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The Seven Dawns of the Aumakua

The Ancestral Spirit Tradition of Hawaii

By Moke Kupihea

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United States, 03 March 2004
In Hawaiian spiritual tradition the sacred bond formed between the land and its people is reinforced in every new generation by the voices of the ancestors who pass on this inheritance. Just as elders are the intermediaries between these ancestral voices and the younger generations the 'aumakua of ancestral light acts as an intermediary between the living and the sacred land they inhabit. In THE SEVEN DAWNS OF THE AUMAKUA Moke Kupihea takes the reader on his journey from childhood to young manhood as he experiences what remains of the spirit of his ancestors and learns the importance of remembering. The descent of the aumakua and its spiritual link through the eyes sound voice touch people and breath constitute its seven dawns - the means by which the author is reawakened to his native tradition. The author's desire to know this tradition leads him as a young boy to seek out his kupuna - his elders the old men of the mountains - and learn from them the stories to be found in each feature of the landscape. These men and the people he meets as he grows older became his kahu - his ancestral guardians - who teach him to understand that the world of ancestral voices still speaks if only in a whisper. Learning how to hear these voices is the key for returning Hawaii to its proud spiritual path and learning to live mindfully and soulfully with the land and with all who have come before us. New edition of Kahuna of Light.

About the Author

Moke Kupihea is a direct descendant of Hiapo, kanohi ki nui, chief priest or high lord under Kalani opuu.

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" A unique insight into Hawaiian philosophy. Kupihea's spiritual journey is both exciting and rewarding. Throughout this odyssey he makes clear not only a deep understanding of Hawaiian spiritual beliefs but also his aloha for the traditions of his ancestors and his determination that these traditions shall not die. He has provided us a distinctive voice that speaks not only to Hawaiians but to all peoples whose traditional beliefs are threatened." " Highly recommended for all libraries." " A unique insight into Hawaiian philosophy. Kupihea has provided us a distinctive voice that speaks not only to Hawaiians but to all peoples whose traditional beliefs are threatened." " This is one of the best reference books on Hawaiian culture and traditions that I have ever seen. In my opinion, it very accurately reflects the spirituality of this most beautiful culture." " Kupihea writes eloquently about the destruction of Hawaiian spiritual values by the invasion of a new culture . . . and the key to returning to a spiritual balance with humankind and nature." " Moke Kupihea has the strength of conviction necessary to impart to the world a more sensitive account of Hawaiian kahuna heritage, which comes down to him from the priesthood line from which he descends." & quot; This is one of the best reference books on Hawaiian culture and traditions that I have ever seen. In my opinion, it very accurately reflects the spirituality of this most beautiful culture.& quot; & quot; Moke Kupihea has the strength of conviction necessary to impart to the world a more sensitive account of Hawaiian kahuna heritage, which comes down to him from the priesthood line from which he descends.& quot; & quot; A unique insight into Hawaiian philosophy. Kupihea's spiritual journey is both exciting and rewarding. Throughout this odyssey he makes clear not only a deep understanding of Hawaiian spiritual beliefs but also his aloha for the traditions of his ancestors and his determination that these traditions shall not die. He has provided us a distinctive voice that speaks not only to Hawaiians but to all peoples whose traditional beliefs are threatened.& quot; "Highly recommended for all libraries." ?A unique insight into Hawaiian philosophy. Kupihea has provided us a distinctive voice that speaks not only to Hawaiians but to all peoples whose traditional beliefs are threatened.? ?Kupihea writes eloquently about the destruction of Hawaiian spiritual values by the invasion of a new culture . . . and the key to returning to a spiritual balance with humankind and nature.? "Highly recommended for all libraries."--Glenn Masuchika, Library Journal, May 15,2001 "Kupihea writes eloquently about the destruction of Hawaiian spiritual values by the invasion of a new culture . . . and the key to returning to a spiritual balance with humankind and nature." "A unique insight into Hawaiian philosophy. Kupihea's spiritual journey is both exciting and rewarding. Throughout this odyssey he makes clear not only a deep understanding of Hawaiian spiritual beliefs but also his aloha for the traditions of his ancestors and his determination that these traditions shall not die. He has provided us a distinctive voice that speaks not only to Hawaiians but to all peoples whose traditional beliefs are threatened." "Moke Kupihea has the strength of conviction necessary to impart to the world a more sensitive account of Hawaiian kahuna heritage, which comes down to him from the priesthood line from which he descends." "This is one of the best reference books on Hawaiian culture and traditions that I have ever seen. In my opinion, it very accurately reflects the spirituality of this most beautiful culture." "Highly recommended for all libraries." & quot; Highly recommended for all libraries.& quot;

EAN: 9780892811441
ISBN: 0892811447
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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