Hale O Ka'ili Heiau
William Iaukea took Kahuna Ali'i Wahine Kalei'iliahi to this very sacred heiau in Kohala currently called Hale O Ka'ili. When his father brought him there just after his return from Viet Nam it looked very different and did not have a name. There was more vegetation and his father would walk him through a path that led to this place. It is where Kamehameha Ekahi's mother Mo'i Wahine Keku'iapoiwa created a place of healing for all his wounded warriors and commoners alike during his effort to unite all the Hawaiian Kingdom. Willy said Keku'iapoiwa called all the various Kahuna with their different skills and specialties (those that worked with bones, la'au lapa'au, the herbal healers for example) to help heal them,…so great was her compassion. The Iaukea Family were the Kahu to Kamehameha and his 'Ohana, (family). Two of his ancestors were part of that group to protect them.
It was at this site, this heiau, that an attack from the Maui Chief, who was brother to the Chief of Hilo that Kamehameha was on his way from Kohala to do battle with. Everyone was killed, including Mo'i Wahine Keku'iapoiwa and her two Kahu, all the Kahuna, warriors and commoners…everyone. Those that were in the village just outside of this sanctuary fled in fear. Willy told Kalei that Kamehameha heard of this attack and returned to the site ordering everyone of them killed for they had abandoned his mother and all the others who were slain. Later Kamehameha ordered some other Kahuna to come and cleanse this site, to restore this Sanctuary of Healing.
Before Kalei'iliahi even arrived at this site she could feel the energy ahead of her about a mile out. She felt the powerful energy of all those slain and in some places could still hear the echoes' of their cries. But there was another energy she felt as she looked at the heiau…the sacredness of this place was unmistakable. She was overcome with emotion from deep inside she knew that the sacrifices made here were great. But it was the compassion of this great Mo'i Wahine that moved her the most. There was only one way she knew without thinking she could express the humility she felt in the presence of such as these that offered themselves…it was to kneel at the "entrance" (since originally Willy said there was none).
Within seconds William was at her side leaning down and speaking to her gently. This is how he describes it to her later:
"So powerful were the voices that have been with me for as far back as I can remember...so firm were their words as it was made into voice. Commanding me to speak it, holding me till the words were made to say to you to "stand up and not put yourself below them" to "come forward and sit with them, share with them, hold sacred the moment". They saw you coming from a long way...they know who you are. They see you are the reason your ancestors have existed, you are the ambassador representing and sharing all that comes to you…"
Kalei'iliahi stood up and walk into the sacred temple of healing and they both were moved to tears. Something very sacred had occurred for Willy told her that never before has he been told to stop others in their various ways of showing honor…till now. He showed her the stones marking their graves and introduced her to his "Tutu", ancestral elders, as well as the beloved mother of Kamehameha. It was a deeply moving moment for Kalei and she could feel them around her, she also saw behind her many of the Kahuna Spirits standing around…watching her. She felt greatly honored for revealing their presence to her.
Kalei was shown another beautiful area that over looked the ocean. A powerful healing point where the water comes together and creates a spray. Willy said at times it is so high that it would come all the way up to where they were standing. She took time to allow herself the healing this magnificent spot offered from the ocean.
As she walked pass the burial site Willy showed her, she felt the Spirits of these three great ones beaconing her to come sit with them. In that private time with them, this is the exchange that occurred…Spirit to Spirit.
Hale O Ka'ili Heiau
CHANNEL: A Visit with Mo'i Wahine Ke-ku'i-apo-iwa and her two Kahu of the Iaukea Family
Kalei'iliahi hears the voices of the two Kahu of the Iaukea Family and
Ke-ku'I-apo-'iwa pulling her gently to come to be with them. She hears this in a unique way in that they are speaking to her in ancient Hawaiian and at the same time their 'Uhane is translating it into English.
William Iaukea gives her a chair then quietly steps away.
"Come, come, mai, mai, come sit with us a while. Let's talk, let's visit, all together."
"Tell me, what have you learned today?"
A single butterfly passes in front of Kalei. There are no other butterflies around.
Earlier when she and William spoke he said she was a butterfly coming out of her cocoon…that she was a butterfly.
Kalei'liahi replies: "That I am coming out of my cocoon. That I am a butterfly. That I have a rightful place here, that I belong."
Ke-ku'I-apo-iwa: "What will you do with this new knowledge?"
Kalei'liahi: "I will fly as a butterfly, in my own natural beauty and carry the songs in my heart on my wings. I will spread my sacred mana wherever I go."
There are two stone graves marking where the iwi (bones) of the two Kahu were. They begin to speak.
Kahu to the far left: "You have brought honor to this place. Do not forget this."
Kahu to the right: "Look at others in their eyes. Look straight into their eyes. This way they will see who you are and they will be able to find their way home.'
Ke-ku'i-apo-iwa: Your hands carry mana, not just as a healing touch but to create. Take that mana and pour it into the new visions you will depict in your art. Be prepared to take it to a whole new level. One you have never gone to. You carry secrets in your heart, you know. Put them into your art!"
They then all agree among themselves that this has been a good visit. (Smile)