As a first century, deeply devoted mystic, Honi earned the respect of the people of his time. He enjoyed a deep relationship with the Almighty, and as shown in the story below his religiosity was so deep that he was able to bend the Almighty to his will. While this earned the respect of the masses, the Jewish leadership was disconcerted by the inadequacy of Honi's honor for the Almighty.
In the attached story not only are Honi's deeds noted, but also the means by which he earned the name through which he was made known to history.
Honi and Hanina ben Dosa together were known as the original hasidim.