Videos of Hawaiian Cosmology
Welcome to our collection of videos of Hawaiian cosmology. I marvel over the magic implicit in a life regulated by the effects of the moon on the rhythms of flowering plants and tides and the comings and goings of fish; by the kapu and their ordering of man’s relationship with his environment, by the poetic analogies that evoke parallels between the dimensions of the physical and the spirit. If one were looking to acquire a quick handle on the nature of the traditional Hawaiian mindset, I would commend the moon calendar enthusiastically. How much more poignant and relevant than the stark dictates of some calendar cooked up by prelates and popes in some faraway land in some faraway time.
E ala e Ka la i kahikina I ka moana Ka moana hohonu Pi’i ka lewa Ka lewa nu’u I ka hikina Aia ka la. E ala e! – Arise! The sun in the east, from the ocean, the ocean deep, climbing to the heaven. The heaven, highest In the east… there is the sun. Awaken!
“The First Hawaiian” (4:52)
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