Monthly Archives: March 2014

Boat Blessing

Tying sacred ti leaf to corners of boat

Kahu Silva performed a seldom seen Hawaiian blessing for a boat named Kahuoi at He`eia Kea pier on O`ahu. This sacred ritual is called “lolo ana I ka moku (imparting brains to the boat), was used by ancient kahuna (priests) to consecrate the launching of a new canoe. Today, Kahu Silva also performs this blessing for canoes, boats and other types of sailing craft.

Kahu Silva blessing boatIn accordance with cultural protocol, the ceremonial dedication commenced with a pule kahea (sacred prayer chant) to invoke the presence of the benevolent Hawaiian deities. Using a coconut shell filled with holy seawater and a lau ki (ti leaf), kahu performed the customary pi kai (sprinkling blessing) with the kōkua (help) of the boatowner, to spiritually sanctify the vessel and remove any taboo.

As kahu encircled the boat, he called upon the Hawaiian akua and ‘aumakua (ancestral guardian spirits) to watch over, guide and safeguard the boat on its seafaring ocean voyages to and from Hawaii’s shores. Lau ki were also fastened to the four corners of Kahuoi for protection.

Boat is blessed and protected Hawaiian blessingThe blessing ceremony concluded with the sharing of aloha and kahu saying, “E au ana ‘oe iloko o keia moku me ka palekana a me ke aloha o na Akua.” (You may travel inside of this boat with safety and the blessings of the heavenly ones.

Luxury Lounge Grand Opening

A traditional Hawaiian blessing performed by Kahu Silva for the grand opening of the Four Seasons Resorts Lāna`i luxury lounge marked the first hotel-branded lounge in Hawaii. The 1,000 sq. ft. space located within the Honolulu International Airport’s interisland terminal, offers state-of-the-art amenities to pamper the weary traveler. Kahu Silva wore a red kihei which… Continue Reading

Hawaiian Birth Signs Book Launch

Discover the Cosmic Revelations of the Ancient Hawaiian Kahuna, Man and Nature Sharing Wisdom from Ancient Hawai`i that Works Today Just Released – A New Limited Edition Book & Audiobook on CD As a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, spiritual guide, life guide, and author, Kahu Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva has touched the hearts and souls of… Continue Reading

Copyright © 2017 Hawaii Cultural Services. All rights reserved.


Site created by Outcome Marketing