Aumakua

As they walked over to where Pua had laid out a beautiful Moena (sitting mat), she took the two bottles of Coconut sap from the hook.  When they reached the Moena, Keola and his tutu Mamo sad down and watched as Pua carefully placed the two bottles of Coconut sap into the cool water at the side of the pool. There was a stake in the grass to hang the bottles on, so they wouldn't slide in beyond reach.

"They will be cool in a little while and we can sit here and listen to my waterfall. Meanwhile we'll just sit here and wait for a while.  You know Keola almost everything important in our Hawaiian way, starts with a little quiet time when we take in the Ha. Even the word Aloha has this meaning. Ha means to breathe, and Aloha can mean the breath of God, or the breath of the oneness of all of Life. That is something you should know. When we take in the Ha in the ritual way before we do the Ho'oponopono and other important Pule (prayer forms), we breathe in slowly and hold our breath after we're filled up with air. Then we breathe out slowly and hold our breath when we're out of air too. In this way we show respect to the universe that is all around us, because we're not in a hurry to breathe in and out. We show that we would rather hold on to Life."

Pua smiled over to Mamo, and Keola knew that perhaps the Kahuna had told this same story to many others while his old tutu Mamo sat and listened to her tell it, over and over. They were not just cousins. They were old and good friends. They had seen many people grow up in their care and teaching.  Keola's own mother and father had been taught many things by these same two women, and Keola knew that what he was being told, he would some day be expected to tell others so that they might also understand.

"Now, Keola, before we go on, I must ask you one question first.  Where did you get the name Keola anyway? Who gave you that name?"

Keola's mouth dropped in shock. After all the people who had made such a joke about his name, was it true that the Kahuna Pua didn't really give him his name after all?

"But Pua, wasn't it you who gave me the name? They all said it was you. You must have given me the name. Didn't you?" Keola was very sure that she must be playing a joke with him or something.

"No, Keola. It was not me that gave you your name. Your name came from the 'I'!"

"What do you mean the 'I'? Do you mean you?"

"This is the story that I have to tell you today, Keola. But before I can tell you about the 'I', we must do the Ha. Now, remember that we do the Ha to relax and show our affection for the Life all around us.  And you haven't even tried to listen to my waterfall talk to you yet either.  Don't worry about who gave you your name. It was, after all me who told your parents what your name was, but the 'I' was the one who told me. You will be able to listen to the 'I' if you listen to my waterfall. So just be quiet for a few minutes and do the breathing. Do it just like I told you how to do it, and we will see how it is. Remember now, don't be in a hurry, because you are showing your respect for Life when you take in the Ha."

"Enjoy the moment of peace and let yourself go with the flow of things. The water is falling over my waterfall, and the Coconut sap is cooling in the pool over there, and we must relax and close our eyes for just a little while, and show our respect for this beautiful place.  Is that O.K. with you Keola?"

Keola closed his eyes and made himself comfortable. Before he closed his eyes though, he looked about him at the beauty of this place that his tutu Mamo and the Kahuna Pua knew so well from so many years of experiencing it. He loved this place as though he had been here many times. It felt like a favorite place to him, although, he wasn't even sure that he had really ever been here before. Just at that moment the sun came out from behind a white puffy cloud and the mist of the waterfall made a beautiful little rainbow over the silhouette of his tutu Mamo and Pua. Their eyes were already closed and they looked as if they were asleep or dreaming, and Keola quickly closed his eyes too.

The time went by slowly, and Keola watched the colors behind his eyes where the sunlight and shadows of the trees overhead made patterns on his closed eyelids. He listened to the sounds of the waterfall and he wondered if it was really talking to the Kahuna Pua as she said. He listened hard to all the sounds that he could here, because he wanted her waterfall to talk to him too.

Keola forgot how long it was that he had been sitting quietly enjoying all that sounds and light patterns that he saw and heard. When he heard the sound of the two bottles of Coconut sap clink together like a little bell, his body jumped and he opened his eyes.

