Interview with Ke Ola Magazine
Speaking the Language of Love - A conversation with Kahuna Kalei’iliahi
An interview by Cynthia Sweeney
"Our Kahuna, our indigenous elders, are our connection with where we came from, why we are here, where we are going. They have optimism about our spiritual evolution on this planet and how well things are going, despite what we see and hear in the news."
Kaleiʻiliahi is a “Current Kahuna” with an ancient message. She has a website and she frequents Facebook. She uses words like “quantum” in explaining how she thinks and observes the world, and muses that science is just now catching up with things the ancients have always innately known. She laughs often and is moved to tears easily, and when she talks about the ancients, especially Pele, her visage changes; her eyes take on a dark glow and there is an aura that commands attention and respect.
Born and raised on Oʻahu, Kahuna Kaleiʻiliahi spent 30 years in California. Her home now, in Orchidland, is filled with fairies and photos and precious, sacred relics from all over the world. It was raining, otherwise we would have sat under her banyan tree, “Miracle”, which plays a large role in her life. She talks here about her Christian upbringing on Oahu, her time living in San Diego, and how the new energy, a feminine energy, is affecting us on a global level.
You spent a long time living in California. What were you doing there, and what was it like coming home to Hawaiʻi?
I lived in California for nearly 30 years even though I was born Hawaiian. I’m a Hawaiian priestess born into this lineage. I did my spiritual work there for a long, long time, making trips back to see my family and connect with the land. My ancestors live inside me and they’re always with me. When they told me it was time to come home eight years ago, it was wonderful. But I asked them some questions. And one of them was ‘why was I there - instead of here - for so long?’
That’s where I was needed. Not just as a Hawaiian who carries the beautiful mana and aloha that we represent, I’m their ambassador. My role is to touch others with my love and to spread my sacred mana wherever I go. So to spread my sacred mana elsewhere, they had placed me where it was needed, and I didn’t understand this until I came home and answers began to come to me about why I had to go there.
Besides being a Lemurian energy that anchors a place, being a lighthouse in those places, I also got to learn about many different cultures and meet many different people from all over the world. I was exposed to so many different spiritual paths and I saw the common connection between all of us. Because when I would do my sacred ceremonies people would come in from their own cultures and do their own prayers. I always asked them to do their own prayers and speak in their own language. It was so beautiful. You would get the Hindus who do their prayer that way, and people from France would speak their language and I would learn that these different people all had a way to honor the creator (tearing up) it’s so emotional to think about this because it was so beautiful. The love of god isn’t exclusive to anyone, it’s for all of us. And everyone had a beautiful way of expressing it.
So then, I was introduced to many different metaphysical books and things and people and I couldn’t get enough of it. I was just drawn to all these different esoteric subjects. And when I came home, I asked my ancestors about that and they said you are going to be doing work in a different way than you did on the mainland. They said now people will be coming to you from all over the world and you will be able to speak their language. You have to understand them. If they come from a different culture, a different religion, whatever it may be, you will be the kahuna that can talk to them on their level so that they feel a bond and connection that you know them and understand them. And also by your love for them they are going to feel that we’re just the same... we’re just the same.
I saw the wisdom of why I had to be away so long and why I had to meet the people I met and the things I had to learn. I wouldn’t have learned it had I stayed here in Hawaii. I wouldn’t have known there was so much more out there. I remember the Dali Lama said that he was grateful the Chinese government made them leave their country, because had he not had to leave, he would never have known there were all these different people world-wide, he thought there was only Tibet. And he would never have fallen in love with his human family. He would never have known. What a beautiful concept. When I read that I thought, wow, that sounds like what my ancestors were telling me.
So now, when people come I sit with them under Miracle (her banyan tree) or at the volcano. At the Lemurian Choir (on Maui) they stood in line for the longest time just to hug me and they were crying. There was this man from Singapore with tears, this man in Russian - sobbing - I couldn’t even understand him. The women cried too but what touched me was the men, they were sobbing. And they said when they heard my chant and they heard me speak about the elders and the ancients and telling them 'welcome home' (her voice breaks as tears well up) they felt it. They felt it. They felt the love from wherever they came from in the world and it was so beautiful. And even though I was so tired I kept getting the strength from them because people were waiting in these long, long lines waiting to be hugged. And the love I received in return for what I gave to them. And they said touch everyone with your love and spread your sacred mana wherever you go. And so there they were from all over the world. And I knew that they knew we were the same. That we come from the Creator, we are all special, we’re all magnificent, we’re all awesome. I had them hold their hearts and all say we’re magnificent, from all parts of the world. I understood the perfection of why I had to get familiar with other countries and other cultures and to see my brothers and sisters from across the world to know them and to be able to understand something about them.
You have said you don’t speak Hawaiian. How does this affect you being a kahuna?
The ancestors have said that it was not as important to speak the Hawaiian language fluently as to speak the language of the heart...this way everyone will understand me. I don’t’ speak the Hawaiian language fluently. I know enough to do my prayers and different things but I’m not fluent and I always felt the need to study the language and become fluent - we have to study our own language like a foreign language now. My ancestors said I speak the language of love and that’s what they understand. The man from Russia doesn’t care if you’re speaking Hawaiian! (laughs). You have to be able to speak in his language. And they said ‘that’s what’s important’. You speak the language of love and they can hear that you understand who they are and you see their spirits. That’s the gift that I have, I can see the light in the human being, I can see their divinity like all my ancestors did. They all thought that we were divine. A part of me wishes I did speak fluently, it’s so beautiful, but I know enough to communicate. And I know that when I do my chants my ancestors come through me, it’s their voices that I’m singing. And that’s why the people cry. I think they can feel the mana they can feel the love, the sacredness how ancient it is - it goes far, far back.
I communicate with my ancestors. I can’t even fathom my life not communicating with them. They’re around me and all over. They’re the wisdom they’re the ones that went before me and showed the way. All of the gifts I have, all of my ability all of my profound wonderful gifts come from them. I am their ambassador here to carry on what they said.
There’s the ʻAumakua i ke Ao... the ancestors of the recent past and then there’s the 'Aumakua I ka Pō, the ancestors of the distant past. Now for me, what that means is Lemuria.
How do they speak to you?
When I hear my ancestors from the distant past speak to me it’s very different than the recent past. The one’s from the recent past are pretty clear, their dialog. The one’s from the distant past, Lemuria, I have to be so still, so quiet, it’s almost a whisper how they speak to me. I have to go into the silence to hear them. It’s like a whisper and they say things that are so beautiful. And they are so ancient. Even more ancient than the ancient Hawaiian history. This goes before Hawaii became Hawaii - it goes back to Lemuria, 50,000 - 100,000 years, that far back. The voices that I hear from the ʻAumakua I ka Pō, it’s a holiness with a language all of it’s own. It’s translated all of it’s own. Kryon speaks about the third language of the gods. That’s the one. That’s why I resonate so strongly to the Kryon teachings... they match the teachings of the ancients.
And so, I’m a keeper of the Lemurian Truths. Within my cellular memories is all of it, because I’m a very ancient soul on this planet. I was a Lemurian Priestess then, I am one now. Inside of my DNA, inside of my Akashic records is everything that is stored that we experienced. And if I get quiet enough, and peaceful enough within me and ask with a pure heart, I will get information about that time and they will transfer it to me and I will channel a message for people to hear.
My ancestors were all brilliant metaphysicians. All the way back to Lemuria. So much of what the Kryon channels is exactly parallel to what the ancient ʻAumakua I ka Pō speak of. So you won’t find this in the history books, you won’t find this written anyplace what they share with me, the knowledge, the wisdom, the information, it goes before even the Hawaiian history, way, way before the Hawaiian Kingdom, way more ancient than that, way to the ancestors of Lemuria and they were brilliant. They understood the quantum energy, they understood how to communicate telepathically, they understood all of that and they passed all of this down through the lineage, to the Hawaiian people, to the Polynesians. That’s why we were so good at what we did. We became brilliant celestial navigators. And we did things with the plants, we did things with energy for thousands of years, because we knew how to think in a quantum way. We were doing this before there was even this word ‘quantum’. It was a different language that they spoke. But the information and the knowledge and the wisdom is the same.
