Aunty Nerita Onaona Machado, a native Hawaiian, was born on the island of Oʻahu as the child of Daniel and Margaret Machado. As a young girl, Nerita moved to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi with her parents who decided to raise their family of 4 in the community of Napoʻopoʻo, a small Hawaiian fishing village near Kealakekua Bay, Kona.
Recognized by the State and communities as the kupuna master in native Hawaiian healing practice of lomilomi, Aunty Margaret has shared this traditional healing practice with thousands of students from all over the world. Recognizing the importance of perpetuating this practice as her ancestors have done. Aunty began the traditional protocols of passing this spiritual gift to a family member prior to her “retirement”. Today, Nerita continues in her motherʻs footsteps, teaching lomilomi at the same Keʻei Beach House in the manner she was taught by her mother and great grandfather. She remembers well what her mother always shared:
“Lomilomi is a prayerful work.
It is the loving touch, and hoʻoponopono.”