Max Freedom Long


Max’s Final Bulletin from May, 1971 (No. 1 in the last set of HRA Newsletters &
Research Bulletins done by Otha Wingo and Dolly Ware) is now available on the website,
along with others of this final volume. We will be posting once-a-week (on Thursdays) until we’ve added the complete set of 30. We are working with the people at Valdosta State University Archives in Georgia, which houses the MFL collection. It’s fairly massive, and we’ve chosen to start with this final set of newsletters. If you visit the Archives website and see something you’re interested in, please let us know.

Shortly after graduating from UCLA in 1917, Max Freedom Long moved to the island of Hawaii to teach in elementary schools. When he arrived, he claimed that some Native Hawaiians were practicing what he called “magic.” Long wrote that, at first, he was skeptical of this magic, but later became convinced that it worked. He devoted the rest of his life to creating theories about how the Native Hawaiians did what he claimed they did, and teaching those theories through the sale of books and newsletters.

Long decided to call his compilation of teachings Huna, because one meaning of the word is “hidden secret.” He wrote that he derived it from the word kahuna, which is a  priest or master craftsman who ranked near the top of the social scale.

Long founded the Huna Fellowship in 1945 and, starting in 1936, published a series of books on Huna, many of which are still in print.

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