"So you really do like Life then, Keola. We wondered if you would ever wake up!"

His tutu Mamo was looking over at him with a big smile as she arranged three 'Jimangos' (coconut shell cups) on the mat. Pua then poured out the pale white fluid from the Coconut sap bottles. This was his favorite way to drink the coconut sap. From a tin cup or even from a china teacup that sweet sap seemed to loose its flavor, but from a Jimango, it was just wonderful.

"Well, my waterfall said that she was talking to you, but she didn't know if you were listening. Did you hear her talking to you?"

"Pua, I could hear the sound of the waterfall and it was very beautiful, but I don't know what it was saying. How can I tell what the waterfall was saying to me?"

"You don't need to know, Keola, your Unihipili was listening and he will know. Do you know about the Unihipili, the Uhane, and the Aumakua?"

"Well, I know that the Aumakua are the Gods. Is that right?"

"I guess that some people put it that way, but you will learn now, how I use that word just a little differently. I will tell you about all three parts of the human form. Each of us has all three of these parts within us, and you need to know about them, before you can understand the 'I'."

Keola sipped on his cup of coconut sap and was amazed at how cool it had become in the short time it had been in the water, of course, he wasn't too sure just how long that had been. He had counted the first two or three Ha, and then he forgot to count from that point on. He figured that he may have been there longer than he had thought. Keola sipped again at the cool liquid in his Jimango.

"Each and every one of us has three parts. There is the little baby inside, where we get our feelings from; like when we get angry, happy or sad. Then there is the part of us that can't stop talking. When we use words, and when we are thinking, we are using the Uhane, Keola. But when we are happy without words to express it, then we are using the Unihipili.  When we know what is right and what is wrong, we are using our Aumakua.  The Aumakua is how we are connected to each other and to the past where all of our ideas come from.

This is hard to understand, because the little Unihipili is the one who has all of the Mana, but the Uhane is the boss. At least the Uhane acts like it's the boss, even though you cannot get in touch with the 'I' until you talk to the Aumakua. It is like having a Father, a Mother, and a Son all in one, inside of each of us. Do you see what I mean?"

"No, Pua. I don't understand what you mean at all. How can I have my father and my mother in me when they are out there in them at the same time?"

"Well, Keola, if it were not for the love between your father and mother, could you be here right now? They were the two who came together to make you, and even then, they could not have made a human form if it had not been the will of the 'I'."

"You mean that you had to give them permission?"

"No, Keola. I wasn't speaking of myself, I was speaking of the 'I'. I could have said the Universe, or God, or the Life that is all around us, and in us each and everyone. But it gets to be a very long story if every time I want to talk about the oneness of all things, I have to describe it. We like to call this the 'I', because it makes it easier to talk about.  We just call it the 'I', so that it is different from the little 'i' which is inside each of us. The big 'I' and the little 'i'. Do you see how it works? I am here, but I am over there with you too, because we are both people. I am here because I am from this world, but I am over there where the sun comes from, because I can feel the warmth of the sun within me.  We are one together. We are all the 'I'."

Keola looked puzzled again and then he seemed to find the answer somehow.

Mamo looked Keola in the eyes and said, "When you are in the taro patch you look like your father, and when you are with the flowers, you look like you mother, and when you are in the sunlight you look like the 'I'. Do you see, Keola?"

"I think so. Do you mean that I look like the 'I'?

"We all look like the 'I' all of the time, Pua said. When the waterfall talks to me, she talks with the words of the 'I', and I listen with the ears of the 'I'. These things are with us always. The Unihipili carries the Mana, which is the Life Force that the 'I' gives to each of us. The 'I' gives Mana to each and every thing as well. It goes all the way out to past the last star, and connects to you from your insides through the Unihipili. You're never out of touch with the 'I' Keola. That is why we can all say, 'I am the I'.

