Aloha Lomi Ohana, One week ago a beautiful Hawaiian spirit leapt into Po- the after place. Aunty Haleaka Iolani Pule of Big Island, lifted her arms toward heaven and was welcomed into the Lei of the ancestors. The ho'ailona (sign in the heavens) to welcome her home was the incredible Super Moon seen last week. Most know her as Aunty Aka. She was scheduled to participate in the E Ala E- Awakening the Spirit Huaka'i at Hoomana one month from today together with Aunty Leiohu Ryder and Kumu Hula Puna Dawson. She was pure Aloha, joy, and light and her message encouraged people to live and love the fullest. She was a wisdom keeper who traveled the world sharing Hawaiian spiritual teachings and Ho'oponopono. I was with a group of her students in Dornbirn Austria when we learned of her passing and with tears and love we lifted her spirit up in healing prayers and song. The stories shared about how deeply her message touched hearts was so beautiful. The question was raised, why do some of these great messengers leave so early? Aunty Aka was only 49 years old. The thought came to me that perhaps the physical body was too limiting for the boundless work that Aunty is to share. Now she is able to travel greater distances without planes, cars, or Internet. Her spirit is free to be with us all and continue to work she shared in her lifetime on a much larger scale to a much larger audience. As a group we first learned of her passing on Tuesday. She had died on Sunday. Sunday and Monday evening very few were able to sleep. Aka had just been in Switzerland a few weeks prior staying with on of the Lomi students. For two days the students kept sharing that they felt off and that Aunty had come in dreamtime. We spoke of her often over these two days. Then Tuesday morning, someone posted a photo on Facebook of Aunty Aka with her eyes closed head lifted up in prayer. We realized that the uneasy feeling we had felt but had been unable to explain was the aka cord of connection being tugged, stretched, and lifted as Aunty began her journey. We understood the importance of sending her off in love in the first three critical days of flight and to not hold on lest the spirit be held back on her journey. Even those who didn't know her felt the shift as we stood in the collective energies of the group. One of the participants, Meggie, after experiencing this phenomenon shared that she finally realized what we mean as an Ohana (Lomi family) when we say "E PIKO KAKOU"- We are all connected. Here is a beautiful video of Aunty Aka for you to enjoy.LEARN MORE
August 19, 2014 No Comments Uncategorized
Aloha Lomi ‘Ohana,
The Bresenden family & Ho’omana Spa Maui are very excited to announce the recipient of the 5th Annual Tim Bresenden Scholarship Award - Ms. Caroline Chung from San Francisco, CA.
We are so pleased with the response to the Scholarship announcement. There were many candidates that shared their life stories, experiences and goals in beautiful and compelling ways. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear of those seeking to bring healing touch to the world around them. We send a warm and heartfelt aloha to every applicant.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Tim Bresenden Memorial Scholarship, it is offered every year as a loving tribute to a man who committed his life to serving his family, friends & the greater community by acting as a peacemaker & bridge builder to bring together people from all walks of life. This auspicious award is given to one individual each year that aspires to exemplify this spirit of building community & inspires others by doing so.
This scholarship awards the recipient U.S. Airfare, accommodations, & NCTMB approved – 60 C.E. Units in Hawaiian Healing Bodywork.
Our 2014 recipient, Caroline Chung, wrote, “My ultimate goal in life is to provide a space where I can help people heal and/or teach them to heal themselves. We all have the power to heal ourselves and we all have the power to help others in the process. I have a vision of a world where we can minimalize people’s sufferings and offer them the tools to turn their lives around for the better. I believe this can really transform the world we live in and going to Maui to learn Lomi Lomi is only going to reaffirm this dream of mine.” As a cancer survivor, her journey to health and healing and the desire to share it with others resonated with us as a wonderful way to make peace and build bridges.
We wish her the very best as she travels to Maui for the Lomi Lomi week retreat in October.
As a bonus for the rest of this year’s applicants, we would like to offer a discount of $150 off of our Lomi Lomi Massage Fundamentals & Hot Stones Therapy Retreat at Ho’omana Spa Maui. This offer will be available for use toward our upcoming training dates in October, or for any available classes during our 2015 training dates. We encourage all of you to apply again as this is an ongoing scholarship & will be offered again in 2015.
