Talks & Workshops

Hawaiian Wai Ola: Water of Life

BATH HOUSE

Pikai is a traditional Hawaiian ceremony of sprinkling seawater or salt water to purify an area or person from spiritual contamination and harmful energies. The use of freshwater, seawater and coconut water was used ceremonially. Essentially, when the water of purification (wai huikala) had sea salt in it, the ceremony was Pikai. Sometimes ʻolena (turmeric) or limu kala (sea vegetable) were added to the seawater for an enhanced outcome. Pikai helps relieve the feeling of being helpless or the fear of something unknown, to bring a sense of protection.

Pikai is a traditional Hawaiian ceremony of sprinkling seawater or salt water to purify an area or person from spiritual contamination and harmful energies. The use of freshwater, seawater and coconut water was used ceremonially. Essentially, when the water of purification (wai huikala) had sea salt in it, the ceremony was Pikai. Sometimes ʻolena (turmeric) or limu kala (sea vegetable) were added to the seawater for an enhanced outcome. Pikai helps relieve the feeling of being helpless or the fear of something unknown, to bring a sense of protection.