Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Big Kahunot

File under: Gurubusting

A concerned citizen of the state of Hawaii forwards a warning:
There are some new people in our community who are part of an organization called Aloha International. I consider them a cult, because the leaders have many obsessed followers and they consider their leader a demi-god. Tax-wise they operate as a church (501(c)(3).

The ringleaders are Serge and Gloria King and Serge's assistant, Susan Floyd. Serge considers himself a kahuna, although he was not raised in the Hawaiian tradition, does not speak fluent Hawaiian, is not Hawaiian and didn't move to Hawaii until about the late 1980's.

He began teaching his huna classes in LA where he lived. It turned out to be quite lucrative for him so he moved to Kaua'i. From there he continued doing workshops. He charges enormous amounts of money for people to take classes from him.

He travels around the U.S. and the world touting his "knowledge". He has written several books on huna and shamanism. The books contain what he has read and heard about huna and Hawaiian traditions but he will tell you he had a Hawaiian uncle in LA who trained him. Turns out, the uncle was not a kahuna. He had only lived in Hawaii for the early part of his life. Serge calls himself "Kahili". Supposidely, this uncle from Hawaii hanai-ed him and thus gave him the name. (note: in the Hawaiian tradition, adults are not hanai-ed, only children!)

Needless to say, the Hawaiian community on Kaua'i was in an uproar against him. They came to terms with him by getting him to stop calling himself a kahuna and to stop telling people they were kahuna's after taking his training. He was never accepted by the Kaua'i Hawaiian community and many others on Kaua'i as a huna teacher. So, the two kept their distance from each other for the most part.

Some of the Hawaiians on Kaua'i looked into contacting the uncle who Serge said trained him. They could never locate such a person who had ever lived on Kaua'i and moved to the area that Serge mentioned. They strongly feel his story is false.

Aloha International preaches love and aloha on the surface, but there is much anger and money grabbing going on underneath their veneer. Other followers have moved over to Volcano as well. More are planning to follow. Also, many people will be coming this way for workshops. They come in the hundreds.

Kumu hula, Frank Hewitt is establishing a cultural center at his home in Mountain View where Aloha International will hold their workshops once the place is ready. Frank has told me he does not agree with Serge's teaching and Aloha International, but he wants the money they can bring in for his center. He told me this years ago, so I wonder if the money has been too good for him to pull out. This is a criticism from the Hawaiian community that Frank has heard many, many times.

Now, I have nothing against people making a living and being prosperous. It's when people make money using deceptive practices as does Aloha International.

I got involved in their cult innocently by thinking I was learning about my culture. But one early morning dawn, my Hawaiian grandmothers and my Hawaiian spiritual teacher, came to me in a dream and said I had to detach myself from Aloha International immediately and not to continue friendships with the group. When I got away from the group I was better able to see what was truly going on.

So now they've moved to Volcano! I feel there is a good chance that they will do things to get people in the community to join them as followers.
Whether or not Serge is actually qualified to claim the title Kahuna, he's registered the domain huna.org, which puts him at the very top of the Google rankings for the search term "huna". It seems to be yet another anglo's appropriation of Native American culture as a means to name, fame and financial gain. We pray the good folks on the Islands will always have the opportunity to experience a native expression of their indigenous spirituality rather than be fed their heritage back to them as white american cheese.

21 Comments:

At 1/14/2007 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I know about Serge King. He was a devotee of Jane Roberts' Seth material and decided to alter Huna so that was more in line with the new age "you create your reality" idea.

FYI, there's another bastardization of Huna currently floating around and gaining great popularity. Mainly due to new age guru Joe Vitale's promotion of a group that has changed a traditional ritual called Ho'oponopono into yet another reality creation tool. Naturally Joe and the group are giving seminars on the technique, and a book is in the works. Ca-ching, ca-ching!

Here's a link to the article Joe penned to promote the group:

http://www.mrfire.com/article-archives/new-articles/worlds-most-unusual-therapist.html

 
At 1/15/2007 9:00 AM, Anonymous durga said...

aon said: ainly due to new age guru Joe Vitale's promotion of a group that has changed a traditional ritual called Ho'oponopono into yet another reality creation tool.

Any one know how all this 'you create your own reality' stuff got started in the first place?

 
At 1/15/2007 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any one know how all this 'you create your own reality' stuff got started in the first place?


Half-baked New-Age interpretations of Eastern philosophies (Advaita, Buddhist). Google "subjective reality" and see how many hits you get. Staggering.

 
At 1/16/2007 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google "guru" and see how many hits there are before you get to an actual "Guru".

 
At 1/16/2007 9:59 AM, Anonymous pig stye said...

Jody, you said, "We pray the good folks on the Islands will always have the opportunity to experience a native expression of their indigenous spirituality rather than be fed their heritage back to them as white american cheese."

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Noticed that you changed "native American" to just "native". I understand and agree with you about the degredation of spiritual cultures. But don't the members of these cultures have some responcibility to keep them healthy and viable? A lot of this guy's complaint seems racially based. Why, if this Aloha group is a bad as he says, and I assume that it is just a new age piece of shit thing, didn't his grandmother spirits tell him a little quicker? I've always heard that there is plenty of racial bigotry on this island. This may be an example of it.

 
At 1/16/2007 10:09 AM, Blogger jody said...

A lot of this guy's complaint seems racially based.

That may be somewhat true. But if Serge lied about his uncle's tutelage, he's a fraud over and above the fact that he's a haolie as well.

