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Today's Skeptoid Podcast is about Huna and Max Freedom Long. It is also a written article:

Dunning, B. "Huna: New Age on an Island." Skeptoid Podcast. Skeptoid Media, 23 Nov 2021. Web. 23 Nov 2021. <>

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Huna blends generic New Age spiritualism with a concocted version of Hawaiian tradition.

by Brian Dunning — Skeptoid Podcast #807 — November 23, 2021 — Listen (15 minutes):

Travel to Hawai?i, or visit any sort of New Age conference, and you're going to be exposed to Huna. Huna is presented as, and believed by many to be, a system of secret ancient Hawaiian wisdom that you can learn and gain insight, improve yourself or your life, or be more successful, whatever you want. Key to its attractiveness to westerners is its claim of having its basis on an enlightened ancient culture. Is Huna truly a miracle solution, available to anyone for the price of a seminar; or is it just another New Age lifestyle, only festooned with Hawaiian imagery to give it an air of illumination and legitimacy? Today we're going to point our skeptical eye at Huna, and especially at its founder, Max Freedom Long, and his fundamental claim that it is represents a brand of ancient Hawaiian wisdom as passed down through its priests, the k?huna.
It's pretty easy to summarize Huna, and to do so with dead accuracy, as it's little more than yet another iteration of the old "spin the wheel and make up a New Age philosophy." Huna consists of the exact same generic New Age mysticism — though most authors of Long's day called it the New Thought movement — that's been recycled time and time again. Long anchored it with a handful of true facts about Hawaiian k?huna, and then layered on the old familiar metaphysics, spiritualism, and the "law of attraction" that says positive thinking is enough to make anything come true — which we talked about way back in episode #96 about the 2006 book and movie The Secret. (That book even has the same title, as Huna is an actual Hawaiian word for secret.) This means there's nothing in Huna that you can't get from a discount used book store for 99 cents. Long's only contribution was to decorate it with misused or made-up Hawaiian-sounding words and traditions. Regarding Huna as Hawaiian in any way is an insult to actual Hawaiian culture, and to Hawaiians themselves. It's a very haole thing to do
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--- Quote from: Pono Aloha on September 19, 2012, 06:43:06 pm ---Professor Lisa Kahaleole Hall, Ph.D., writes in a peer-reviewed journal that Huna "bears absolutely no resemblance to any Hawaiian worldview or spiritual practice" and calls it part of the "New Age spiritual industry.” ("'Hawaiian at Heart' and Other Fictions," The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 17, Number 2, 404-413, 2005 by University of Hawai'i Press, )

Huna books are "examples of cultural appropriation." (Chai, p. 102)
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The URL to that article goes awry. I searched and found it here:

In this thread there is a book chapter, "Mana for a New Age" by Rachel Morgain:
[Mana for a New Age- Debunking Max Long & Serge King]


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