Congratulations to this year's award winner & we want to sincerely thank all of our applicants for sharing your visions & journeys with us, for they were all of great intention & truly inspirational.LEARN MORE
August 5, 2014 No Comments Press Release, Travel, Uncategorized
Hoomana Lomi Lomi is reaching across the globe all the way to the mother land of Africa. This August, I have the absolute pleasure of traveling to South Africa to teach lomi lomi in Cape Town Aug 15-17 and to connect with United Nations advocate Baba Credo Mutwa. Baba was involved with our late Aunty Mahilani Poepoe and Hale Makua in an international elders council in service to humanity and global peace. During various sacred sites journeys held over the last 10 years I have shared of many stories of Aunty and her special time spent in Africa. One of the great stories shared is of the Zulu Necklace of Mysteries. The gift of this necklace is devoted to understanding of the true oneness of humanity to which we all belong and our interconnectedness. I have linked a video recently published on Vimeo by the World Indigenous Science Network. In the video you will see the necklace, learn of our demi-god Maui’s connection to Africa, and hear Aunty Mahilani speaking her ancient language Olelo Makuahine (mother tongue).
We are in a time of extreme weather changes, connection thorugh worldwide communications highways, and profound spiritual awakening on a global level. The message that these elders brought was one of bringing balance back to humanity and to the earth through one heart consciousness. One of the prophecies of the necklace was that “the tribes of one heart would return to the mother land in the years following 2012, the time of the opening.”
Check out this video from WISN http://vimeo.com/66266684
Sadly, the necklace is no longer with Baba. It was stolen in Swaziland when Baba attempted to share it’s significance to promote tribal peace. Let’s all put out an intention of light surrounding this precious relic.
I look forward to a time of deep gratitude, expanded listening, and heart opening during my travels to see what role I can play in supporting the vision of these powerful elders into tomorrow.
I will take you all with me as I walk in Aunty’s footsteps holding a torch of light and peace as I walk the ancient land of our ancestors sharing lomi lomi, ho’oponopono, and Aloha. Mahalo to Aunty Apela Colorado with the World Indigenous Science Network (WISN), and Cecilia Ponce de Leon who have sponsored me and made this dream a reality. I will be documenting my journeys. Stay tuned for the next post of My Sacred Journey to Africa.LEARN MORE
July 31, 2014 3 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Press Release, Travel, Uncategorized
The island of Moloka'i is known as Moloka'i Pule O'o - Island of the powerful prayers.Have you ever thought that you were giving a wonderful gift only to find that you were the one being showered ten-fold with blessings? On our beautiful neighbor island of Moloka’i, our lomi ohana of 12 massage therapists, 2 kupuna elders, and 3 keiki (children) were blessed beyond words. I journeyed with my 8 year old son, and my 68 year old father and we all experienced a profound healing that will stay with us forever. We were invited to stay at a 60 acre, 800 year old fishpond on the South Shore of the island. We arrived a crew of global bloodlines representing South America, First Nations, Europe, and Polynesia. Still, our hosts Maile and Hanohano Naehu, Kalani’ua Ritte, and Ka’uhane Adams, welcomed us family, as keiki o ka ‘aina (children of the land). As we entered the hand-placed rock wall gateway to the magical Keawanui Fishpond and surrounding 6 acre property, we learned this gateway was called the makaha (maka- eye, ha- breath). Makaha is the eye that opens allowing for the inflow and outflow of breath. This is a reference to the tides as they pass in and out of the fishpond bringing life.
