A kahuna in the kitchen
By Mary Cook, Advertiser Food Editor  

And high time.
In this age of sudden product recall and
who knows what other kitchen stresses
seen or unseen, welcome Kahuna Morrnah
Nalamaku Simeona.
A kahuna lapa’au healer, herbalist,
minister and teacher, Simeona believes the
time has come to share ho’oponopono, a
once-flourishing Hawaiian technique of
problem-solving with the world.
Definitely, she believes it has a place in
the kitchen.
Simeona is addressing man-made vibes
like fear, anger, violence, guilt and
resentment, negatives “that go right into
the food” or they may cause kitchen errors
and accidents.
She presents a form of ho’oponopono
adapted for practical use in today’s world
and her credentials include lecturing at the
University of Hawaii School of Medicine
and its College of Continuing Education,
Kuakini Medical Center, independent
corporations here and on the mainland,
Johns Hopkins University in Maryland,
Harlem Hospital, Hunter College of
Nursing and Bellevue School of Nursing in
New York, Southeastern Medical Center in
Miami and the Albuquerque University and
School of Nursing in New Mexico.
For those starting at square one, with no
Hawaiian background, Simeona has
updated and modified her course on
ho’oponopono “to meet the understanding
and acceptance of multi-cultural and
international concepts.”
For the Advertiser Food Report, she
agreed to discuss it as it relates to meal
preparation and service. In an interview at
her Pacifica Seminars office in Piikoi
Street, she began at the beginning.
“In any processing of food we might say
the beginning in the Hawaiian way, would
the preparation of thought in clearing the
land, farming and putting the product in the
ground, she said.
“First, a cleansing of the land because
who knows, a thousand or a million years
ago, that land might have been used as a
sacrificial area or battle ground.
“So we do ho’oponopono or cleansing,
and once we do, we release the spirits to
the path of light and the land is usable,
highly positive, and the farmer puts his
product in and raises it.”
She spoke of the growth period, the
Hawaiian methods of composting, their
practice of recycling the earth three or four

times a year with different crops and
planting according to lunar periods.
“In harvesting today we have these vans
that take the crops to market, the person
who markets it and then it gets to the
households,” she said. “The householder
does not know how many hands that one
product has passed through.
“So when the food is cooked, when
everything is ready to serve, we look into
each container and do the cleansing of the
thought forms that were imbued by the
people who handled that food until it got to
the table.”
“Thought forms,” she explained, that
might have grown out of fights, arguments,
theft, or any kind of excessive, hurtful
Simeona said the process, a prayer to the
Divine Creator, would be like “having a
little clearing.”
It would go like this, “I, Morrnah
Simeona, wish to do a cleansing, a
ho’oponopono, on all the foods that have
been prepared, beginning with the growth
of the foods, wherever they came from, the
farmer, the dispenser, the people who
transported them on the certain line of
trucks to the airport, the airline, the ocean
over which they crossed and when they got
here, the people that dispensed them, till
they got to the super market and were
brought home – the many paths that have
been touched in order for this food to reach
this household.”
She also would include the householder’s
cooking containers, and utensils, dishes,
glass, silverware and table décor,
especially if it includes ”earth entities”
(soil, rocks, or stones). Also, antiques that
may have been purchased, loaned,
inherited or stolen, not necessarily by the
person using them.
The longer their history, known or
unknown to the present owners, the more
chance these objects might be in need of a
good ho’oponopono cleansing, she said.
As Hawaiian food gatherer’s way of
expressing thanks is to give back one live
fish to the sea, or one of anything that is
taken ot harvested from the land, Simeona
said that the idea is manifested today by
offering a blessing before eating the food.
“A blessing of all those who prepared the
food, who took part in the cultivation and
production of the food and made it possible
to reach our table.
“Putting out your thought form is like
letting one fish go back to the Creator.” she
Having cleansed the food of all possible
bad vibes, and readied it to meet the needs
of family and guests, what about the next
dining hazard: Over-eating?
That, said Simeona, is also a fit subject for
Parenthetically, she said, the ancient
Hawaiians were big people but not what
she would consider obese “because their
diet then was very simple.”
“Now many people eat out of frustration,
fear, feelings of inadequacy, lack of love or
rejection,” she said.
“Or they are goaded into eating a lot of
food in early life. Or they have been denied
enough of food and later become gluttons.
Whatever the cause, it becomes a habit.
“So, in the cleansing prayer, the
overweight individual would include “all
my fears, frustrations, lack of confidence,
self abuse,” or whatever other things
contribute to the person’s overweight and
would ask forgiveness for any offenses.
When the unwanted experiences and
conditions have been named,
ho’oponopono would ask that they be
“cleansed, purified, cut and released and
transmuted to pure light.”
Totally erased. And along with them, the
need to overeat.
Simeona explained: “It’s pulling these
things out of your personal computer.
They may be so far down that it may take a
little while for them to sift up to the top.
“Actually, it’s sending down a request to
your subconscious and, one by one, they
will come up. And as they sift to the top,
forgiveness skims them off and the word
“transmute” changes them to pure light.
“That way, you’re not polluting the
atmosphere with old negative thoughts and
A tidy method to be sure, Simeona
commented on its cultural background.
“In early Hawaii.” She said. “Mental,
physical and spiritual aspects of the
individual were fully communicated, and
all the unpleasantness was transmuted.
“The people expressed their mental
discipline outwardly and, because it was
their way of life, they were at peace with
themselves and they imbued peace and
balance in daily living.
And today?

The Honolulu Advertiser , Wednesday, September 8, 1982