The Eye of Kanaloa - by Serge Kahili
The Name 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.
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.
The Pattern 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
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 Energy 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.