Long, Max Freedom (1890–1971)
Pioneer researcher into the mystery of Huna magic, the secret
techniques of Kahunas, or Polynesian priest-sorcerers.
Long first went to Hawaii in 1917 as a schoolteacher following
his graduation from Los Angeles Normal School (now the University
of California at Los Angeles). Over a three-year period
he was introduced to the stories of the native Hawaiians,
though they refused to talk to him about the interesting occult
aspects of the narratives.
In 1921, as he was planning to return to California, he
stopped at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and met William
Tufts Brigham, then curator of the museum. Brigham had
studied the seemingly miraculous feats of the Kahunas, including
paranormal healing, weather control, and fire ordeals that
involved walking over red-hot lava. Long stayed in Honolulu
and studied with Brigham until the curator died in 1926. They
were unable to discover the Kahunas’ secret. Long returned to
the mainland and opened a photography business. He had all
but given up finding an answer to the Kahuna mystery when in
1935 it suddenly occurred to him that the secret might be indicated
by the terms used for various aspects of Huna in the Polynesian
He published the first report on his discoveries, Recovering
the Ancient Magic, in 1936, though most of the copies were destroyed
in the German bombing of London during World War
II. In 1945 he founded the Huna Fellowship, began issuing
printed letters to what had become a long list of correspondents,
and published a small pamphlet on the basic Huna concepts.
Three years later the letters became a regular bulletin,
and his most important book, The Secret Science Behind the Miracles,
was published. A second book, The Secret Science at Work
(1953), integrated what he had come to know of the Huna work
and what he had learned in its practical modern application.
He developed the Huna concepts in various books over the
rest of his life. In 1968 he met E. Otha Wingo, an instructor at
Southeast Missouri State College, and for the last three years
of his life groomed Wingo to succeed him. Also during the
1960s, a memorial library was established in his honor in Fort
Worth, Texas, and now houses many of his mementos. Wingo
continues as head of Huna Research.
Hoffman, Enid. Huna, A Beginner’s Guide. Rockport, Mass.
ParaResearch, 1976.
Long, Max Freedom. Growing Into Light. Vista, Calif. Huna
Research Publications, 1955.
———. Recovering the Ancient Magic. London, 1936. Reprint,
Cape Girardeau, Mo. Huna Press, 1978.
London Group Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
———. The Secret Science behind Miracles. Kosmon Press,
1948. Reprint, Vista, Calif. Huna Research Publications, 1954.
———. The Secret Science at Work. Vista, Calif. Huna Research
Publications, 1953.
Wingo, E. Otha. The Story of the Huna Work. Cape Girardeau,
Mo. Huna Research, 1981.

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