Huna is the ancient spiritual, psychological, and physical healing discipline of Hawai'i, a tradition that was secretly transferred from teacher to initiate for many generations. For the first time, this tradition is brought to the general public by someone chosen to carry on one of Huna's lineages, Dr. Matthew James. A university president, lecturer, and trainer, Dr. James has studied many ancient paths but is dedicated to preserving the practice and wisdom of Huna. While horing the integrity of Huna in The Foundation of Huna; Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Dr. James translates Huna's primordial teachings into contemporary realities, offering practical applications of Huna principles to enhance health, prosperity, and well being in all aspects of life.
Matthew B. James, MA, Ph.D., is President of Kona University which offers integrative psychology and clinical therapeutic degrees; and President of The Empowerment Partnership, where he serves as a master trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a practical behavioral technology for helping people achieve their desired results in life. Dr. James delivers seminars and cultural trainings throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. Due to his expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), indigenous cultures and his research on forgiveness, Dr. James is a regular Psychology Today blog contributor and is often quoted in magazines, newspapers and has been featured on Fox News, CNN Headline News and many other TV and radio shows around the world. As an international speaker and educator, he embodies the principles he teaches. His new book, The Foundation of Huna: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, details forgiveness and meditation techniques used in Hawaii for hundreds of years. Dr. James carries on the lineage of one of the last practicing kahuna of mental health and well-being. These traditions span 28 generations and have been presented to the United Nations to further peace amongst diverse countries and cultures. The focus of Dr. James' educational commitments include stress reduction, trust between practitioner and client, as well as rapport building to improve efficacy and results in the healing arts. Furthermore, Dr. James focuses on leadership models to improve communication within families, organizations and communities. Dr. James' degrees include an MA in Organizational Management, and a Ph.D. in Health (Integrative) Psychology. His dissertation was titled Ho'oponopono: Assessing the Effects of a Traditional Hawaiian Forgiveness Technique on Unforgiveness, and is available in print, or online through UMI or ProQuest.