Our Hawaiian Wedding: A Rite of Passage

 

 

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For those who have not met me, my name is George Kamana Hunter.  I work as a Healer and I am the founder of the Bloodline Healing Project which is a multicultural forum where people can receive many healing Rites of Passage.  As a facilitator, I have had the pleasure of participating in baby blessings, initiations into adulthood, and even helping people with their passage into the next world. But, on the day of my wedding, the roles were reversed.  I was the groom, a key receiver in a glorious experience created for my wife and I by our community here in Oahu, HI.  It was on this day, that I truly appreciated the importance of having our Rites of Passage in modern times.  The fun, the nerves, the exhilaration, and the sense of being witnessed were all essential components of a profound union to my partner.  As I look over at my wife, there is a gentle buzz that permeates the air between us two. The wedding ceremony enhanced that exchange, that all encompassing connection between husband and wife.  I have chosen to be transparent and share our special day with the world by retelling some key, emotional moments of our ceremony.  I feel a deeper understanding of my work now that I had personally received the respect and care of our wedding.  Throughout the day, we both had the profound sense that we were doing it right!  Everything flowed in a good way thanks to the family and friends that had come together to honor us.  Enjoy!

It was the morning of my wedding. I woke up full of anticipation. We had met 4 years ago and worked hard to build a sound foundation.  I had been waiting my whole life for her. I felt ready.

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All was set. Friends and family had pulled together to make our day special. The sandy aisle was lined with abalone shells which led to the ocean. There stood an archway filled with white satin and green foliage. We were ready.

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My parents walked me down the aisle. My first tear fell. It was happening. The day I had dreamed about for years had finally come. I met with the groomsmen and looked into my best man’s eye. He was ready.

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My bride walked down the aisle with her parents. Astonishing, liquid love in motion, as her white dress slide across the sand.

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IMG_6342 (2)Her beauty overcame me. For this, I was not ready.

IMG_6311 (2)We dried each others tears. The Hawaiian Kahu, Auntie Alona, sang and guided us through our rite.  The crowd gathered around. They cried too. And then it came, the Great Peace washed over us. This was right. This was true.

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Our hands bound together in Irish Lace and Koa Lei, we kissed. We walked down the aisle together, husband and wife, partnered for life.

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We face Life together, fortunate and ready.

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Ocean Front Powwow in Paradise

As I look forward to being the MC of the Hilo All Nations Powwow on September 20th-21st, 2014, my heart gets warm with memories of last year’s powwow.  One of my favorite highlights was the Eastern Sky Ambassadors flying in from Canada to share Smoke Dance on Big Island Hawaii.  This year, we are joined by the Moiy’ma Hopi Eagle Dancers who are flying in from Hopi territory in Arizona.

Performing at the All Nations Powwow in Hilo Hawaii Sept 20th-21st.

Performing at the All Nations Powwow in Hilo Hawaii Sept 20th-21st.

Recently, I visited the new powwow grounds in Keaukaha Hawaiian Village on Big Island Hawaii, a Beach Park in Hilo, and I was struck by the lapping waves on this volcanic island.  Such a surge of energy ran through me as I envisioned the next group of Powwow Dancers and participants who will get to enter such a rare arena in the lush foliage of Hawaii. Not too far from the grounds are the famous Cold Ponds, a mix of cool underground spring water that combines with the warm salty water of the ocean.  It is said that the water has curative properties.  I agree.  It’s the perfect place to take a dip after a long day of singing and dancing.

I added a video clip showing the new grounds as well as some favorite moments from last year’s All Nations Powwow in Hilo.  Enjoy.

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Brandeis Workshop Highlights Video

 

We had a magnificent Bloodline Healing workshop at Brandeis-Bardin in Simi Valley, CA.  Here are some of the highlights, including 2 adorable horses and a few workshops videos.  Enjoy.

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Lanterns Floating Hawaii

It was an amazing gathering of 50,000 people at Ala Moana Beach in Oahu. People from various backgrounds gathered to send candle lit lanterns into the ocean in honor of their deceased loved ones. The ceremony itself involved the blessing of a Japanese Buddhist High Monk, a Hawaiian chant by Uncle Hau’ole, and a send off of canoes which gather the lanterns that have been sent out to sea. I felt enveloped by glowing comfort as I stood in waste high water, surrounded by lanterns with my future wife.

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Kamana Surfing at Rockpiles, Oahu

After a week of healing sessions with clients, I like to go surfing to clear out my mind and body. Its a form a celebration and renewal for me. I feel refreshed and mana-ful afterwards. Enjoy.

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