There was a third reason which was less obvious. Huna is not a religion. It is in a sense ascience. It is a way of looking at the Universe and understanding how it operates. Overthe many years that Huna operated in Hawaii, the people of Hawaii had many differentreligions. In most cases they were based around what they referred to as their
orHigher Self. Long described the Higher Self as the
Totally Benevolent, TotallyTrustworthy Parental Spirit
. Jesus clearly was an Higher Self so he fit easily into thepantheon of family aumakua and became the symbol, and in many cases, the FatherAumakua. Long tells us, in his book
The Hidden Code of Religion in Huna,
that hebelieved Jesus was a kahuna and that through the Bible he spoke to the people as a greatkahuna would.Long suggests, however, that since there is no specific reference to Jesus and that certainkey elements of Jesus' life are missing from this hidden code, that Huna may well havepreceded Jesus and that it probably existed in Hawaii, long before the existence of Christ.Many scholars and Hawaiian historians have presented theories of the origin of theHawaiian people. Some believe that they are descendants of the lost tribes of Israel,others believe that they are the remnants of the survivors of the lost continent of Mu(Lemuria). Still others, have traced them and the Huna philosophy to early Egypt aboutthe time of the building of the first pyramids. Long believed that the original knowledgeof Huna began in Egypt and that there are a number of clear indications that this was thecase. He takes careful pains to show similarities between Egyptian and Huna code wordsand symbols, also because of certain similarities in events and history. He believed thatthese are definite similarities in the established genesis myths of the two cultures. Heeven sites evidence in the form of a Berber woman kahuna who knew the secret code of Huna and taught them in part to an Englishman who later contacted Long and discussed itwith him. The Berber woman "kahuna" told the Englishman a story from the tradition of her people that tells that they worked on the great pyramids of Egypt, they were enslavedand finally broke their bondage. While leaving Egypt they divided into several groupsand some went east toward Asia, while her tribe went west and settled in the Atlasmountains of North Africa.Long traces the migration of the Huna knowledge into India, Indonesia, New Zealand,Java, Samoa, Tahiti, the Marshall islands and finally, to Hawaii. And in fact elements of Huna still exists in all of these areas.There is another element that is unclear and that is the relationship of Huna to theMysteries. Huna operates much like the ancient mysteries as exemplified by themysteries of Temple of Solomon (the Rosicrucian and Free Masons believe that they hadtheir origins here), the Elysian mysteries, as well as the Druid mysteries, yet along withmany commonalities and similarities, there are significant differences. Possibly with timemore light will be shed on this question.