The Way of Pōnō | The Concept of Pō

Hālau 'Aha Hūi Lanakila™

This lesson comes from the teachings of Kumu Hula Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, a well known and innovative Hula master whose Halau is located in Oakland, California. This lesson is taught in mo’olelo, a sacred learning circle, and is usually accompanied to the beat of traditional Pahu drums. It is a soulful experience to be in his presence … his Mana is extraordinary!

Q: What is Pō?

A: Pō is described as Light or Darkness. In the early times of Hawai’i, the people measured time on a lunar cycle. The Hawaiian day actually began at Midnight. Hence, the days of the week were named Pō’akahi (Monday, or first day), Pō’alua (Tuesday, or second day), and so on.

Q: What does Pō beyond the horizon mean?

A: Pō also means obscurity, or things not understood. Mythically, it was a time of the Divide, a time of the Gods. For some, it is a…

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