When they say I am here where it’s current, that I am the current kahuna they call me, is because I can use the current language but also communicate with the ancient. To put it together in current terms so I can speak to you about it. I can speak to others about it or I can also understand what Kryon and other people like Gregg Braden and what these other beautiful scientists are saying, like Dr. Emoto. Because my ancestors already knew that language. In fact some of the scientists like Gregg Braden and Dr. Emoto were Lemurians too, they were Lemurian scientists there along with Dr.Todd Ovokaitys. We were all together then.
I wasn’t a scientist but I knew how these things worked. Energetically I understand that. They said if I spoke all this information only in Hawaiian it would reach only a limited group of people. They want me to speak the English language because it’s becoming a universal language, and that allows me to communicate this information with people all over the world. It’s much more handy for me to know this than that other language.
And so I thought oh, okay (laughter). From that standpoint they were saying that ‘you are current’, we want you to be able to reach as many of the human family as you can that want to hear, because people are hungry for this knowledge not just from us, Hawaiians, but indigenous world-wide. People going all the way to Machu Picchu to learn from the Incas in Peru. In Australia they’re trying to find the aboriginals. And they’re all saying the same things but people world-wide are beginning to question that there’s got to be more than conventional religion and spirituality. Maybe God is much bigger than we’ve been led to believe. So religion and science are coming together.
It’s beautiful. Well that’s the other part that’s so ironic is that there was a separation. That’s when all the trouble began. It’s so ironic, so ridiculous, because they are the same! It’s so impossible, and that’s what I love so much about Greg Braden and Dr. Emoto’s work as scientists. They see God in the work. They see the majesty in the science, they see the wisdom and the mathematics and the chemistry all of that. It’s all divine. It’s all perfect. There’s an order to it, that the energy - we can call it God we can call it spirit, I love how the Incas say it, they say you of a thousand names yet who is nameless. How beautiful is that?
Our word for the Creator wasn’t uttered except by the high priests in the ancient ceremonies. It wasn’t even uttered. People use the word ‘Akua’ today to explain as reference to God, but that’s not really accurate. It’s really na Auka because we had four major gods, Ku, Kane, Kaneloa and Lono, and I am a priestess from the order of Lono. They are the family spirits of the Creator. The Creator’s name was not used ever, uttered only by high priests and priestesses going all the way back to Mu and Lemuria. Nobody used that word and so Akua became acceptable. My theory is that when Christianity came we narrowed it to one Akua because you couldn’t have multiple gods, so we can use the word Akua to describe ‘God’. So many of the Hawaiian Christians today will say Ke Akua meaning the Creator or God.
I’m getting a little technical here, but it’s important because the name for the Creator is “Io”. 'Io is the sacred word for the Creator. That’s the word that is rarely uttered and rarely spoken except in high ceremonies. And so today, some people know that and some people don’t know that, most people don’t. And if it is used in some ways people don’t realize how sacred that word is and where it comes from. Like the 'Iolani palace. This was the first time that word was ever, ever uttered out loud like that. Not before that palace was named, that’s how sacred it was treated.
So, if you go back to ancient Lemuria, we as the descendants, we’re still the Lemurians, the Polynesians are still the Lemurians today. We’re not the only Lemurians, there are people from other parts of the world that went off, and when the glaciers began to melt and we began to go different directions because we needed more land, and that’s where we went to places like Tibet, Peru, Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), And that’s why they all have the same creation stories, that we came from the Seven Sisters.
If you look at them they all say the same thing because we all started here! And that’s why when they come home, all these beautiful people, it doesn’t matter where they come from. Wherever they come from they just cry. They cry when they reach this land. I had 18 Swedish people one day in my yard sobbing under Miracle and they didn’t know why. I said I’ll tell you why, it’s cellular memory. You’re Lemurians coming home and your body knows it. Your cells remember being here and the land remembers you, the earth remembers you and the earth is saying welcome home. We’ve missed you. We’re glad you’re back. Now go to work. You know we lived in peace for 20,000 years in Lemuria and we’re the ones who came back to do it again. We came here to plant those seeds of peace in the consciousness of humanity because we know how. We’re the only civilization on Earth that did that. And we represent one half of one percent of the world’s population. But that’s all you need. The hundredth monkey, that gorgeous theory. So it’s so impossible to separate science from God. Even the ancient Polynesians - when I talk about ancient Polynesians I’m talking about after Lemuria - it’s still the same line of Lemurians, all understood because that information was passed down from the Lemurian ancestors about how science was connected.
