Happy MokuManaMana Day!

the densest concentration of sacred sites in all Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiian Civilization in many subtle and sublime ways is much more advanced than ‘The West’ has long understood.  Thousands of years before Europeans ventured away from their coastlines, the Polynesian ‘Wayfinders’ were navigating across thousands of miles of open ocean, to and from tiny islands.  How did they do this?



As you can see from the diagram above, axis of the Earth’s rotation  is not perpendicular to the plane of our orbit, but inclined almost 23.4 degrees. Perhaps a major impact event in our early solar system knocked us  slightly off kilter?

Whatever the cause, the result of this axial ‘obliquity’, as our whorling Earth/Moon system orbits each year, the Sun seems to travel from in more and more northerly arcs across the sky from January until the June ‘Solstice’, where it apears to ‘pause’ directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer (~23.4 degrees north), before ‘returning’ south again.

This annual solar ‘traveling’ was well known to many ancient cultures, including the Polynesians. As one of the premier instrument-free navigating cultures of the world, their careful observations of the natural world  like this enabled them to precisely locate themselves, and sail back and forth across the Pacific  They identified this northerly path of the Sun as ‘The Great Shining Black Road of Kane’

As it turns out, along this ‘Great and Shining Black Road of Kane’ is the small rocky islet of MokuManaMana. MokuManaMana is about as far NNW of Kaua’i as the Big Island of Hawai’i is to the ESE, making Kaua’i not “the top of the chain” as it is sometimes referred to today, but rather the smack dab in the middle.

MokuManaMana is a powerly sacred place.  Even though it is hundreds of miles from the main island group, the density of sacred terraces on this island is more than any other.

On June 21st at midday the Sun is directly MokuManaMana. If you were to be standing there with the Sun blazing overhead, you would see the Sun casts no shadow on the ground.  The classical precontact Hawaiians referred to this phenomenon  as “Sun heaped on the brains.”

Why would the Hawaiians come all the way out here? As  is often the case, the answer lies within the name. ‘Mana’ is a vital and profound spiritual power. When a word is double up or repeated, the quality referred to is greatly multiplied in potentcy.  It is highly likely MokuManaMana was understood to be a vital observation platform to geolocate

Happy MokuManaMana Day!

 

 

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