Hawaiian Prayers for Life Events
Kahu Wendell Kalanikapuaenui Silva
Hawaiʻi Cultural Surveys
Paperback, 100 pp.
Hawaiian Prayers for Life Events is one-of-a-kind resource book of prayers inspired by the past and reflective of the present. It offers a treasure trove of traditional and contemporary prayers that spiritually commemorate life’s most precious moments in the cycle of life. Celebrate your marriage, the birth of a child, retirement and more. A traditional Hawaiian proverb precedes each prayer followed by a passage describing the prayer’s spiritual and cultural significance. Presented in the Native Hawaiian language with English translations ensures that their cultural authenticity and spiritual integrity are preserved and perpetuated. Composed for private as well as communal use, many of the prayers in this book reflect similar spiritual beliefs, value systems and teachings that early Hawaiians shared in common with a variety of other faiths.
While many people today have differing religious philosophies and ideology, most people share similar needs and intents around prayers as a form of worship. Whatever your spiritual path in life, it is hoped that the prayers included in this anthology will inspire you to ask, receive and give your blessings for a wide variety of personal intentions, special needs and life events. A gift of aloha, it represents a personal testament to the power of prayer. May it enlighten, encourage, and inspire you to lift your voice in the art of prayer and unite your soul with the spiritual essence of the divine.