Forged in Combat
Uncle David cont.
Whispering would draw the person in closer to hear. It was a gesture of friendship, but if the issue escalated, the Lua man would be able to reach out, “place his hand on him and put him to sleep.” The Lua man’s weapons were not spears, lances, forks or other obvious warrior tools, rather they were the same instruments used by the Kumahulas for dancing. These were unobtrusive, readily available throughout the village, non-threatening and, of course, had other more appropriate practical usefulness in the village ceremonies. Weapons were not used for striking but for harassing and pushing away. The real weapons of Lua are the prayers. If one is in good faith, his mana will issue forth. His “touches” can cut off the blood circulation to the heart or brain.
David, true to his own spirit, will say nothing derogatory to those who have attempted to recreate Lua in the image of Kempo and Jujutsu; on our long walks together he just patiently coaches me on how to listen to the wind, the water and to the birds. “See the birds; see how they twinkle? We twinkle like that…Practice in the water, learn to feel the currents. The water is alive, it moves, and has changing rhythms – the water can teach you the real Lua.”
Forty years later in 1959, Grandpa’s prediction came true for David. Hawaii became the 50th state that year and there was a great week-long celebration, the first of what has become known as “Aloha Week.” It was a celebration of bridging the old ways with new directions. Who better than Dr. Kaito to be such a bridge? He was elected by the elders to be “King of Aloha.” David presided over the festivities, wearing the robes of Kamehameha, King of the islands. David has been recently recognized as “Ambassador of Hawaii.” A proud all-knowing grandfather is certainly smiling on him from somewhere far above Haleakala.