SHA 604 Huna Shaman Training

Course Description:

Huna is a name given to the esoteric knowledge of ancient Hawaii. Shamanism is a craft that uses the powers of the mind and the forces of nature for healing and creativity.This course will cover Huna concepts and shamanic practices based on the following seven principles:

  • The world is what you think it is
  • There are no limits
  • Energy flows where attention goes
  • Now is the moment of power
  • To love is to be happy with…
  • All power comes from within
  • Effectiveness is the measure of truth

The students will learn basic skills for personal development and healing in preparation for applying them to further studies of Huna Shamanism.

Required text and learning materials:

Urban Shaman by Serge Kahili King. Available from The Huna Store.

Course prerequisites:

Degree students: Associate degree. Non-degree: None.

Course objectives:

Students will learn how to understand and apply the principles of Huna, and will be given a background in ancient and modern forms of shamanism In addition they will learn specific techniques used in Huna and Hawaiian shamanism for the healing of body, mind, and circumstance.

Course topics:

Huna Shamanism and its Hawaiian cultural aspects.

Course format:

Audio lectures, course readings, questions, forum.


Students will read the required text and listen to the audio classes.


Students will take a 10-question objective test for each week of reading and audio lecture. Students will also participate in forum discussions covering topics from the classes.

Course Calendar:

All courses, unless stated otherwise, are to be completed within a 12-week semester. Four quarters run each year. The academic calendar is listed on the IMU website.

Due dates for assignments created using the “assignment” tool automatically appear on the course calendar. Other events of interest may be placed on the course calendar by the instructor. Students may add events to their personal calendar.

Grading Scale:

90-100 = A, 89-80= B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 50-59=F

Serge King is an instructor for the International Metaphysical University, an online college offering degrees in metaphysics

Serge Kahili King

Serge Kahili King, Ph.D. has published the world’s largest selection of books and tapes on Huna, the Polynesian philosophy and practice of effective living, and in the spirit of Aloha, the attitude of love and peace for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. He also writes extensively on Hawaiian culture and is a celebrated novelist as well. Critics describe his style as “practical, down-to-earth, and easy to grasp.” Dr. King maintains this clarity in his books, his audio and video tapes, and his articles while sharing his Shamanic path and spiritual works with others around the world.

When Serge Kahili King was fourteen he was initiated into the path of Hawaiian shamanism by his father. At eighteen he was adopted as the grandson of Joseph Kahili of Kauai, a “kupua” or shaman of the Hawaiian tradition. In addition to his years of training with the Kahili family, Dr. King spent seven years in West Africa being trained in African shamanic traditions, and has made in-depth studies of other such traditions around the world. Today he teaches people how to use shamanic healing techniques and uses his knowledge to help others discover their own creative power.

Using his academic background, his years of training in African and Hawaiian shamanism, his experience in community development, and his cross-cultural research as source material, Dr. King has developed lectures, workshops and courses to provide people around the world with ways and means to improve their lives. In addition to speaking and teaching in many countries, he has formed “Aloha International,” a world-wide network of teachers, counselors, massage therapists and more than ten thousand individual members for the purpose of sharing his teachings. On his home island of Hawaii he gives workshops and trainings throughout the year, and holds teaching sessions every month that air regularly on cable television in the islands and on the US mainland.

Dr. King is the author and designer of “Search for Pele,” an edutainment CD-ROM game based on the legends, language and geography of the Big Island of Hawaii. He is also the author of Dangerous Journeys, a teaching story for Urban Shamans, and is well-known for his fascinating presentations of traditional legends.

His academic background includes a Ph.D. in psychology from California Coast University, a Master’s degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona, and a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Colorado, where he also became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. King also teaches and guides healing circles on two virtual islands owned by Aloha International in Second Life.

During seven years in West Africa, Dr. King directed community development and disaster relief programs for Catholic Relief Services in Dahomey (now Benin), Togo, Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. He organized, funded and administered school lunch programs, nutrition education programs, agricultural development programs, social services programs, leprosy treatment programs, and credit union programs. President Leopold Sedar Senghor, then president of Senegal, gave him a medal and inducted him into the Grand Ordre National du Senegal in recognition of his services to the African people.

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