Versions of Hawai'ian History
 Anthropological Ideas 
According to modern anthropologists, Polynesia is thought to have been settled by the descendants of a people who originated in Southeast Asia and gradually populated the islands of Northern Melanesia before moving on to New Guineau about 50,000 years ago. A few of the larger islands adjacent to New Guinea were settled significantly later, approximately 11,000 years ago.

By 3,000 BC the inhabitants of these islands voyagers (often called Lapita peoples after a type of pottery they produced) developed agriculture, fishing techniques, and sophisticated watercraft capable of long ocean voyages. Within a span of only 300-400 years these ancients successfully colonized the majority of the islands in Melanesia including the Solomons, Hebrides, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Anthropologists say that by 1200 BC a Proto-Polynesian culture was beginning to develop in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Here, over a period of some thousand years, the Polynesian language, culture and art evolved.
Not long before the time of Christ these early Polynesians embarked on an unprecedented feat of navigation, voyaging over thousands of miles to discover islands, which lay far beyond the horizon. Between 200 and 600 AD they sailed east, establishing settlements in Tahiti, the Marquesas, Easter Island, Hawaii, and most of the approximately 100 smaller habitable islands of the Pacific. About 1,000 AD they settled in New Zealand, the largest and southernmost of the Polynesian islands.

Their consensus is that Hawai'i was originally settled about 600 - 800 AD by people from Tahiti. This story clearly dovetails with the stories told by the natives to Captain Cook and the subsequent British missionaries who colonized Hawai'i.
 Early Hawai'ian Ideas 
Not surprisingly, certain groups of Hawai'ians have a different, and far more intriguing version of their history. These people, whom we call the pre-Ali'i, say that Hawai'i was settled as much as 1,500 years earlier that anthropologists believe.

These people say our ancestors came here from the stars at tens of thousands of years ago. They brought with them a sacred wisdom called Ho'ala Huna (Hawai'ian words that mean: "that which causes an awakening to the secret or sacred awareness of Reality.") This knowledge was said to be the ultimate science of the world of spirit as well as the world of form.

This knowledge was kept a treasured secret among a special priesthood lineage known as the Mo'o or dragon priests. These priests are said to have used this knowledge to build a powerful culture in a land called Mu, which later spread to Egypt and regions of Central and South America.

Due to a contentious battle this motherland was completely destroyed. To preserve elements of this sacred knowledge, the priests who were its keepers in Egypt migrated eastward across northern India and southern Asia. Their goal was to reach a land in the middle of the ocean where the knowledge could be preserved until a time when it could once again "Fly around the world as if on wings of a bird."

As they migrated eastward they founded centers of learning which became the forerunners of many of the world's religions. They eventually arrived in Hawai'i sometime before 600 BC.
 Paradise on Earth 
Throughout pre-ali'i Polynesia (750 BC to 1,250 AD) Ho'ala Huna resulted in a civilization so advanced that its people lived in what can only be described as paradise. These people thrived in total peace and harmony for nearly 2,000 years. They had no need for kings, armies, tax collectors, police or jails. Its system of conflict resolution and justice was a model of effectiveness. Its family's exemplified the ideals of safety and nurturing and produced people who were strong of body, mind, and spirit.

Each person saw life as a Divine opportunity to develop one's spirit. In learning how to master their spirits they learned how to master the flow of life energy. By learning how to master the flow of life energy, they learned how to master their Divine ability to create. By taking personal responsibility for how they created their lives they grew in terms of personal enlightenment and empowerment.

This enlightened society was governed by counsels of family elders and supported by a hierarchy of highly skilled, yet humble priest-teachers known as kahuna - keepers of the wisdom - whose entire lives were unconditionally dedicated to the task. Originally, their headquarters was the Big Island of Hawaii.

This ancient system affirms that God is found not in a church but in the essence of one's being because each person is a part of the ALL THAT IS that is God.

It sees each person's life as a perfect, and Divinely inspired path and that each person will eventually wake up back home, that place where each of us are completely aware of our Divine nature.

Ho'ala Huna affirms that priests cannot teach anyone anything they don't already know. As a part of God, each of us are already KNOW everything. Kahuna can only provide perspectives that allow a person to remember that, which has been forgotten. Out of respect for each person's path, Kahuna offer no perspective unless it is sincerely requested in a spirit of humility.

