Day of Remembrance (10/26/2008)

Aloha kakou!

Once again a Huna Holy Day is here. Today is the Day of Remembrance, which we celebrate on Kahuna Max’s birthday – October 26th. Before his death Kahuna Max asked to be remembered each year on his birthday, which has been done since.

As we did last year for the first time, this year we will remember our beloved Kahuna Nui Lani as well as the other Huna Kupuna and our own beloved dead.

It is the tradition of Huna to not dwell on the passing of our beloved into the Dreamworld, but to remember how are lives have been enriched because they were with us – no matter for how long. And we do this only one day a year. After all, they would want us to live happy lives, not dwell on the loss and suffering.

As Hunians, it is also our duty to those who came before us to honor them and feed them mana, which they need to “process” the lessons of their last lifetime. For the Dead cannont make mana. No new thoughts can be thought without mana. And so one cannot learn from mistakes wtihout mana. As Kahuna Lani used to say, “We are all mistkers!” so our Dead (and then we too) rely of the living to provide them with mana – every year. On the Day of Remembrance.

Awa ceremony at Day of Remembrance 2007

When we have learned all we can, and have greeted all whom we have loved, it will be time to be reborn – and continue the upward path of Evolutionary Consciousness – until we Graduate into na Auamakua – angelic beings.

So tonight, take some time to celebrate the Day of Remembrance:

  • Place a photograph of each of your beloved dead on your altar
  • Make a bowlful of `awa. Set aside a cup for yourself. If you have no `awa, you may use gin. The goddess Pele likes gin, btw.
  • Make a strong mana surchage and charge the remaining `awa. Pour a small cup of mana for each of your beloved dead in front of each photograph. Leave it there overnight.
  • Dip a finger into your cup of `awa and say/think – “All my relations” and drink it down. (don’t do this with gin – only with `awa) Then recall a story about each of your beloved dead. Be sure to remember something special about Lani, if you ever knew him – either in person, or from the phone or the Internet posts.

In addition to my parents, sister and a few friends and Huninans, I will be remember Kahuna Lani, and Kahuna Max, as well as Kahuna William and the other Huna Kupuna – Kahuna Fred, Kahuna Beau, Kahuna Vern, Lani’s mother and our canine companions.

You may experience a sense of them as they come into the room, enticed by the mana and your enduring love of them.

All my aloha,
Kahuna Keonaona

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