If the winds of La’amaomao, the sacred calabash, are stirring in your life, you are being calledAccording to The Wind Gourd of La ‘amaomao (1990),  all the winds of Hawaii were once contained in a supernatural gourd.[1]  The calabash (gourd) served as the intermediary between its keeper and the 32 winds that originate at the horizon, rua matangi (wind pits).[2]  Pāka‘a inherited the wind gourd from his mother, La’amaomao, who was a descendant of the wind goddess bearing the same name.  When chanting and removing the Tapa (bark cloth) from directional holes in the gourd, Pāka‘a could invite hundreds of South Sea Islands trade winds for protection, bountiful harvests, and rain.

[clickToTweet tweet=”This sacred story demonstrates the vital relationship between language, and the world of nature ” quote=”This sacred Mo’olelo (story) demonstrates the dynamic and vital relationship between the Hawaiian people, their language, and the world of nature in which they lived.”] Many versions of the same story are told.

If the winds of La’amaomao, the sacred calabash, are stirring in your life, you are being called to examine your past, present, and future relationships with people, places, and things in all areas of your life,


When the twisted tapa emerges from east hole of the Wind Gourd, be prepared to have your mental faculties put to a stringent test. Opportunities disguised as challenging riddles will manifest on the horizon of your consciousness. Use your mind to find simple solutions. Remember that Pāka‘a’s trials and tribulations with the wind caused him to invent the sail.

What are you waiting for? Even though Pāka‘a believed his king would eventually return home, he wisely spent his time training his son and building a strong community.  If the wind brings forth a confusing mixture of bones, uncertainty, or unexpected results, call upon La’amaomao for guidance. Have faith, be patient, and know that a new strategy will emerge to show you the way.



[1] Translation– The Hawaiian Tradition of Pakaa and Ku-a-Pakaa, the Trusted Attendants of Keawenuiaumi, the King of Hawaii, and the Grandson of Laamaomao, Hoakalei Cultural Foundation. http://www.hoakaleifoundation.org Accessed on the web June 2016

[2] Mana Makani: The Power of the Wind, Online Learning Center, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HA

http://resources.bishopmuseumeducation.org/resource_type/lesson/LM_Power_of_the_Wind_V04.pdf  Accessed on the Web. June 22, 2016


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