Transmute To Light And Cut All Aka Cords

"Pua, if we are all the 'I', then what makes us so different?"  Keola had a confused look on his face. "Where do we end up with so many things that don't look the same?"

"All the flowers in every garden look the same if they are the same kind of flower, but when you look real close, they each have their own special shape and color. We are just like that too. We each have our own Mana. It is the Mana given to us by the 'I'."

"So when I'm alive, I'm alive differently than you are Pua?  To me, we both seem to be alive and I can't see where the difference is."

"The difference is very obvious! You are young, and I am old.  You are a little boy and I am a woman. These things we can all see, but where the real difference is, you may not see at all. I admit that we are both alive, but why are we here anyway. Why has the 'I' given you the name Keola, and why are you so interested in knowing what it means. It's the 'Why' that is different. That's where the real difference comes between your life and mine. Why do you live, Keola?"

"I don't know, Pua. I feel alive and I want to be alive, but I don't know why I'm alive. I never gave it any thought. I don't know why I'm alive, I just know that I am."

"The 'I' knows why you're alive, Keola!" Mamo smiled as she said this to Keola, and she poured out some more coconut sap.

"That's right, Keola. Your tutu Mamo know that the 'I' knows all about you, and so do I. We know that the 'I' has a purpose for each and every thing in all of the Life everywhere in the world. I think that you know this is true too. Do you think that it's true, Keola?"

"Yes, Pua. I know that everything has its purpose, but that still doesn't help me to know why I'm here."

"Well, sure it does, Keola. It helps a whole lot if you know that you're here for a good reason which the 'I' knows. All you have to do is to ask the 'I' to let you do the right things. That's very easy.  You just talk to your Unihipili, because your Unihipili knows why you're here too!"

"What do you mean, Pua?"

"What I mean is, that when you do the right thing, you will know it, because you will feel good. When you make a mistake, you will be able to feel that too. There is nobody who really likes to make mistakes,  and the Unihipili will always know when you're doing something wrong. Your Unihipili is your little friend, and with the Mana, it can tell you what you need to know, when you need to know it."

"Will it always tell me what I need to know, Pua?"

"Your Unihipili loves you very much and will always want to tell you what you want to know. But if it is afraid of you, it might be afraid to tell you anything at all. You have to remember that the Unihipili is like a baby, and you have to treat it very well. You need to love your Unihipili and talk to it really nice. When you are mad at the things you do when you make a mistake, you cannot blame your Unihipili. Sometimes it is just too afraid to tell you what to do. It will always give you a feeling, to let you know, but if the Uhane won't listen, then you might make the mistake anyway. You can't blame the Unihipili."

Mamo smiled over at Keola and said, "Keola, just treat it like a little brother who doesn't know any better. It will do all the work for you, and be happy to do it too! But if you make it afraid of you, then it won't be able to tell you anything. It will get into more and more trouble, just like a little child. Be good to your little friend, and talk to him with great affection. We must work together with our Unihipili. That's how it works."

Keola was silent for a minute, and then he took a sip of his coconut sap and asked a question that he had been holding back for some time. "If it is so easy to do as you say, then why do many big people get into trouble.  Why do they fight with each other, and have unhappiness and those kinds of things?"

"Keola, not everybody believes, or even knows about the Unihipili. When the Uhane is very strong, then what we think with words takes over and the little Unihipili feels very sorry and afraid. It is not easy to remember everything that has ever happened to you in your whole life, but the Unihipili has to remember. It is not easy to be able to remember everything that has ever made you mad or afraid or upset, but the Unihipili has to remember. Sometimes there is so much work to the remembering, that the little Unihipili wants to close its eyes and ears and go away. That's when people get out of control with themselves, and forget to be who they really are. That's when people do terrible things, but the poor little Unihipili still has to remember those things anyway. Even so, it still loves you."

"Your little Unihipili is your very best friend," Mamo lowered her voice, "and the little Unihipili isn't your only friend, Keola . . . " she looked over at the Kahuna Pua.

"Yes, Keola, the Unihipili can call the Aumakua to come and help you when you are in trouble. The Aumakua all love you too. They will do anything that the Unihipili asks them to do. You have a lot of help when you need help, but you can't just yell for help and get it! Your voice will just float away with the wind. But when your Unihipili calls the Aumakua, then the help is there in an instant. The Aumakua are your guides and your teachers. They know the will of the 'I' and they know why you are here.  They want to help you to do the right thing. You have lots of help, Keola.  You have only to learn your name, and sharing the force of Life with all those who come in contact with you. This is why I was directed to tell you that the 'I' gave you the name Keola. You can be one of the special people who can call the power of the 'I' within you to help yourself and to help others too. This is a very big name that you have and we want you to live up to your name."

"Oh, Pua, I don't know how to live up to ma name. How will I be able to do all of these things you're talking about? How will I know what to do?"

"You will need to know how to talk to the 'I' within you, Keola. Everybody needs to know this, but for you, it is very important, because this is part of why you are who you are. It is what your name means! Don't you want to live up to your name, Keola?"

"Yes, I do, but it seems like so much work. I don't know how I will know what to do. What will I do?"

Pua smiled at Keola and let a little space of time pass in silence.  Maybe she was taking one of the Ha breaths. "Listen to me, Keola, I want you to really remember this for yourself, and for anyone you every help. The most important thing to remember is that you don't need to worry.  Just don't worry! There is the 'I' within you and all you have to do is to remember that, and you will never have to worry. It is so easy."

Mamo smiled at her grandson too. She knew the feeling of his fear, but she knew that he would learn many things to help him along the way and she wasn't worried at all. "Keola, don't even think about what you will have to do. Does the water that is flowing over the waterfall over there think about the fall? Let it flow . . . let it flow. You will learn many many things to help you. You never need to worry, just let it flow."

"Today, I will help you to feel that you have something to work with, Keola. Today I will tell you the secret of Ho'oponopono. With Ho'oponopono, you will never have to worry again. You can always help people who need help. Ho'oponopono is very easy, if you let it be easy."

"Oh, thank you tutu Pua, I know that you will help me to live up to my name." Keola felt somehow, much better. He took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and listened to the sound of the waterfall. He listened with pure joy. He didn't try to hear anything, he just listened and listened.

"Just keep your eyes closed, Keola . . . " Pua said, "and let your eyes paint colors for as I talk to you. Breathe deep and listen to me and I will tell you about Ho'oponopono."

Mamo closed her eyes too, and smiled. She loved this part and wouldn't pass it up for anything.

"When you have a problem, or someone else tells you of their problem, you just relax and take in the Ha. Take seven Ha if you have the time, but even one is enough if you need to hurry. Then you tell your little Unihipili that there is trouble. You tell your little Unihipili that there is trouble. You tell him that you would like to ask him please, to help you. Always ask him very nicely, to do you this favor. He will never turn you down, but you must always ask him to show respect. Your little Unihipili is like a helpless child, but he has all of your Mana and you must remember to always respect him.

When you have taken the Ha and asked your Unihipili for help, then you start the Ho'oponopono by asking the 'I' to forgive you if you have been wrong or if you have caused any trouble yourself. You ask the 'I' to make the trouble turn into light. Once it is light there will be no more trouble, you will be in touch with the 'I' within you. Then you can ask that all the Aka cords be severed and cut free."

Without opening his eyes, Keola asked, "What are the Aka cords, Pua?"

"The Aka cords are how we are connected to all the other people and places everywhere we have ever been. You ask that you get yourself disconnected . . . you ask to be set free. Since you are asking your Unihipili to help you, then you say, 'We ask that this be done, and it is done!'  As soon as you have said this you are forgiven, and then you can ask for a Ho'oponopono for the problem that you are working on.

