Nana I Ke Kumu
In Hawaii the essence of the center of knowledge and wisdom are Pikos (crowns or summits).
The pikos in our bodies are similar to the Hawaiian concept of the Lokahi Triangle which refers to the balanced relationship between spirit, nature and humanity. Each element of the Lokahi Triangle contributes to spiritual and physical well being as well as to universal harmony.
Many Pikos can be found in nature on the Hawaiian Islands. The most sacred Piko is Mauna Kea on the Big Island. It is the highest mountain in the Us and believed to connect Hawaii to the heavens.
The umbilical cord of a newborn child also is referred to as Piko. Following Hawaiian custom, the parents took their baby’s Piko (umbilical cord) to a lava field where they placed it in a hole and covered it with a rock. They believed that the Mana (spiritual energy) of the lava would bless their children with a long and prosperous life and root them to their ancestral lands.