ʻAha Lomilomi 2020 nā Haʻi ʻōlelo (presenters)
Uncle Kaʻipo Kaneakua was born and raised in Kahili valley on the island of Oʻahu in a family of 7 children. His family members mastered the ancient Hawaiian traditions of Kupuna and Huna. Everything is perpetuated and passed down by word of mouth. Each of his family Kupuna specialized in different diseases, ways of healing, and methods of treatments. Kaʻipo had 16 family Kupunaʻs to learn from on Molokai, Kauaʻi, Niʻihau, Big Island and Oʻahu. These ancient teachings originated on Molokai, Kauaʻi and the Big Island. His main Kupunaʻs were his grandmother Elizabeth Koaʻhou-Kahui (Molokai) and father Joseph Kanekua (Kauaʻi).
Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva is a Native healer and instructor of the Hawaiian healing and mixed martial arts. Born and raised on Hawaiian Homelands in Hilo, he trained in the Hawaiian healing arts with his family and with local experts.
Kumu Antoinette Kahililaulani Alapa'i, born and raised on the West-shores of Oahu. In 1990 started my career with Department of Education and taught Hawaiian studies to grade school children. I taught children of all ages on Kauai. While teaching I continued to support my husband Kumu Allen Alapa'i in his family style of Hooponopono Lomilomi. Master and Kumu. We live as Hawaiian practitioners of the Sacred Cutural art of Hooponopono and Lomilomi. I retired from the system and started our journey teaching and helping in peoples healing. Today I continue the work and travel along with my eldest daughter Kumu Kahealani to distant lands to share in our style of Hawaiian Healing. I continue to train and spread aloha to many.
Kumu Kalei Nuʻuhiwa was born and raised on the island of Maui. Currently lives in Hilo, is a mother of two, and for the last 14 years has worked with the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation's project called Papakū Makawalu. The project conducts research in Hawaiian pule (incantations/prayers) and mele (songs) to extrapolate Hawaiian understanding and epistemologies of the natural world to be reestablished in daily life.
In the last 30 years, Kalei has been active in the Hawaiian language movement, revitalization of the island of Kahoʻolawe, wayfinding practices, reinstatement of the Kaulana Mahina (lunar calendar), and extensive study of sites on Mokumanamana, Maunakea, and Maunaloa. Cofounder of ʻAimalama, a consortium of women practitioners and educators, collectively gathered to teach communities how to readapt to the environmental changes through the revival of the Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian lunar calendar) and Kilo (practice of reading the weather) to encourage communities to become their own advocates and experts of their surroundings. ʻAimalama facilitated two conferences that brought communities from the various islands of Hawaiʻi, Yap, Tahiti, Cook Islands, and New Zealand together to share about living through the cycle of the moon to survive. The ʻAimalama process simply teaches people to observe, record, prepare, re/adapt, mitigate, and survive.
Kumu Brenda Mohalapua Ignacio is a native of Hamakua, Big Island of Hawaiʻi. She was taught from birth the connection of the spirit of love in all things, especially nature by her grandmother Mary Silva. Hawaiʻiʻs Queen Lilliʻuokalani was her inspiration to study Hoʻoponopono and together with Nana Veary studied with Mornah Simeona and Pali Jae Lee. She is a Kumu Lomilomi and Kahu and DOE Licensed Instructor of Hawaiian Healing Arts. She has appeared and been featured in several films, magazines and books on Lomilomi Massage, including “Hawaiian Massage, Lomilomi – Sacred Touch of Aloha”.
Co-founder of Hawaii Healing Arts College in Kailua, Oʻahu, Kumu Brenda loves to teach students the wisdom given to her by her own teachers, many of whom entrusted her with formerly secret knowledge. Credentials include Licensed Massage Therapist, Hawaii Licensed Kahu, Hawaii DOE Licensed Instructor, NCBTMB Provider A for CE credits, Former Director and current ALH approved instructor with the ʻAhahui Lomilomi Hawaiʻi. Kumu was inducted into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame in 2014 and received the World Massage Festival Humanitarian Award in 2015.
Kumu Jeana Iwalani Naluai is a native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner from the island of Maui. She is an internationally-recognized speaker, blogger and master trainer on a mission to activate healers by sharing Lomi Lomi and Spiritual teachings of Aloha. Jeana is the owner of the award-winning Ho’omana Spa Maui and Founder of Ho’omana Lomi Lomi, an accredited educational center. Her students learn to embrace their own healing journey, receiving wisdom from the past to become Ambassadors of Aloha in their own communities today.
Kumu Pōmaikaʻi Freed, of Kalihi, began studying under Uncle Alva while still a student at Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter School. During her senior year, Uncle Alva came to Hālau Kū Mana to talk to the students of a lomilomi elective class. This single meeting changed the course of her life. For the better part of the next 7 years was spent living with, learning from, and being molded by her Kumu, friend and mentor.
Caroline and I first met the Traditional Maori Healing teachings of the late Papa Hohepa Delamare in 2004. ‘Papa Joe’ as he was affectionately known was an esteemed Tohunga (Expert) Indigenous Healer of Aotearoa. He travelled internationally to share his wisdom and healing practices. In his presence and under his supervision, I reconnected to my own indigenous Maori healing lineage and reawakened my intuitive gifts as a healer and artist.
We both delight in sharing the simplicity of the true essence of healing and helping others awaken their intuitive abilities. Our gift is in creating a heart-centred, safe learning environment that enables our students to dive deeply into these profound healing processes as a catalyst for personal transformation and professional upskilling. For more information on all our services you can visit Audie at www.intuitivearthealingarts.nz or Caroline at www.consciousparenting.nz & www.heartsong.nz
Kumu Momiʻs teaching career began as a Hawaiian Studies teacher in Kona for five years, she went on to work for Bishop Museum for another five years learning and inspired by Hawaiian plants. While working with the museum she met two of her teachers and colleagues Dr. Dennis Mckenna (Ethnopharmacologist) and Kathleen Harrison (Ethnobotanist). Momi's field work in Ethnobotany took her to the shores of W. Samoa to help to find a cure for HIV/AIDs along with her teachers Dr. Paul Cox (Ethnobotanists) Dr. Gaugau Tavana (Ethnobotanist), and Dr. Holly Johnson.
Her passions include educating the community on plants, and ecosystems. She is an avid wood worker, kapa maker, lauhala weaver, farmer, and loves teaching the community about the plants through the stories of our elders and stories she experienced through working with the plants.
Kumu Michelle Kaulumahiehie Amaral, professionally known as “Kaulu”, graced the Atrium of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows for 34 years as the featured Hula Soloist. A former model and television host, she also shares her love for hula in a diverse way worldwide. Raised in North Kohala and a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, her hula background started at a young age with various Kumu Hula and Aunty Sally Alohikea Lyons was most influential in introducing her to the professional world of hula in 1978. She travelled with the Lim Family as a soloist and a later became a student of Halau Na Lei ‘O Kaholoku with Na Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap and Leialoha Amina for 25 years and became Kumu Hula in 2012.
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