When you have been forgiven yourself, then all you have to do is to ask for a Ho'oponopono, for those whom you're trying to help. Remember that you must ask for the forgiveness for them as well. This is an important part of the way we do it, so that everything is clean.

You simply ask for a Ho'oponopono and ask that if there is any unwanted negativity or unwanted energy of any kind between you and what ever your problem is, that it be transmuted to Pure Divine Light. It's as easy as that. Just transmute all the unwanted energy to Pure Divine Light, and cut all Aka cords. When you say 'We ask that this be done, and it is done!  Boom! It will happen. Now, you should ask for the Ho'oponopono in the name of the Divine Creator: The Father, Mother, and Son as One. This is to make it clear that you are asking it of the 'I'.

For a woman she would ask for the Ho'oponopono in the name of the Divine Creator: The Mother, Father and daughter as One. These words are not really that important, however, because actually you are asking the Divine Creator: the Aumakua, the Uhane, and the Unihipili as one. Do you understand?"

Keola opened his eyes, and said, "Tutu Pua, I don't know if I can remember all of that. Isn't there any easier way?"

Both of the women giggled a little at Keola's concern. "Remember, Keola, don't worry! Your Unihipili will remember. I know that this is a lot of information all at once, but I have a way that will help you, so just don't worry." She patted Keola on the shoulder and they all laughed together, and the waterfall seemed to be laughing with them.

The Pillar of "I"

"O.K. Keola, now just close your eyes again, and this time take in a real big Ha, and relax as much as you can. Just listen to the image that I give you. You can paint the colors with your inside eyes.  The eyes that we see real things with, are only our outside eyes, but we have eyes for the inside too. When you use the inside eyes, you can seethe things that the 'I' can see. Relax now and help me to make the picture for you to remember.

Have you ever been out on the kind of day when it really wants to be sunny, but every now and then a rain cloud comes by and covers over the sun?"

Keola smiled and answered, "Yes, I love those days, because you can always smell the rain before it comes."

"Well think of a day like that, and then remember how it looks when the sun finds a hole in the sky. It shines through that hole like a tube of light. That usually happens at an angle. Where the light hits the ground, the color of the area that it hits, seems to have a special intensity. The color is more clear and beautiful there than at any other place where the light is more pale in the shadow of the clouds.

When you want to make a Ho'oponopono, but you don't have enough time, or you can't remember all of the words that you are supposed to say, then just think of that special kind of light. The light which comes through a rain cloud. Make believe that you can see that kind of light coming downright over the people you want to help. Can you make that kind of picture with your inside eyes? Can you do it?"

"I can do it! It is just like I'm seeing it right now! I can see a big piece of white and gold light coming down on us right here this very minute. It's great, Pua. I can really see it!"

"Very good, Keola. This is what we call the Pillar of 'I'. When you have an emergency and you need to be quick about your Ho'oponopono, then you just take one Ha breath, and put the Pillar of 'I' right down over your problem. Now don't forget that you must still learn to finish up with a real Ho'oponopono. You must ask for your Unihipili to help you to get forgiveness, and then to cleanse, purify, release, and transmute to Pure Divine Light any unwanted energy. You must also ask that all Aka cords be cut free too! These things are not hard to remember. With a little practice you can easily remember all of the rest of the Pule as well. It will be much more powerful when you use it the right way. You will learn.

Now, before you open your eyes, I want you to practice a little more work with your inside eyes. See if you can follow along as I tell you about the bath of Pure Light.

When we bathe ourselves . . . and don't forget that the Pillar of 'I' and any part of the whole Ho'oponopono process must include yourself. . . we bathe ourselves with Lure Divine Light. We can also use colors as well as the Divine White Light.

First we use Indigo Light, which is the blue like what we see when we look out to the ocean on a clear day. A very deep deep blue. This Light is for cleansing and comes first, so make the Pillar of 'I' change colors now and become Indigo Blue Light. Can you see it?"

"Well, I'm not sure of the color, but I see a blue color coming through the cloud where the sunlight was before."

