Voices of Wisdom, first published in 1999, contains magazine length articles based on interviews with 24 Hawaiian elders, complete with marvelous photos. Many of these elders have now "walked the rainbow". They are all people who acted on the concept that "one person can start a positive epidemic". They were all important players in the Hawaiian cultural renewal that continues today. We all follow in their footsteps.
One of my favorite stories in Wisdom of the Elders is Nainoa Thompson’s story of guiding a canoe using traditional navigation skills, by observing patterns of nature and tapping into intuition. Nainoa speaks of his experience guiding the canoe through the doldrums - a wall of heavy clouds, solid rain, and no wind located just north of the equator. He says,
“You have to be alert without being too intense, because to be able to endure, you’ve gotta relax, and that’s hard out there. If you get intense and you don’t relax, you get fatigued and you can’t endure. You get too tired to think.”….”Don’t look with your eyes. Let that go. Look inside for the answers”……”I knew, but I didn’t know how I knew. We kept sailing and sailing and I could track the moon in my mind.”Perhaps this advise applies not only to sailing a canoe in the doldrums, but to our own personal journey of navigating through life today.
These elders included in this book include: