Welcome to Sweat Lodge Hawaii
About the Palolo Lodge
Every three weeks our tiospaye (family) gather to purify and pray together in the back of Palolo Valley on the island of Oahu. This traditional Lakota sweat lodge is based on the teachings of such medicine men as Fools Crow, Black Elk, and Grandpa Sidney Keith, leader of the Sun Dance at the Cheyenne River Reservation for many years. You can receive announcements of our upcoming lodges by joining our mailing list.
In keeping with this age old tradition we ask that participants respect the following guidelines:
1) Please come on time. There is nothing more funky that to be sitting in a lodge deep in your connection to life and have a few stragglers decide to show up in the third round. If it is important enough for you to do this lodge then show the respect it deserves and come on time.
2) There is a spirit line which runs from the door of the lodge through the altar and then to the fire. After the pipe is filled the spirit line running from the door all the way to the fire should not be crossed. If you need to get to the other side walk around the fire or the lodge.
3) Traditionally, women wear long dresses in the lodge. Any clothing arrangement that meets this standard of modesty is wonderful. Men must wear bathing suits or some comparable apparel. NO NUDITY PLEASE!!!
This whole clothing thing is not based on some Judeo-Christian puritanism. The Plains Indians have no problem with nudity and the human body. There is a time and a place for all things in the Mystery. The lodge is a sacred place. In this tradition that sacredness is acknowledged through our actions and appearance.
4) Please no bodily fluids on the rocks or your neighbors. Use your towel if you need to blow your nose, cough, spit, or whatever.
5) During the passing of the chanupa (sacred pipe) , please sit up and remain silent. The chanupa is filled with a traditional mixture of barks and leaves.
6) We sing only traditional Native American songs in this lodge. The words are easy and the tunes even easier. Hum along if you don’t know the words. Please refrain from singing songs from other traditions, channeled voices, and creative vocalizations. Clapping, finger snapping, chest beating, and knee slapping are not traditional methods of prayer and song. Mp3s and words of the lodge songs are available elsewhere on this site.
7) The lodge has only one door. Please leave thru this door only. If you find you need to leave the lodge just ask in a clear voice, and the door keeper will let you out. No one is made to stay in the lodge.
8) Sometimes, the sides of the lodge may be opened between rounds. Please refrain from sticking body parts outside.
9) Women who are on their moon are not allowed near or in the lodge.
Moon time, or ishnati as it is called in the Lakota language, is an extremely sacred and powerful time for a woman. It is said that the power of a woman on her moon is strong enough to nullify the benefit of these sacred rituals. Traditionally, when a woman had her menses she would rest in a special ledge, be brought food and water, and contemplate and connect to the Mystery. It was a time of visions and replenishment which she could then bring back to the people. It is unfortunate that in this day and age, ignorance and a patriarchal environment has denied women the space to do what is so natural.
10) How to get the most out of this lodge.
Try to stay in all four rounds. It keeps the sacred circle strong and helps those around you as well as yourself. Pray for others as they will be praying for you. Listen. Listen to the silence between the rounds. Listen to the sounds of the water on the rocks. See the patterns in the rocks as they come into the lodge. Smell the herbs and plants that give of themselves so we may become human beings again. Feel the antiquity and depth of this tradition that is thousands of years old. Feel the spirits and ancestors that come to help each of us grow to that next level of humanness.
11) The best way to learn these ways is just to watch and listen. We learn from our experiences, there are no mistakes.
O Mitakue O’yasin (All My Relations!)