"Don't worry about what kind of color you see. If you think Indigo Blue, the 'I' will give you the right color. You must see and feel it all around you.

Next we use the color of emeralds. The emerald green color is just as pure and rich a color as the blue was. A beautiful brilliant green like the best quality of emerald."

"I have never seen an emerald, Pua. I don't know if I have the right color."

"Well, it's like I said, you can leave that up to the 'I'. It is the clear green color like the fresh new leaf of the healthy taro plant.  This color is for healing the problem you are dealing with, so make this color very beautiful and full of Life.

After the green color, you want to change it again to a different kind of blue. We call it ice blue, and I know that any of the ice that you may have seen isn't blue. It's just a name. It's the blue color of the ocean near to shore where it is very clear, but a light kind of blue than out in the distance. The reason we call it ice blue, is that it is cool like the fresh water in a mountain waterfall. This color is to soothe and relieve any pain of the problem. It feels really good like when you're hot and run off into the surf to cool off.

When you change the color for the last time, you change it to the color of the sea foam in sunlight. It's almost yellow, but it's really just very very white. It is the Pure Divine Light, and has all of the other colors of the rainbow within it. This is the most special color of all, and it's what the 'I' gives us to fill the problem with Pure Peace, and Joy, and Happiness. It is the last part of the Pillar of 'I', and by the time you come to it, things are already getting better.

Now don't forget, that for yourself or for others, the Uhane may have scared off the little Unihipili, so it may take a while to work. If you have the time and you try to remember to do the whole Ho'oponopono, it will never fail to help. If it cannot help others whom you want to help, then at least it will help you to feel the freedom of release from their problems. You have to work on yourself first, if you want to help others.

One more thing which you can also do. Surround the trouble, no matter what it is . . . people things or feelings, with a band of gold light.  Let the band expand both up and down from the middle, until it is like a great big bubble of gold light, with whoever or whatever you are working on inside. Then you can leave it up to the 'I' to use whatever color of the rainbow it needs for the inside.

Keola opened his eyes, and saw that the Kahuna Pua was watching him.  "I think that I can do it, but I will have to practice a lot."

"Well that's good," said Mamo, "the more practice you get, the more good you will do!"

"Well, I usually only do the light stuff after I have made a whole Pule. When we do it in the ritual way, we use a little bit of water and actually sprinkle a few drops on each of the people we are working on. I do this while I say the words that make the whole thing more formal.  You know how we kahunas are, we like to keep the tradition."

With that she reached over to the edge of the water and flipped up a splash which gently washed Keola's face. Keola's startled face made the two old women giggle again.

I can tell you, though, that if I'm unable to take the time, or if I don't have any water handy, I don't let that stop me. The image of these things in my inside eyes is just as strong as the real thing itself.

You don't even have to have the people right there in front of you.  You can do it for somebody way far away from here. You just pretend and do it with your inside eyes. It will work for them anyway. After all, when you for example, want to do it for your fear of not remembering all the words, where would you throw the water. You just image it in your inside eyes, and let it flow. Remember, just let it flow."

"Yes, Pua, I'll just let it flow."

Now Keola, went back to see his tutu the Kahuna Pua many times, and he heard many stories from his tutu Mamo as well . . . He learned many many things. Those stories are now the stories that we tell of the Kahuna Keola, who lives under the rainbow.

Somewhere under the Rainbow,
The Rainbow of Pure Divine Light,
There lives the Kahuna Keola,
Keola Malalo 'O Ka Anuenue.
Somewhere under the Rainbow,
The sound of Ho'oponopono can be heard.
Keola makes the way of Ho'oponopono,
He makes it with the Light and the Word.
Somewhere under the Rainbow,
The echo of Kahuna gone by,
Reflects the Light of Kahuna before,
Reflects the Light of the "I".
Somewhere under the Rainbow,
You and I will someday see "I".
Somewhere under the Rainbow,
With Keola, and Kahuna, and "I"

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