 
At 1/17/2007 9:19 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Guess that makes Serge as asshaolie! By the way, what's a "haolie"?

 
At 1/17/2007 9:25 AM, Blogger jody said...

By the way, what's a "haolie"?

That's what they call white folks on the Islands.

 
At 1/17/2007 9:44 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

jody said...
By the way, what's a "haolie"?

That's what they call white folks on the Islands.
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Sounds a lot like the N word to me

 
At 1/17/2007 10:06 AM, Blogger jody said...

Sounds a lot like the N word to me

Yep. Pretty much.

 
At 1/17/2007 10:34 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

jody said...
Sounds a lot like the N word to me

Yep. Pretty much.
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Guess I ought to just be a psychic in Dime Box and stay clear of the islands! I'm almost as white as blade's backside.

 
At 1/18/2007 2:03 PM, Blogger TheBlade said...

Chuck said: Guess I ought to just be a psychic in Dime Box and stay clear of the islands! I'm almost as white as blade's backside.


Chuck, I don't know if you haven't yet experienced overt racial hostility directed against you for no reason, but if you haven't, I would actually recommend the Hawaiian Islands where you might find it in the right places -- that's where I found it for the first time. It really is a valuably educational experience, thought not a pleasant one.

 
At 1/18/2007 5:06 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...

TheBlade said...

Chuck, I don't know if you haven't yet experienced overt racial hostility directed against you for no reason...

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Blade, whenever I have encountered overt hostility of any kind, including what I've received on this blog, I assume I have earned such treatment in a previous existence. Add being overweight and balding to the white skin issue and you begin to understand me. Missing a few teeth and being saddled with acne scars don't help. If I weren't studying to be a psychic I would just give up!

Your prayers are always appreciated.

 
At 1/19/2007 10:00 AM, Anonymous mule puky said...

chuck said,

Your prayers are always appreciated.

Jody, you poo poo the idea that the environment can be influenced by chanting, which when done correctly with attention is a kind of prayer. What do you think about prayer itself. Research has been done which indicates that sick people who are prayed for get well sooner, even if they don't know people are praying for them.

 
At 1/19/2007 10:40 AM, Blogger jody said...

Research has been done which indicates that sick people who are prayed for get well sooner, even if they don't know people are praying for them.

And other research has shown the above to be baloney.

Prayer has power in the subjective sphere. A person can cure themselves of seemingly intractable illness by either their own prayers or the faith healing efforts of others. This points to the mind's seemingly amazing powers over itself and the body, not to the power of "sanskrit vibrations" or whatever other explanation one comes up with.

So, prayer can seem to have amazing properties within the subjective realm of the prayers. But trying to pray the Earth cooler is probably not going to abate global warming.

 
At 1/19/2007 12:55 PM, Blogger facedog said...

The older I get and the longer I meditate and pray, the less distinction I notice between myself and others. Where does the body end and the environment begin, Jody? If prayer can heal a body why can't it improve the environment?

 
At 1/19/2007 1:38 PM, Blogger jody said...

the less distinction I notice between myself and others

Or perhaps you are just choosing to notice it less.

Where does the body end and the environment begin

At the membrane known as skin.

If prayer can heal a body why can't it improve the environment?

Because a body can heal itself at its own prompt. A body prompting the environment supernaturally is an entirely different matter.

 
At 1/19/2007 3:50 PM, Blogger facedog said...

Jody said,
Because a body can heal itself at its own prompt. A body prompting the environment supernaturally is an entirely different matter.
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If the mind, body, and environment are connected in some way, then helping to heal the environment with prayer or attentive chanting would be the same as the mind healing the body through prayer. Nothing supernatural about either one.

As for choosing to notice there is less distinction between myself and others now, I agree. Nothing has changed, I just am more aware that we are linked.

 
At 7/19/2008 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing as Jody promotes herslef as being a native shame she can't spell the native words.... it is haole NOT haolie..... wondering what else she has got wrong.....

To slander someone that way publically (whether her info is correct or not) is most certainly not Ho'oponopono...... guess she got that wrong too!!

If you have a problem with Serge King or any person, whether they be a kumu/kupuna/kupa then it is your kuleana to be ho'oponopono.

But be ho'oponopono and go to the source!!

 
At 7/20/2008 4:21 PM, Blogger jody said...

Seeing as Jody promotes herslef as being a native shame she can't spell the native words....

Whoa! You're thinking of some other Jody. I'm just some white, middle-aged loser obviously in need of a life.

it is haole NOT haolie..... wondering what else she has got wrong.....

Heh. Specious argument. Just because I misspelled a word I've never written before doesn't by itself invalidate my points.

To slander someone that way publically (whether her info is correct or not) is most certainly not Ho'oponopono...... guess she got that wrong too!!

If only I knew that Honopononononono was.

If you have a problem with Serge King or any person, whether they be a kumu/kupuna/kupa then it is your kuleana to be ho'oponopono.

Ke Ka Ka'lua, Ho'po'jo'blo'no. I'm just a jerk who thinks he know-knows.

But be ho'oponopono and go to the source!!

If you've got to go somewhere for the source, you can't get there from here.

 
At 10/27/2015 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The word haole means without breath. It was said when Captain Cook reached out his hand to shake hands with the native Hawaiian. They were surprised since they greeted by honi (sharing of ha/breath.) This was a nickname the Hawaiian used when speaking of these white foreigners. It stuck and Hawaiian people use it for white foreigners. Haole is not a negative word unless of course the f word precedes it. Hope th

 

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