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I first set eyes on the Hawaiian Islands on a business trip in 1980. During that visit, I had a profound feeling of being "home," and my life was never the same. For the next three decades I would study with many kumu (teachers) in Hawai'i and on the mainland. For years, I made so many visits there, that Hawai'i became my "mainland."

I received a Hawaiian name, Mahina, meaning moon or moonlight.

It was my privilege to lecture and teach Hawaiian spirituality at Huna Research Seminars and the Conference on International Shamanism. In California, I studied the Hawaiian language and experienced Hawaiian culture with a group, Onipa'a. My husband and I owned a home in Waikoloa, Hawai'i. On my visits there, I was close to my kumu, she who had been an apprentice of Daddy Bray. We had wonderful experiences together.

I wrote my book, Fundamentals of Hawaiian Mysticism, at the invitation of a small California publisher, which eventually became part of Penguin Random House. The book was first published in 2000 and reprinted. It's available currently both in print and as an e-book. My one aim in writing it was to give others the gift of knowledge that was given to me.

After residing 20 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a spiritual mecca of its own, I live today on the lovely Central Coast of California. I've become a painter in oils and enjoy the artist's life with my husband Carl, a stone sculptor.

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