Type of Kahuna 
  • Kahuna:
    Keeper of the Secret or Sacred Knowledge. Master Teacher. Specialist in one or more fields. Early form of Scientist.


  • Kahuna Kupua A'o:
    Kahuna of the Order of Kane or High Priest. Master Teacher of Enlightenment or the Art of Self Realization. This priesthood class was banned under penalty of death after the Ali'i invasion. Elements survived and secretly preserved the knowledge of their ancestors until the day it could once again "Fly around the world as if on wings of a bird!"


  • Kanuna 'Ana'ana:
    Ali'i Kahuna. Specialist at praying enemies to death. A Sorcerer. A malevolent person who gives his/her power to the dark side. Banned in the pre-ali'i culture, this priesthood class became popular after the Ali'i invasion.


  • Kahuna Haha:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in diagnosing illness by touch.


  • Kahuna Ha'i'olelo:
    A Kahuna of the Order of Ku who specializes in moving energy through speaking and/or chanting. Preacher.


  • Kahuna Hana Aloha
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in making entheogenic medicines (medicines that put one in touch with their Divine nature) with herbs, prayers, and even hypnosis. Similar to Native American shaman who conduct peyote or ayahuasca ceremonies.


  • Kahuna Ho'ohanau:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in delivering babies. The difference between this class of kahuna and modern midwives is that these kahuna started working with the mother early in the pregnancy to insure the spirit of the mother, the family, and the home were conducive to the development of the child. Often worked with a Kahuna Pale Keiki (see below.)


  • Kahuna Ho'opi'opi'o:
    A Kahuna of the Order of Kane who specializes in counteracting sorcery by sending back any life-taking energy to the Kahuna 'Ana'ana who sent it. This usually resulted in the Kahuna 'Ana'ana being killed.


  • Kahuna Ho'omanamana:
    A Kahuna of the Order of Ku who specializes in restoring spiritual connections with the Ancestors.


  • Kahuna Ho'oulu'ai:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in agriculture.


  • Kahuna Kalai:
    A Kahuna of the Order of Ku who specializes in carving and sculpting. Can recognize the spirit inside the raw material that wants to be given form.


  • Kahuna Ki'i:
    A form of ali'i kahuna who was the caretaker of the Images used by Ali'i kings. This person wrapped, oiled and stored the images; and carried them ahead of the Chief in battle.


  • Kahuna Kilokilo:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in reading clouds, birds, and other messages the ancestors were sending in the skies.


  • Kahuna Kilolani:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in astronomy and reading messages in the stars.


  • Kahuna Kilo Lima:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in reading signs on a persons body like hands, eyes, skin markings, etc.


  • Kahuna Kilo Moana:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in oceanography.


  • Kahuna La'au Lapa'au:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in medicine using herbal preparation, food, and other forms of natural therapies. Similar to a modern naturopath.


  • Kahuna Lapa'au:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in the general practice of medicine. Similar to a family doctor of today.


  • Kahuna Lawai'a:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in fishing.


  • Kahuna Lena:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in diagnosing by sight.


  • Kahuna Lomilomi:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in bodywork to restore balance in the body so mana (life energy) can flow properly. True lomilomi is a spiritual practice combined with a form of bodywork.


  • Kahuna Nui:
    A form of ali'i kahuna. An ali'i High Priest, who is a counselor to the High Chief.


  • Kahuna O'o:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in surgery.


  • Kahuna Pa'ao'ao:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in children's medicine. Similar to a modern pediatrician.


  • Kahuna Pale Keiki
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in using herbs, diet, and other physical and spiritual therapies to insure a healthy birth. Similar to a modern obstetrician.


  • Kahuna Po'o:
    A form of ali'i kahuna. An ali'i high priest who took the place of Kahuna of the Order of Kane after the ali'i invasion and genocide.


  • Kahuna Po'i Uhane:
    A form of ali'i kahuna. Spirit catcher who subjects spirits to servitude. These people would work to enslave the spirits of those captured in battle before execution.


  • Kahuna Pule
    A Kahuna of the Order of Kane who is a specialist at meditation and making prayers.


  • Kahuna Wa'a:
    Kahuna of the Order of Lono who specializes in canoe building. To select the tree the Kahuna waits for a woodpecker at early dawn. If the woodpecker pecks the tree it is rejected and another tree is selected. After cutting and finishing, the Kahuna launches the canoe with special rituals and offerings to insure that the journeys made with the canoe will be safe and productive. The Kahuna who carves the canoe stays closely affiliated with it throughout life to insure it is treated in a sacred manner.


  • Kahuna Kumu Hula:
    Kahuna of the Order of Ku who specializes in moving energy through the sacred dance of Hula. The Kumu is the recognized master of some branch of hula.


  • Kahuna Kumu Oli
    Kahuna of the Order of Ku who specializes in moving energy through a form of chant that was not danced to. The Kumu is the recognized master of some form or style of chant.


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