Huna: Aka-Mana Patterns

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

The idea of Aka and Mana is drawn from Huna, a tradition of knowledge that has been stored in Hawaii for the last thousand years or so. According to its oral history, it was brought to Hawaii for conservation in times of darkness. You can trace the progression of Huna from northern Africa all the way to India and throughout Melanesia. This system of knowledge has become incorporated into certain native practices of Hawaiian Shamanism.

A Meeting of the Ways with Diane Solomon and Isa Gucciardi

Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., and Diane Solomon, host of A Meeting of the Ways, explore the Huna concept of ho’oponopono and the nature of forgiveness. They also discuss Isa’s upcoming workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii, where students visit sacred sites, including Kīlauea, the active volcano on the island.

Awakening the Wisdom of Ancient Hawaii

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

While Laura Chandler and I were in Iowa during the past week on our book tour for Coming to Peace, I found myself talking more about my childhood in Hawaii than I normally do as the friendly and curious people in Iowa asked questions about the history of the book. Everyone was interested in Hawaii and the ancient Hawaiian practices that are discussed in the book.

In August, I will be teaching a workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii called Huna: The First Psychology. As I answered questions about the workshop, I was reminded of Max Freedom Long’s reports on his research in the Hawaiian Islands in the early part of the 20th century. His book The Secret Science Behind Miracles offers a peek into the experience of the Hawaiians after a century of colonization, and his reports on his research into the body of work he named Huna is very compelling.


Ho’oponopono is a mediation technique found in the Huna tradition, which is generally used in community or family groups to bring peace or harmony to a situation. It is a simple, direct and profound way of working with conflict. In today’s episode, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. discusses Ho’oponopono and its role in our Relationship and the Inner Self workshop as a process for mediating internal conflict.

Ho'oponopono: Making Right

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian word which refers to a process of mediation which has been used to bring peace among family and community members in Hawaii for centuries. Ho’oponopono is a key component of the larger school of psychology and healing called Huna.

Huna is a very ancient psychology, which has roots in mystery schools beyond the Hawaiian Islands. Many of the important elements of these mystery schools were relatively well preserved within the shamanic practices of Hawaii until the arrival of Christian missionaries in the early nineteenth century.

Huna: The Ancient Tradition of Hawaii

Huna, the ancient shamanic tradition of Hawaii, was a very active part of the Hawaiian tradition from the time that the Hawaiians arrived in the Hawaiian Islands, which is thought to be around 800 CE up until the 1800s, when the Christian missionaries made it illegal for the Hawaiians to practice Huna. This philosophical and spiritual belief system is older than Hawaii. In this excerpt from a 2010 talk, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D., discusses the origins of Huna.

The Ancient Roots of Huna

By Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler

The Huna tradition of Hawaii is a shamanic tradition with roots far deeper than the Pacific Islands. It is a window into a much more ancient wisdom – one that flows beneath all shamanic and spiritual traditions. Like flowers blooming on the same vine, spiritual traditions draw from a similar source. Just as each flower is unique, each culture is unique in the way that it expresses and preserves specific aspects of this underlying body of knowledge. The Huna tradition offers a rare perspective of this source and a glimpse into the ancient oral traditions that have existed from the beginning of humankind.

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