The Eye Of Kanaloa
by Serge Kahili King
In the mythology of old Hawaii, Kanaloa was the god of the ocean, a healer god,
and the close companion of Kane, the god of creation. They would journey
together, share the sacred drink of 'awa, and use their staves to strike the
ground and cause springs of fresh water to burst forth. Rare statues of Kanaloa
feature him with round eyes, unlike those of any other representations of the
gods. According to a Kauai tradition, if you could look into the eye of Kanaloa
you would see the pattern above . In the Hawaiian language, "kanaloa" is also
used as a word that means "a sea shell; the young stage of a certain fish; an
alternate name for Kaho'olawe Island; and secure, firm, immovable, established,
unconquerable." A root translation of the word, ka-na-loa, means "the great
peace, or the great stillness." The word also has the connotation of total
confidence. In the esoteric tradition of Huna Kupua, Kanaloa represents the
Core Self, or the center of the universe within oneself.
As a whole, the pattern represents the Aka Web, or The Web of Life, the
symbolic connection of all things to each other. In this aspect, the star at
the center is the spider/shaman, or the individual who is aware of being the
weaver of his or her own life, a dreamweaver.
In another aspect, the eight lines represent "mana", or spiritual power,
because another meaning of "mana" is "branching lines" and the number eight in
Hawaiian tradition is symbolic of great power. The four circles represent
"aloha", or love, because the "lei" or garland, a symbol of love, is circular
and is used figuratively in Hawaiian to mean a circle (as in "Hanalei -
Circular bay"), and because the word "ha" is a part of the word "aloha" and
also means "life" and the number four. Together the circles and lines represent
the harmony of Love and Power as an ideal to develop.
The star pattern is composed of a dot in the center representing the Aumakua,
or Higher Self; a ring representing Lono, or the Mental Self; the seven limbs
of the star representing the Seven Principles of Huna; and the ring around the
star representing Ku, the Physical or Subconscious Self. One point of the star
is always down, aligned with a straight line of the web, representing the
connection of the inner with the outer.
The Eye of Kanaloa symbol generates subtle energy, known as "ki" in Hawaiian.
This energy can be used for healing, for stimulating physical and mental
faculties, and for many other purposes. Most people can sense the energy, which
may feel like a tingle, a current, a pressure or a coolness, by holding the
hand, fingers, cheek or forehead near the symbol. By itself the symbol will
help to harmonize the physical, emotional and mental energies of a room or
other location. The energy may be accessed more directly by meditative gazing
or by holding the symbol near something that needs harmonizing. The symbol can
also amplify and harmonize other energy sources by placing it behind or in
front of the source.
Copyright by Aloha International 2001