If you look at much of what we did, the way we designed our lohi, how we took care of it, how to grow our plants, we understood the seasons, our connection to the earth, we understood it. There’s a mathematics in there, there’s a science in there that was brilliant. And all indigenous peoples have it. They all knew it.
I always think it’s so funny that there’s this argument about science and spirituality. Well, certainly religion is a whole different word than spirituality, right? But to me science and spirituality are the same thing. Science and religion are not necessarily the same thing. But I think that religions are beginning to expand their view of God. And when they do that we’re going to see that science is the energy of the creator in all his glory expressed in that form.
So we’re beginning to bridge that. And isn’t that a beautiful thing? That’s where we’re taking medicines, the east and the western medicine they’re combining, they’re putting a spiritual aspect into it. You know, there are doctor’s like Depok Chopra that understand the spiritual consciousness. In the work they do, they understand the presence of God in that.
You are a psychic as well. Where do you see this all going?
As the Lemurians awaken, I think we are the ones spreading the seeds of this consciousness, the concept of peace, the concept of science and spirituality as being one, as our connection to the Divine and thus the inseparable connection to the Divine in everything and all things. I think we’ve been doing this work for a long, long time. We have done so much work for the planet, we brought light. There’s never been as much light quotient on this planet as there is now, and we did all that. Thousands of years of work and we did a great job. We avoided Armageddon.
When people ask me to give a prediction I say which one do you want - I see nine. The potentials. I see the highest potential and I see if we don’t change our consciousness what can happen here and what can happen here. Because that’s how I always see it. Even if it’s in our ordinary day lives, those potentials. We created light, more light on this planet against all odds. We created light grander than has ever been on this planet. And we avoided Armageddon.
So what Nostradamus predicted, the cataclysm that he did, and all that doomsday stuff, it’s because that’s where we were headed. It was looking pretty bleak. I mean, the fear consciousness was so great. But all we needed was a small number of us to keep that light shining and spreading it more, and touching others so that they began to come into that light to raise the vibration for more people to begin to awaken, and to the possibility that maybe God is bigger than we know and yet small enough to live in our hearts. Maybe we’re part of God after all. Maybe we’ve been wrong about these concepts. Maybe we’ve limited our beliefs about what God is. Maybe God is so much grander and beautiful. Maybe God is really benevolent. Maybe the universe is benevolent. And even science is proving that. So that’s the lovely part there.
Consciousness is beginning to change, and more and more people are beginning to ask is there more to why we’re here and who God is. And as we ask those questions we begin to give intent to find out for different things that are out there, quantum energy and all these beautiful things that are going on.
How does the female energy play into all of this?
Oh my, that’s the best part (laughs)! I just recently did this painting called the honor of the sacred feminine. I hadn’t done anything in a whole year and I went to my studio for the first time, and my first painting was honoring the sacred feminine. I knew the Lemurian choir was coming up, I knew the makahiki season of Lono was coming up where the Pleiades would be in the sky, the makali’i, the seven sisters, I knew this was a time of the divine feminine on the planet. The Venus transit, this last one, was about the deliverance of the divine sacred feminine energy to the planet, because it’s been imbalanced for so long with this male energy. Finally, finally we’re having this beautiful female energy, compassion and the nurturing, the soft energy delivered to the planet and awakening in the hearts of human beings. Men are becoming more balanced with their feminine energy, they’re becoming softer - some of them - and are awakening. And women are becoming stronger. They’re getting more in tune with their masculine energies.
But the feminine energy is the most important one because this is where we’ve been so unbalanced for so long. That’s why there have been so many wars for so long fear for so long. So much fear, for so long, and killing. There’s going to be a time, and Kryon talks about this, when the consciousness of humanity - and it won’t be that long, several generations from now - where the idea of war will be considered barbaric. We’ll have ended it. And that’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re doing. The feminine energy is that energy that will allow for that to happen. There’s no female that wants to go to war, no female that supports the idea of killing. The idea of the feminine is compassionate, nurturing, life-giving. It’s powerful. That’s the role that it plays.