The teachings of Ho'ala Huna are firmly rooted in universal truth. It postulates that enlightenment is the purpose of life, that expanding consciousness is the nature of Divinity, and that the attainment of total consciousness is the nature of Godhood, and the eventual destiny of every conscious being.
 Paradise Lost 
Over time, this culture spread from Hawaii to all of Polynesia. Even though these people were widely dispersed, they did not generally consider themselves to be unrelated. They called themselves "Kanaka Maoli" (the pure people or people indigenous to the land.)

By 1,200 AD, a group of power-hungry Tahitians decided to impose their culture on the rest of the Polynesian people. Up until that time most Polynesians lived under the cultural system developed by the Hawai'ian Mo'o who saw everyone as a part of God and therefore Divine. In contrast, the Tahitians called themselves the Ali'i and saw only themselves as Divine. That is how they justified subjugating those they conquered as slaves.

This process culminated with an invasion led by a Tahitian priest named Pa'ao. Pa'ao was a kahuna of the Order of Ku, traditionally one of the lower orders of priesthood. He knew that for the class-based Ali'i to survive, he had to replace the enlightened society that lived in Hawai'i.

In 1,250 AD, Pa'ao visited the Big Island of Hawai'i - the headquarters of the Mo'o priesthood. He was welcomed as a visiting priest and was escorted around the entire island chain. He carefully noted the centers of population, safe harbors, and other bits of knowledge that would insure the success of his invasion. He was most astounded to find out that the Hawaiians had no army! They were a peaceful people that had lived without wars for 2,000 years.
Pa'ao returned to Tahiti and organized his army. He returned two years later with thousands upon thousands of Tahitian and Samoan warriors. People on the outer islands said they knew what was coming when they awoke in the morning to see the ocean had turned blood-red with the reflection of the morning light off the war capes of the incredible multitude of invaders.

When they invaded, all high priests or kahuna of the Order of Kane that could be found were put to death along with all members of their families in gruesome public executions. The only kahuna allowed to live were those of the lower orders who would pledge allegiance to him. These kahuna were required, as a part of their pledge, to either turn in or kill any kahuna of the Order of Kane they would ever find from that time forward.

In this way Pa'ao replaced the enlightened Hawai'ian culture with a class-based society known as the Ali'i (royalty based system) and installed his Tahitian relatives to be kings over the native Hawaiians.

Except for a few high priests known as Kahuna of the Order of Kane (Kah-nay) the high priests of the Mo'o clan) who escaped to the northern-most island of Kauai, the knowledge of Ho'ala Huna became lost to the Polynesian people and the world.

The only island Pa'ao could not conquer was the island of Kauai. He mounted three invasions, but due to freak storms and other unusual problems, his soldiers never set foot on the island. Through time, other Tahitian kings also attempted to invade Kauai. Even Kamehameha mounted three unsuccessful invasions. It was primarily on Kauai, and in the mountainous regions of the Big Island and Molokai that Ho'ala Huna was preserved among the Mo'o priests who were able to avoid capture.
 Ancient Prophecies Fulfilled 
Pa'ao was so successful in overturning the system of Ho'ala Huna and replacing it with the Ali'i system that few Hawaiians today know anything about these events. These stories were preserved however among descendents of the Mo'o clan. Mo'o is a Hawaiian word that means "lizard" or "dragon". Dragon, to a Hawaiian, is the guardian of the threshold to enlightenment.

Ancient prophecies predicted the Ali'I invasions, and also said that the knowledge of Ho'ala Huna would be preserved with its traditional priesthood until a time when a white priest would come from the east. This priest would have the message written in his heart. He would be found by a dark-skinned Mo'o brother from Kauai who would find his white brother teaching Ho'ala Huna at a place above the traditional headquarters of the priesthood on the Big Island.

This white priest named Lono would be responsible for reintroducing Ho'ala Huna to the world during a time when its message could "fly around the world as if on wings of a bird". This would occur just before the people of the world created a time of great pain and difficulty for themselves. This pain would turn out to be a gift because it would give birth to the humility necessary for people to receive the message of Ho'ala Huna. For the Mo'o Kahuna of the Order of Kane that time has arrived.
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