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
Four Hand Lomi
If you have never experienced an Ultimate Four Hand Lomi Lomi Massage, it is something everyone should try at least once! Two therapists lovingly massage the body with long, flowing, energetic strokes. This incredible massage brings the body, mind, and spirit back into alignment.
I am always amazed at what an incredible teacher the body can be. I am excited to share two remarkable success stories about how Ultimate Four Hand Lomi Lomi affected one family in a positive way.
A loving wife in our town purchased a gift for her husband of a Four Hand Lomi Lomi Massage. He just had a stroke six months ago. For the most part, he had all his motor skills intact but there were still some difficulties. For him, the most frustrating thing was not being able to remember words or recognize certain words spoken by others.
We started the Ultimate Four Hand Lomi Lomi by chanting a prayer of life, vitality and wellness.
We asked the body’s deep wisdom to come into our session. When we were finished, he got up from the table bright and joyful.
I received a call from his wife the next day. I could hear her emotion through the phone as she shared how grateful she was for our work at Ho'omana Spa Maui. During the past 6 months, the stroke had really impacted their relationship because even general conversation had become incredibly difficult.
After his Four Hand Lomi session, her husband was finally able to carry on a conversation with her again. I believe the synchronized, rhythmic movements balance one side of the body with the other side and can ignite connections between the brain’s two hemispheres. She felt for the first time since the stroke, she had her husband back!
Our client loved his session so much that he turned around and gifted his wife a session of Four Hand Lomi Lomi!
She had been suffering with hip bursitis and was already scheduled for her 2nd cortisone injection.
This woman is small in stature and loved to wear high-heeled shoes. In fact, she wore them on EVERY occasion. However, the pain in her hips forced her to start wearing flats. She was not a happy camper!
During her Four Hand Lomi Lomi massage, her therapists performed range of motion and repetitive energetic strokes to release and open all of her joints. The day after her session was complete, she able to avoid the injection AND get back to wearing her very stylish and sassy high heels.
What are your lomi lomi success stories? I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a message and let me know how lomi has positively affected your life. Thank you for all the love and your generous feedback.LEARN MORE
June 10, 2014 2 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality, Massage
A kahuna o maka is a person who has mastered the art of listening to the rhythms orchestrated in nature, of watching how the stars, land, and living organisms work in synergistic patterns, and most importantly, of understanding the importance of how all elements come together to create sustainability to support life.
One of the most significant components necessary for our Hawaiian ancestors to have survived in these islands for thousands of years was our relationship to fresh water or WAI. Even our word for wealth waiwai was measured by an honoring of this relationship.
On a recent cultural excursion, Ho’omana Lomi Ohana sponsored Kumu Mike Lee, a modern Kahuna o maka and cultural practitioner to come to Maui to share his mana’o (thoughts). He took our students to two sacred Maui pools sharing the cultural significance of these brackish pools as being the pools of life and death.
The pool of life was teaming with mullet and rare opae (shrimp), beaming with light.
Babies would be birthed and cleansed in these sacred waters. As he shared about a white mo’o or lizard goddess who is the keeper of the freshwater springs that feed this pool, he was visibly troubled at the fact that not one of the seven springs nourishing the pool was flowing. He brought with him a ho’okupu (offering) of Awa and a Ti leaf wrapped offering of limu kala (seaweed of forgiveness). He called upon his ancestors, honoring the mo’o goddess and ancestors of the area, to restore the spring and allow life-giving water to flow into the area once more.
A short distance away was the pool of death. In contrast, this pool was dark as night with the heavens and forests of trees shimmering in it’s reflection. Kumu shared that this pool was a portal where those that had reached the end of their life would go to take the leap into Po- “the realm of spirits” where the aumakua –family spirits awaited them.
After a short talk-story, we returned to the original pool and to our amazement the main spring was gushing forth with fresh water. Within the course of 15 minutes, one by one each of the seven springs began flowing.
Along with the water was awe and inspiration overflowing in all who were present at the idea that we have not lost this deep rooted connection to all things.
The wisdom of our ancestors is alive and well and in the islands, all we need to do is watch, listen, understand, and flow in our life’s journey respecting and protecting nature as a support for all life forms.
These rare pools are in danger of losing their fragile ecosystem as water is being diverted and the springs feeding them no longer flow freely.
We cannot fail to respect and then take action towards preservation of our precious wai. If we do not begin now, we stand to lose their natural splendor, cultural value and spiritual significance provided for generations.
To learn more about these pools select http://www.hoomanaspamaui.com/blog/.
Jeana Iwalani Naluai is a Hawaiian Practitioner committed to perpetuating ancient traditions.LEARN MORE
May 20, 2014 5 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality
Malama ‘aina means to care for the landbut it also means to cherish and respect the spirit of the land. Malama ‘aina also treasures the stories the land carries over millennia of time. Our wonderful Ho’omana Lomi Ohana (family) has been caretaking beautiful taro patches in the sacred valley of Wailua Nui on the East side of island for the last decade. Many of you reading this post have had the opportunity to malama ‘aina in this heavenly place over the years. We love clearing the lo’i kalo (taro patch), harvesting, or best of all LOMIing the ‘aina with our bare feet to prepare for planting huli (new shoots). In our most recent visit this month, one of our students shared with me he felt watched over by the spirits of the land. Beginning with the journey into the valley, including the entire time we were there he felt their presence. It reminded me of a story shared by the owner of one of the patches we cleared that day. [caption id="attachment_4481" align="alignleft" width="300"] Uncle and his taro lo'i[/caption] Uncle’s family has been in this valley practicing their ancient planting ways for more than 1000 years. After raising his family and retiring, Uncle felt called to return to the family land to reopen the family lo’i kalo that had become over grown. The first day he tried to open the upper terrace, a swarm of bees sent him running down the valley. He saw this as a message from the ancestors to tread with clear intention and mindfulness. The next time Uncle journeyed up the valley, he began to hear rhythmic beats of ancient drums. Immediately, he stripped down to his bare skin and prostrated himself. He crawled on his belly to the upper terrace with reverence and humility. The drumbeats ceased and Uncle began his kuleana (responsibility) of caretaking. He now has several lo’i with 3 terraces planted in various stages of growth. To think that this elderly man, whose family has worked the land over centuries of time, felt to pay homage in such a humble manor is both moving and inspiring! Ancient Hawaiians did not believe that one should have ownership over that land. Instead, we were created to be stewards. As stewards, we nurture our relationship to and with the land. In turn, our needs will always be cared for by that land and it’s elements.
These lands deserve our absolute honor and respect.
Join us!Have you had a spiritual experience connected to the earth? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. If you are ready to connect with the spirits and stories of the land, get grounded and Malama ‘aina with me in the taro patch on May 21st. Call Reception to RSVP (808)573-8256. LEARN MORE
April 29, 2014 5 Comments Hawaiian Culture & Spirituality