This is how you’re going to create peace - with that kind of energy. It won’t be this male dominant kind of energy. War won’t be allowed. Have you noticed all the dictators falling away and all these things? That’s all beautiful. We did that. We created the light. Consciousness of humanity is changing so that they said no more. The young people are now the ones - if you go on Facebook it’s exciting what they’re doing. If you go into the right channels, like the Kyron channels, groups, they have pictures with the Israelis and Iranians and Palestinians hugging and saying ‘we want peace’. And they have movements and are signing petitions, they show pictures of them, they’re all the young ones. There’s a consciousness of today, they want to change it. They don’t want to live in the hatred that their parents lived for generations and generations they’re done with it. Those are the new kids. Beautiful. It’ll make you cry when you see some of the videos that they’re making. And you’d be so proud.
Some of them aren’t even related to political issues like Israel and Palestine although Kryon speaks about this a lot. As the Israelis go, as the Jews go, so does the planet. There needs to be peace in the Middle East and the best things that we can do as light workers is to send them light. It’s working. The young ones are wanting peace. Afghanis and Palestinians... we want peace (giddy, talking fast) We love each other. They’re making t-shirts that say ‘Israelis love Palestinians’ ‘Palestinians love Israelis’ and they’re walking around with it. It makes you cry.
There’s so much good happening in this world. There’s so much good news, there are miracles, miracles and nobody’s reporting them. But there will come a time when these channels on television won’t work anymore. People aren’t going to be interested in the dramas and reality shows and the rock’em sock’em blow’em ups and all this horrible stuff. Drama is an old energy concept. It does not suit the consciousness of an enlightened human being. A peaceful human being doesn’t need drama. So it’s going to change. People are going to want a good news channel. And the young ones are going to be the ones to say we’re tired of this we want to hear some good stuff. Let’s make a good news channel. And they’re going to report all the true miracles that are happening world-wide.
Back to the feminine energy. One of the attributes of the feminine energy is compassion. It’s the hugest attribute of it all. Whenever there’s a tragedy on the planet, like the tsunami, it created more compassionate energy on the planet than any other tragedy. And world-wide, humans are beginning to soften. They want to love, they want to save lives now, they don’t want to take them. They want to go help those people that were suffering in different parts of the world.
With the internet now, it’s wonderful, because now - this is one of the purposes I see with the internet - we have an opportunity to reach people in broader ways than we could before. Even though I live in this little island here way in the middle of the Pacific, isolated from the rest of the world, and that was by design, I can reach people in Russia, in China, all over the world, in my website you can go into different languages and contact me and we can do it instantly - I can touch them with the love of my ancestors. I can reach them with my sacred mana just by posting a beautiful message. Almost every day I channel a message and almost every day I put it on the internet, these beautiful messages being channeled. More and more human beings are using the internet in this positive, beautiful way. It allows us to share the light and the love of God in a broader, vaster way.
Also that in this new energy, with all this light on the planet, we will not be able to have secrets. Secrets are kept in the dark, right? There’s so much light now, and the internet is a beautiful example of light shining on atrocities committed in Africa, remember the killing and rapes, all these horrible things happening in the Congo, they’re going to end pretty soon because there is so much light. Now with the internet everybody knows about it. If we didn’t have the internet it would have continued for another 500 years. Now we’ll narrow it down to one or fifty because now there’s going to be enough humans waking up with that compassionate feminine energy that says we’ve had enough of this. Look at what they’re doing. We won’t allow it.
So some people will say (imitating) ‘what do you mean some things are getting better? You’re crazy, you and your metaphysical talk and stuff. Look at the news it sounds terrible!’ (calmly) I said no... what you’re seeing is what’s been there all along. I celebrate that we can see it, because now we can do something about it. Before we couldn’t see it and we didn’t do anything about it and that’s why it continued. Like the Holocaust.
