This book is a compilation of concepts that are central to the Hawaiian mystical/spiritual history and experience. The author does a very good job in conveying authentic Hawaiian concepts. This is not an outsiders fanciful approach to Hawaiian mysticism but the real deal.
However, many of the concepts in this book are covered in only the very must fundamental and cursory way. For example the four vowel sounds and how the equate to the primary Hawaiian dieties is mentioned but there was much more to be said here and the author abruptly, and prematurely moved onto another topic. It felt like this book would needed to have been at least 3 times it's current 84 pages in order to really get into this material.
As the author of Bishop Museum's book on lomilomi and of Hawaiian Massage Lomilomi: Sacred Touch of Aloha I am always seeking to learn more of authentic Hawaiian traditions. This book is fantastic! It comes from a true source, trained by his kupuna or elders, and has much wisdom that to my knowledge is documented no where else. It covers the Kumulipo, kaona, mana, aloha, the stars, the drum, heiau or temples, 'aumakua and much much more. This is a book to be savored, read and re-read. With each reading, understanding deepens. Leave it, read other Hawaiian sources, come back to it and find even more. When I first began reading, tears came to my eyes as I realized what a precious gem I held in my hands.
As just one example, he gives the meaning of the sacred sounds in the names of the 4 gods, Ku, Kane, Lono and Kanaloa, along with 'Io. Each god name has a different vowel sound, and each sound has meaning. This teaching is very significant. Mahalo Patrick!
I learned a lot about Hawaiian thought from the astronomy chapter. The concept of Lono's face being astronomical must be the way it was [is]. I very much enjoyed the method of introducing information through conversations and storytelling. I also found the chapter about psycho-supplementation very interesting.
The kingdom of Hawai'i had gone. But its flag is staying alive as the flag of the State of Hawai'i. Patrick - the author is a founder of the Hawaiian Flag Day. And he has retrieved not only the symbol - flag but the value of the great philosophy of Hawai'i.It's the wisdom of native Hawaiian. They lost their land however, their flag and wisdom have survived as a seed that he planted. All we need is thoughtful minds now. The seed will grow and grow in the future - the age of Hawaiian. We need and remember it with its symbol - flag forever. With aloha!