Benefits of the Ha‘a Koa
Unify and Empower:
The Ha‘a Koa may be used to unify and empower a hui (group) for a challenge at hand. Whether it is overcoming addiction or preparing for a difficult journey.
The Ha‘a Koa may be used as a cultural rallying cry. Kanaka ‘Ōiwi (aboriginal peoples of Hawai‘i) rights and benefits are consistently challenged and continue to be at risk. The Ha‘a Koa can be used to focus attention on issues affecting Hawaiians today. For example, doing a Ha‘a Koa at the Hawai‘i State Capitol.
Conduit to Mana:
Mana (spiritual power) is the driving force of the Kanaka Maoli. The Ha‘a Koa is one way to fill one’s body with mana drawn from the honua (earth). Spectators of this process may also experience mana.
Means to Reconnect:
The Ha‘a Koa is both a remembrance of who Kanaka ‘Ōiwi were and an awakening of what they may become. It takes them back, if only for a moment, and reconnects them to their warrior ancestors and inspires them to press forward as warriors in today’s world.
New Hawaiian Icon:
The Ha‘a Koa celebrates a dimension of the Hawaiian culture that has been absent for too long, the strong Hawaiian male. Hawai‘i and Kanaka ‘Ōiwi are often associated with and recognized for Hula Dancers, Aloha Shirts, Pineapples, and Flower Leis, but Hawai‘i was also the home of a proud warrior society. The Ha‘a Koa can be that symbol and icon of Hawai‘i’s warrior heritage.
Sign of Respect and Honor:
The Ha‘a Koa is a symbol of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi warrior heritage as well as the warrior spirit Kanaka ‘Ōiwi strive to emulate today. To share this aspect of the Hawaiian culture with a loved one, individual, or guest is a sign of great respect and honor.
A shared Ha‘a Koa that celebrates a team’s skills and strengths does not disrespect the opposition nor is it designed to do so. However, when delivered with power, purpose, and unity, the Ha‘a Koa may very well challenge, dishearten, and intimidate a foe.