Havaiki i ruga, Havaiki i Taputapu-atea, Havaiki i raro
The Founding of Paradise
The birth of an island culture was a ritual which healthy and brave Pacific Islanders desired. It was not wars and conquest that led the Island Peoples to wander the whole Pacific. It was love and appreciation of the Paradise they found themselves to be blessed within. Few cultures around the world have kept the dream alive as profoundly and lovingly as the people who searched and found the island paradise of Hawai'i.
The following is a presentation which demonstrates the birth of a myth. We cannot even say for sure that the myth came after the founding of the island. If we are to believe the traditions of the people of the Pacific, it was manna from heaven that led them to the chain of islands that cross the Tropic of Cancer and the northern summer solstice zenith meridian. The following legend of a Disenchanted Wife also tells a story about the first finding of the archipelago of the Hawaiian islands. The story is deep with meaning, and many tellings of the legend of the wife who wandered back to her home are required to grasp its true power, spirit, and the manna from Havaiki i ruga, the Paradise Above.
Polynesians purposefully sailed between the distant islands of the Pacific. They accomplished this with unsurpassed skills at navigating the ocean, and provisioning for the people who were on a course to establish a culture in a new world. The objectives of the legend are many. It is a simple story to remember, and therefore, it becomes part of the culture. It has direct celestial correspondence to events in the heavens, which preserves its spiritual manna for tens of thousands of years. It identifies the zenith stars for the destination, thus, it is a celestial map of the order, "as it is above, so it is below." It tells a moral of disenchantment, which is overcome by proper understanding of the nurturing of the extended family. The extended family was the mainstay of the culture.
By maintaining the legends, the ancestors, who had been on a journey to witness the rising of the sun, would be able to come back to visit their children when the sacred moment had arrived. Polynesian travelers who went to Easter Island set up the whole island as a sacred site dedicated to ancestral spirits, 'Ua hoki oia i Havaiki.' Polynesian travelers who went to Hawaii found paradise for the living. These two locations are antipodal to the galaxy. The former is at the south galactic axis when the sun begins to rise. The latter are a chain of islands in an archipelago that remains on the north galactic axis for two thousand years. Thus, it can truly be said that Hawaii is heaven on earth, Havaiki i Taputapu-atea.
From: Havaiki: The Land Under The Land
This is a poem from Fakarava island in the western Tuamotus:
Havaiki i ruga, Havaiki i raro, Havaiki i Taputapu-atea,
Havaiki above, Havaiki below, Havaiki at Taputapu-atea,
This poem talks about a magical land called Havaiki. The old Tuamotuans believed in a land above the land named Havaiki-ki-ruga (Havaiki-Above) and in a land under the land named Havaiki-ki-raro. When someone died, the old Tuamotuans would say: 'Ua hoki oia i Havaiki' (He has returned to Havaiki).
There was also a Havaiki that was on this earth. In this poem it is referred to as Havaiki-i-Taputapu-atea, or Havaiki at Taputapu-atea. This refers to a marae (worship ground) on Fakarava island that was named Taputapu-atea. The old name for Fakarava was Havaiki.
There was a man and a woman that lived together on Fakarava. One time this woman had an argument with her husband and she went out of the house and walked along the beach as she thought about the argument. She met another man that she had never met before. This was a strange thing because she knew everyone that lived on the island and he was a stranger. He told her to follow him and she did. They walked along the beach for a ways and they came to a place where they could look down onto the waves crashing onto the beach. He told her to jump in but she declined. She said that if he jumped in first then she would follow. So he jumped in and as soon as he was in the water he disappeared. She jumped in, and she disappeared also.
They went down to a land that is under the land. That land is called Havaiki-i-Raro (Havaiki Below) and they lived together for awhile. At first the other people there did not like this woman because she was a stranger.
She made friends with them and this is how.
After she lived with the man who had brought her to Havaiki-i-Raro she became pregnant and after about nine months she was going to deliver. The people of this land came to her with a knife and they told her that they would cut her open to deliver the baby. The people of this land were ignorant of the real way babies are born and that is why they did things like this. The custom was to open the womb of the mother. The baby would live and the mother would die.
This woman told the people to not worry about helping her deliver her baby because she would show them the proper way to deliver babies. So she did and after they learned how to do it they were all very pleased and they liked this woman for showing them such a wonderful thing.
This woman lived in Havaiki-i-Raro for awhile longer until the day that she wanted to come back onto the land. The place that she came out on the land was on the island of Hawaii. For that reason that island is called Hawaii after Havaiki-i-Raro and Havaiki-i-Taputapu-atea in the Tuamotus.
When she came to Hawaii, she brought with her the red pandanus that she had brought from Fakarava. The red pandanus still grows on Hawaii island.