We could feel the living pulse of the ‘aina full of replenishing trade winds, cleansing mist, trees bursting with fruit and endless rainbows.Over the course of two days, we witnessed the inpouring and outpouring of community members through the makaha. We gave 100 hours of free lomi to Moloka’i community members from 8 month old babies to 80 year old elders. As we worked, we could hear the children jumping and playing in the fresh water spring, ladies laughing and talking stories under nearby shade trees while they waited for their massage, and could feel the friendly smiles of support from the spirit realm of ancestors watching over us. Our team gave so much love and were received with such warmth by all the people. We were shown Aloha in so many ways eating a beautifully cooked, local grown dinner of teriyaki venison. Our hosts had hunted and prepared the deer specifically for our arrival. We also ate fish caught that afternoon from the pond. Our hosts shared that the 140 ft stone wall separating the fish pond from the ocean beyond consisted of stones hand-carried over the mountain from the North side of Molokai to this south shore. To think that our ancestors carried these stones so that we could eat a fish 800 years later was unimaginable for us to fathom from our modern perspective. We had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude with every bite and felt so incredibly nourished and cared for. For each participant, it was like returning to the piko, the center of life, as it was in ancient times where communities supported one another, as if time was standing still. My 8 year old son was without walls, communing with nature for three days straight catching frogs, fish and sleeping under the stars. My father took his true place as a kupuna talking stories with all the visitors, sharing his wisdom, leading prayers for our group. For me it was the cycle of life unfolding in a harmonious way as I massaged and took it all in. There were people who received lomi that shared their memories of their Aunty doing lomi on their stomachs when they were growing up or memories of walking on their grandparents backs. One person shared that they never get lomi because they don’t have anyone to go to. Others were inspired to learn the lomi lomi work so that they could take care of their own Molokai families. It was an amazing realization to see all the mana that these people had put into restoring this fishpond that the ancestors had held so sacred on this land, and to see the parallels that our lomi practice has by perpetuating ancient ways of living. Hoomana has offered a full scholarship to our month long lomi lomi immersion this September to a Molokai applicant so that the seed that has been planted can continue to thrive. We are still buzzing from our experience, full of gratitude, blessings, and Aloha. LEARN MORE
July 18, 2014 3 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Uncategorized
Ho’omana Spa Maui is heading to Moloka'i with a Lomi Lomi community service project!I am so excited to bring my amazing team to our neighbor island of Molokai. On June 27 and 28, Ho’omana’s team of 15 licensed therapists and lomi lomi apprentices will be offering more than 100 hours of FREE Hawaiian Massage treatments to local residents and Molokai kupuna. This is a dream come true that began more than 2 years ago when Justin Kekiwi, a student raised in Molokai, was awarded Ho’omana Spa Maui’s Native Hawaiian Scholarship to attend a year-long training to obtain his Hawaii massage license.
In ancient times, it was the Hawaiian practice to have a healer in every home.During the lomi lomi training program at Ho'omana Spa Maui, we use community outreach to bring this vision to life here on Maui. Inspired by this teaching, Justin Kekiwi jumped on the opportunity to give back to his Molokai ‘ohana and this Moloka'i Lomi Lomi community service project was born. Over the last few months, we were able to fundraise for this outreach by running a Lomi-thon. We got local businesses and community members on Maui to pledge donations to have our staff go into Waiehu and Paukukalo Hawaiian Homes and offer community lomi lomi. It was such a blessing to share Aloha with our Hawaiian community on Maui and be given a double blessing of receiving the funds we needed to do the same for our Molokai brothers and sisters. Not only have we received wide community support on Maui, we have also been showered with blessings from Molokai supporters. Rawlins Chevron rented us the very last available van on the island at a discount, Molokai ferry gifted us a round trip ferry passage, the Molokai Disbatch (Molokai's only paper publication) is releasing a story about our event, and Hui o Kuapa-Keawanui Fishpond has offered us lodging during our 2 night stay. Ho’omana Spa Maui will be offering free 50 minute massage sessions from 2pm-6pm on Friday the 27th and 9am-3pm on Saturday the 28th
The Moloka'i Lomi Lomi Community Service Project will be at the Keawanui Fishpond.If you have family and friends in Molokai who are in need of Hawaiian healing, share this post or Call our host coordinator Guy Hanohano Naehu at (808)336-0853. Now...I'd love to hear from you. Do you have any inspirational stories about how your gift of Aloha has had an impact your community? If so, please share them with me in the comments below. LEARN MORE
June 20, 2014 No Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Massage, Press Release, Travel, Uncategorized