"I arrived in Hawaii in 1917, and took a teaching position that placed me near the volcano Kileauea, which was very active at the time. The school was one of three rooms and stood in a lonely valley between a great sugar plantation and a ranch.
The two teachers under me were both Hawaiian, and it was only natural that I soon began to know more about their Hawaiian friends. From there I began to hear guarded references to native magicians, the 'kahunas' or 'Keepers of the Secret.'
With my background in psychology, my curiosity became aroused and I began to ask questions."