That isn’t happening again. Nothing can be ignored, there will be no secrets in this new energy of light. Thank goodness for that. So what looks and appears to be a really horrible mess is really the mess that was already there, we just turned on the light! So all the pedophiles and all the different child molesters and priests, that’s been going on for hundreds of years. We’re just finding them out now. (happy) Thank goodness! Celebrate it! It’s being revealed so that we can stop it. Atrocities committed in the world are being revealed so we can stop it, so we can bring our light, bring our prayers and end it and say no more. We don’t want this anymore. So eventually that will start to get less and less because we brought it out in light, because people kept hiding it. Dictators won’t be allowed anymore.
Oh, the other thing that’s happening with all this beautiful light is the financial system. It’s falling apart because of lack of integrity. This is an example of how we can’t have secrets in this new energy. Businesses will be exposed, corruption will be exposed, dictators are going out, to me it is a grand time on this planet and it was unprecedented. We didn’t ever think this would happen. We really thought we were just for sure headed to Nostradamus’ prediction. We changed it. We’re changing it beautifully. So that they can actually have movements now where Iranians love Palestinians with tee-shirts on that have hearts in between, they’re all hugging and walking around like that. I mean you just cry when you see something like that.
All these things that I’m talking about, to me, is I think what my ancestors mean when they say ‘you’re a current kahuna’ you’re living in the current times. And you’re taking the ancient principles and the thinking and bringing them into the present. Because it works. (tearing up) It’s a way to understand all of this beautiful powerful connection that we have with each other. How much power we really have.
You know, when we can own the concepts that we’re all pieces of God, we’re empowered to create anything we wish and we can create peace on earth. We can end the suffering. (gently) We can take this divine feminine energy that’s being delivered to the planet and we can use that for the good of all and that’s how it’s going to be done. Through the compassion.
Compassion is the attribute of the Love of God that’s the strongest and the most powerful. And the females hold it the most, the feminine energy. It’s not a man/woman thing, it’s a male/female energy.
So there are many compassionate humans that are males, like the Dali Lama he’s the epitome of compassion. Some of the most compassion - some of my heroes are the Dali Lama or Desmond Tutu, or Nelson Mandela, people like that, Mother Theresa, they’re such beautiful examples. This is where I think my ancestors said ‘Kalei we wanted you to learn about all of them’. We wanted you to learn about all these beautiful humans on this planet that understood the same thinking. They had the same understanding of how all of this works because the energy is quantum. It’s multiple. We’re all interconnected in some way, that energy field, we’re all part of this beautiful soup and we’re all at the core good. We all want the same things and we’re raising the consciousness to create that in a way that we never did before. How beautiful. This planet is becoming a brilliant bright star.
What was it like growing up for you? Were you brought up knowing your heritage?
No. Very, very few Hawaiians had the fortune of being continued in that tradition, groomed that way. By the time I was a chid, Christianity had pretty much taken over the islands. I remember that my mom used to talk about my grandmother who spoke fluent Hawaiian, but she wasn’t permitted to speak it or teach it, so my mother never learned it. In fact, in school we were taking up other languages like German and French. They didn’t even offer Hawaiian until the Hawaiian Sovereignty movements began in the 1960’s I think. The indigenous were saying ‘we’ve had it’, we’re losing our spirituality and we want it back.
So I didn’t have that growing up. (carefully) But I always knew I was different. I was born a kahuna. You don’t learn it, you don’t go to school and become one. There are schools where you learn through your lineage... traditionally how it’s done is that you train from someone of your lineage that’s a kahuna. So since I was growing up and there was no one there, there was practicing. And that wasn’t even discussed. In fact, we were pretty much taught that this was, ya know, the old stuff and those ways are gone, pagan ways, and that was pretty much that.
But even as a little child I knew I was different. I knew I was here for a reason, and I knew that there was something special about me. But nobody else seemed to know that (laughs). So I was very lonely. And my story’s not unique. I can’t tell you how many beautiful light workers have said the same story from all over the world; they were so alone. And then you’re a psychic and a clairvoyant and I see angels, I see fairies, I see my ancestors, I talk to the clouds... (excited, talking fast) I used to lay in the grass for hours talking to the clouds. And my sisters would lay there and say ‘what’s she seeing? How can she do that for hours?’ Or I’d be a child climbing the mountains - a child climbing in the mountains? And just sit there for hours and be with the ancients.
