Aloha Cancer 9/2/2015

strauch sunsetToday, I talked to legendary surfer Paul Strauch Jr. He told me some powerful things about Aloha and healing. When I told him that I was diagnosed with cancer and I was going to try alternative methods like Hawaiian spirituality, he said that he honored that commitment, but wanted me to keep an open mind to the technological advances in modern medicine. We reflected on the ‘ôlelo no’eau (wise Hawaiian saying), ‘A ‘ohe pau ka ‘ike I ka hâlau ho’okahi—all of your knowledge is not learned in one school.

This advice felt very nurturing. I was listening to Israel Kamakawiwo’ole right before my conversation with Uncle Paul. Between songs, Israel said, “Hawaiian to me is the feeling of getting somewhere without stepping on anybody’s toes, without causing friction with anybody.” Paul Strauch doesn’t step on anyone’s toes, which is why, even in the dog-eat-dog world of surfing, he is known as the “Gentleman Surfer.”

strauch and duke

Uncle Paul told me how his father would tell him to ask permission whenever he entered someplace unfamiliar. He did this when he entered the ocean. Sometimes the answer would come in ka makani nahenahe (an inviting subtle breeze). Other times a strong gust in the face would clearly mean no, so Paul wouldn’t go surfing that day.

Paul’s mother taught him to have respect for all relationships, even with the dead. After funerals, she would take pa’akai (Hawaiian sea salt), mix it with water, and use it to bless the family as they re-entered the house after the funeral.

These lessons of asking permission and respecting all relationships resonate deep in my na’au (guts). I am going to practice these rituals daily in my relationships with loved ones, strangers, nature, and everything around me.

I’m also going to ask permission of my tumor and try to make peace with my body. I believe that true healing comes in the form of mâlama ko’u kino—caring for our bodies. I don’t believe in the “war against cancer.” Cancer is part of who we are. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Light and love that is what my body needs right now.


Chia seeds/flax seed meal/barley grass in morning

Fresh juiced carrot, kale, cucumber, mint, asparagus juice in morning and afternoon.

3 oz Xango Mangosteen juice 3x daily

Quinoa, black beans, avocado, salads, oatmeal, hummus, for meals. I have started eating 4 small meals rather than 3 large meals everyday


Aloha Awakenings morning prayer exercises


Stayed peaceful with everyone


Accepted that there are others who don’t believe in what I am doing


Slight bleeding in stool. BM was long and thin. Feeling slight pressure or bloating in rectum.


21 comments on “Aloha Cancer 9/2/2015

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love you .

  2. Anonymous says:

    I believe in you, kozo! Thank you for sharing your personal journey.

  3. 1jaded1 says:

    I’m not going to like this bc i hate that you have cancer. I hope the potential remedies you choose work. Please to infinity, keep us posted. Thank you, Kozo.

  4. What a journey you are on. I feel your commitment and your truth leading you on. All by yourself you’re a ‘goodmanproject’. The example you set is important for the world. Thank you for taking on this challenge.
    love, Alison ❤

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Dearest Alison,
      So grateful to be in touch again. This dis-ease has really brought me back to my roots (so to speak). I feel nurtured by you and all the other friends I have made along the way. Like I have said many times before: I am honored to walk this path with you by my side.

      {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  5. KM Huber says:

    “All of your knowledge is not learned in one school….”

    I embrace the above response, Kozo, as well as respect your mind-body (body-mind) to know when to bring in another school. I offer my personal experience as an example.

    Recently, I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy and facing life as a quadriplegic. As you may remember, for the last five years I have been treating lupus/Sjogren’s syndrome alternatively, mostly with meditation, yoga, and traditional Chinese medicine. I have been successful in treating autoimmune dis-ease but I was unaware degenerative disc dis-ease can lead to paralysis. Yet, my mind-body seemed to know and nudged me toward Western medicine

    I had surgery to decompress my spinal cord, which is a surgery not to restore function but to keep further damage from reoccurring. Whatever function I that may return is a slow process but I am patient and I still have limited use of my limbs. Myelopathy is not curable, as such, yet it does not have to be a form of dis–ease, either. Daily, I practice meditation and yoga and eat well.

    Best to you, my friend.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I have been so out of touch with WordPress that I had no idea about your current challenges. I love how you said, “i am patient.” Patience is powerful practice in the face of dis-ease. I also like how you listened to your “mind-body.’ I am trying to listen to mine, as well.

      I look forward to sharing this journey of healing with you.

      {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  6. This is a tremendous share ❤ aloha nui loa

  7. Joseph says:

    Hi Kozo, I just wanted to wish you well. Compassion, laughing, smiling at all life brings will make all the days a joy. You are in my meditations. Peace.

  8. Indira says:

    The way you are taking this is heartening. Wish you love, peace and courage on this journey.

  9. eliz frank says:

    My dear friend Kozo,
    I was drawn to the events section of my Facebook page this morning for a reason … I rarely open it. Your workshop and message moved me deeply, and I want you to know that I believe in the route you have chosen to take to heal your body and help others heal.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers; I send healing light and much love to you and all around you. May your light continue to shine and uplift all.
    I wrote “Maybe” for the workshop but, even if I can’t fly in from NY, I’ll be there in spirit. Please let me know if/when you need anything as I’d love to help in any way I can.
    Stay blessed!

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Elizabeth!!! I miss you. I know you are in my life for a reason. Would love to give you a {{{hug}}} in Hawaii.

      Light and love can heal anything, and even if it doesn’t being in light and love is what we are here for.

      Thank you for your continued friendship and care.


  10. rarasaur says:

    I have no real content to add, so I’ll just say.. I love you. In fact, I think I will go and put that all over everything else I just read.

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