“The Word for breath, Ha, also means life, and is found again and again in chants of old Hawaii. Prayer and communication with the gods are associated with the breath of life. In Breath was the life force and the individual spirit, considered so elemental that the greeting in old Hawaii was a close face-to-face sharing of the breath of life( Honi). When a kahuna was dying, he passed on the power and knowledge that he had acquired in a lifetime by literally breathing into his protege. Other Hawaiians passed on their gifts in their professions-talents and mana to a family member through their breath. Mana vital life force could also be imparted to objects by breathing on them”
Fundamentals Of Hawaiian Mysticism.