All affairs were conducted in accordance with nature. Asking permission of and giving thanks to nature was part of Hawaii’s customs acknowledging the spirit in all things and practicing devotion for life. Hawaiians called upon their inner wisdom to make the most out of nature’s offerings.
Through prayers and chants they honored the divinity within all things and people. Rather than wasting their energy talking, they went deep into silence communicating with nature and people through their minds. When they did talk their words carried the power of inner wisdom.
Hawaiians showed respect for all life. Nature responded to them by giving freely of her abundance and blessings.
Mana is the source underlying the wisdom of Hawaii’s spiritual journey.