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.