I thought they were all doing that. And when I realize that I’m the only one doing that and they all think I’m odd, I began to retreat more inside myself and go into hiding more. But I could see things, and knew I was different for a long, long time. I also had something else. I knew that what they were teaching, I knew intuitively as a child, was not the truth. I knew that a lot of Christianity was distorted, and I don’t know how I knew that, I knew it. It didn’t feel right to me. I felt a rebellion in me. I knew that I couldn’t relate to all of this. It didn’t feel right to me. Even when was small. But there was nobody I could talk to about that.
When I finished high school I left home. That was when I really began to realize that I had a freedom to explore that there might be more, and not be constricted to my culture the way it was then, because it was very very strongly influenced by Christianity. And this is when I began to learn of other cultures.
I remember that I met Jews for the first time. And I got to go to their ceremonies. My first roommate, when I lived in Los Angeles, was a Jewish girl. She used to do her prayers in Hebrew and they were so beautiful. I wanted her to teach me and she taught me Judaism. And I loved it, it was so beautiful. And then I started to go to some of the Sabbath celebrations and there was a holiness and a reverence there and I said ‘wow!’ there’s so much more to this world than just this one thing. From there I went on to meet other people from other religions and other teachers and that’s what started that whole thing.
But I didn’t get to be brought up that way. About 18 or 20 years ago, as the ancestors would have it, I would be living in San Diego, and a friend of mine from Arizona would send me a book by David Bray. Daddy Bray was a very famous kahuna and he wrote a little, tiny book, and I had never seen it before. My friend sent me this little book in the mail, a Caucasian guy from Arizona sending me a little book on a Hawaiian kahuna. It was a skinny little book, and I read it and I’m sobbing. I’m sobbing because I knew everything that was in there. I knew everything. I knew about the pohaku (rock), I knew about all these things.
So the only things I knew about the culture was the typical stuff that Hawaiians knew about their culture. I’ve always loved the music, I’ve always loved the language. Except for songs, that’s the only place where I really heard it. But then the Hawaiian movement had already begun to rekindle all this stuff. It began with the Merry Monarch. But the spiritual aspect of that, I hadn’t had a whole lot until I picked up this book that was sent to me.
That little book by Daddy Bray led me on a journey that took several months to a kahuna who lived only 2 miles form me in San Diego. If you understand that the kahuna are few in number you will know that the odds of one living so close and who it turns out was one with whom I share the same lineage, is astronomical! Only the powers of the Divine could have orchestrated our meeting and what became my training and remembering. If he were not of the same lineage, he told me, he could not teach me because we had to share the same genetic memories. This powerful and gentle kahuna taught me by example. In the beginning my self-worth was very low so I would tend to put him above me and speak to others of him in a way that showed that. One day he said to me 'Please do not do that, I feel very uncomfortable. Never forget who you are Kalei... you are a High Chiefess and a High Priestess from the same grand lineage as me... you are Ali'i Kahuna Wahine Nui'. He also said for me to also remember that even with that we are above no one and beneath no one because that Divine Spark is in everyone of 'Io's creations. He showed me how to see that spark in everyone... and to teach them to see it in themselves. As he had.done with me. Over the years my ability to see my worth grew and so did the wisdom of his teachings. He taught me many things that are not found in books and many things that were kauna, or hidden in meaning... has another meaning. He taught me things that were ancient beyond the recent traditions of the Hawaiian people. He showed me of a time before male chauvinism, when the women were respected and the sacred feminine was honored. He is a Keeper of the Lemurian Truths...as am I.
When this kahuna was my kumu, my teacher, he never once yelled at me, shamed me or ridiculed me. He always looked and spoke to me at eye level and as an equal... always. When I made a mistake or spoke inappropriately, he would correct me, gently but powerfully. I learned well this way. He carries a powerful energy that is much larger than his small frame. When my ancestors said it was time for me to return home to Hawai'i and we shared a final meal together, he said to me: "I am no longer your teacher. From now on you will be my teacher". I was taken aback by these words and now I know I have had the honor of being trained by a true Master. If he were not so humble, I would tell you his name... but I carry some of his sacred Light that he bestowed on me over all those years.