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Hawaiian Myth, Magic, and Healing

Hawaii Island Retreat lands include the windswept cliffs and streamside meadows of Honopueo and Hana’ula, ancient land divisions in historic North Kohala. Here, weathered stones, or pohaku, keep council with native mangoes beneath a forested hula platform. Paths lead back through gardens and valley, as well as makai, or seaward, to a cobbled beach and cove.

The land holds stories, and the hint of magic, veiled in legends and misty mornings. We’ve captured some of the mystique and healing quality of the land in articles, poems, and vignettes of it hidden splendor. Joins us in celebrating Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia, this land of peace-giving stones as you sample the images and writings. It is green travel at its most magical.

Teachings of a stone named Tutu

“One of the major sources of our spiritual consciousness is found in our earliest life - the benevolent oneness of existence in our mother’s womb. Then, as an infant, we experience the freshness of seeing, feeling and touching the world for the first time, the immediate physical presence of our senses and our own needs. Reawakening this intimacy, recapturing a spontaneous unbroken trust in what we know and feel, is essential to finding our spiritual ground in later practice.”
- Jack Kornfield

Read more: Childhood Magic

“You must give birth to your images.
They are the future waiting to be born.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke

“It happened here, among the ironwoods,” Jeanne said. “One night, after several days of fasting in the valley below, I hiked up here to offer thanks to the ancestors of the land for their gifts and knowledge. There on the bluff,” she said, pointing to a stand of ironwood trees. “ I created a healing circle, sat down, and began my prayers.”

Read more: A Dream of Two Lifetimes