When Inette Miller — a single mother, former war correspondent, nice Jewish girl, and respected journalist — traveled to Hawaii for a week’s vacation, little did she dream that she would stay for a lifetime. And not a lifetime of luxury in paradise, either, but a grueling physical and spiritual journey that would tax every desire and concept she ever held dear.
For on that vacation she met ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani, guardian of the Aboriginal Hawaiian Culture, who was “living rough” on a beach in Kaua’i and seeking a way to bring his deep insights to his own people and to the world.
‘Iokepa, she soon learned, had given up all trappings of his former life — an upscale home, fancy cars, and multi-million-dollar construction business — to heed the inner call of his ancestral Grandmothers to assume his role in an ancient prophecy.
“What do you mean, your dead grandmothers spoke to you?” Inette asked him, initially incredulous. But as ‘Iokepa related his own story, Inette felt similarly called to join him.
Perhaps you feel called to hear the rest of their remarkable story? Inette Miller ‘Imaikalani, the author of Grandmother’s Whisper — Ancient Voices, Timeless Wisdom: A Modern Love Story, will be joined by her now-husband, ‘Iokepa, for an evening of authentic and experiential teachings of the Hawaiian Grandmothers, ‘Iokepa’s traditional matrilineal culture.
The event will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Eye of Horus Metaphysical, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis (just south of Lake Street on Lyndale Avenue). Admission is free.
For 12,300 years, the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands embraced a culture that refused the possibility of war. The seminar will awaken the ancient wisdom-ritual and practices that dissipate anger, prevent violence and foster harmony. The guest speakers will share the teachings’ profound implications for the 21st century.
“My ancestors are your ancestors,” says ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani. “The ancient wisdom is universal, and our ability to access it is unlimited. I am not a teacher; I’m only here to remind you of what you already know.”
At this unique literary event, ‘Iokepa will chant, he and Inette will share their stories, and Inette will read from her book, Grandmothers Whisper, which won the national 2011 Visionary Award for Book of the Year for excellence in spiritual writing. The event will offer ample time for discussion and book signing.