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Come back soon, and see the Red Pandanus flower that passes over the enchanted lands of Hawaii i Taputapu-atea every day. By the year 3100, the island of O'ahu will be directly aligned with Havaiki i ruga and the top of the galaxy. The constellation at the top is the hula skirt in the sky, which was taken from the tree of life far below in the land of Havaiki i raro. You can visit Havaiki i raro at Easter Island and find a place constructed for the ancestors who are awaiting a chance to return to Havaiki i Taputapu-atea on Earth.
Views of Hawaii from Havaiki i
From STS-26 (26) DISCOVERY 26th Shuttle mission 7th Flight OV-103
Launch: September 29, 1988,11:37:00 a.m. EDT.
Orbit: Altitude: 203nm Inclination: 28.5degrees
Landing: October 3, 1988, 9:37:11 a.m. PDT.
Polynesian Ancestors Return
After Waiting for the Rising Sun
On Saturday , May 13 1995 , the people of Hawai`i gathered at Ke`ehi Lagoon
on the island of O`ahu to celebrate the Homecoming of the Polynesian Voyaging Canoes.
This celebration marked the end of their quest to sail the ancestral voyaging paths across
the Polynesia's and from the Marquesas to the Hawaiian Islands, and thru traditional ceremonies,
they lifted a 600 year old curse that divided the ancient Polynesian Voyagers reuniting the
"Na` Ohana Holo Moana" ( Voyaging Families of the Vast Ocean )
Perinet pool with Pandanus. The leaves of Pandanus, the large plant at the right.
Pandanus: The pictures above show why Pandanus is called "screw-pine". The image on the left is a close-up
of the flying buttresses which support the tree; note the spiral pattern in the bark. The image in the middle shows
a stand of pandane trees; note the tiny person at the bottom of the picture. The image to the right is a male flower
of P. odoratissimus. This flower could very easily be the constellation at the hand of the constellation of Virgo,
called Coma Berenices. If so, then the Polynesian Tree of Life is the screw pine. Its "flying buttresses" descending
into the "Land Under the Land" is a metaphor for sacred ancestors.
The trunk as the Land in Between is a metaphor for living generations,
they travel in similar cycles, while continuing to rise from the Land Below.
Its leaves and flowers as the Land Above is a metaphor for future generations.
The seeds of the future generation must fall into the Land Under the Land to find ancestral roots.
Like the Pandanus, the Polynesian extended family branches out in both
directions, as it is above, so it is below.
This metaphor also corresponds to three places on the axis of the galaxy. Currently the south galactic axis passes
through Easter Island, which is a sacred site for ceremonial burial and resurrection of ancestors waiting the rising
sun that began in 1997. The Hawaiian archipelago has been crossed by the top of the galaxy since 1779 AD, and
will continue to be so aligned until 3700 AD. As Coma Berenices crosses the islands, the galaxy surrounds the
horizon. This places Hawaii in the center of Havaiki i Taputapu-atea, the paradise in between. As a navigational aid,
the sailor looks for the Virgin, and when the husband, Ophiuchus, rises on the east as the twins set in the west, the
great reef of the Milky Way will surround the sailor when he is near the latitudes of the Hawaiian archipelago.
Legend of the Land Below the Land
Why wont he pay attention to ME?|
I know I'm right! I will walk on the beach and think it over.|
A Stranger talked me into a swim.
Now the Strangers want to cut out my child and destroy my spirit.|
My husband had gone before me to prepare a place for me and the child.
The desire is for balance, as I go back to Havaiki i ruga, to be with them.
The strangers in the land down under were my misunderstood dreams.
The Stranger on the beach was a hidden reason which made me wander,
and find my husband who had been brought to show me my purpose.
When the wife of paradise came to Hawaii, she brought with her the
red pandanus that she had nurtured in Havaiki i raro. The red pandanus
still lights the sky over the Hawaiian Islands. And it will continue, as long as
stars shine from Havaiki, though from time to time, the wife will become
disenchanted and wander to the land where seeds are planted.
To be completed
The day is coming when all Hawaiian children will know what passes overhead.
They will be able look all around the horizon, and know that sacred place.
Until that time, Hawaii can always be found by looking overhead for the
disenchanted wife; walking with a stranger on the beach, falling into
Havaiki i raro to show little green men the secret of motherhood,
giving reasonable care to children in Havaiki i taputapu-atea.
When she passes the Hawaiian zenith as a happy wife,
holding a Red Pandanus flower in her hand, the
sacred lands of Havaiki i taputapu-atea
will be a reef protecting the spirit of
the once disenchanted wife, in
Hawaii i Taputapu-atea.
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