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Q:  “While reading about and watching lomilomi videos I have come across comments from native Hawaiians saying that “White people are just taking native healing and making it their own.” Or, “Who is your kumu? You’re not Hawaiian.” So, the question is … I don’t want to offend anyone, should I not learn lomi lomi?

A:  Unfortunately, this really is the position of some Hawaiians, and there’s a reason why…

My teachers always taught me to share from a certain place on our historical timeline. Before the earlier migrations and before western contact…more than 3,000 years ago, there were people living in the island in isolation.

They lived in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from the nearest lands mass. I call this the Time of Harmony. Every person mattered. Each was a part of the Lei of the family.  Each contributing to the whole and no one necessarily above anyone else. From the elders to the child, all held value.

Over our Hawaiian history, different migrations that came that brought a warring culture to our islands. From Western contact, to Captain Cook, to the missionary time period, and eventually, all the way to the US occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

These migrations led to a breaking down of the spirit of the people here. Colonization brought a disconnect from the land.  Industrial modernization brought people away from their communities and into the cities.  Other Spiritual belief systems were enforced here and we weren’t allowed to practice our traditions in the way that we always had.

Hawaiians who have gone through these time periods are grasping for their identity.  In an attempt to survive, some were taught an idea of separation that is not our true cultural nature.

Sadly, this commentary points to the stifling of our culture and that disconnect that still remains here.

But that’s just a few Hawaiians.

There are many Hawaiians, including my teachers and many others, who are involved in the healing arts across the island. We were told and given the responsibility to share.

Aunty Mahilani Poepoe, my primary kumu, teacher, was all about unconditional love and compassion.

Comments about there being separation, white versus brown, is not in alignment with the teachings that I was given.

Her vision was to see the arms of Aloha spread around the world.  She knew that it would take more than just the Hawaiians to share this message, because we are very few on the planet as a race.

Aunty Mahilani knew that it would take many people to carry the message of Aloha around the globe. 

She called them the children of the rainbow.

Follow the rainbow colors. White, yellow, red, black …

In the process of activating the Children of the Rainbow, it was Aunty’s dream for Hawaiians to be inspired.  We can take up the torch and begin to heal our own lineages and the stories we have of pain and suffering.

My answer to this question, “Should I learn Lomi Lomi, even if I’m not Hawaiian?” is:

If you are coming to learn this work with honor and respect.  With the intention of sharing Aloha, you are the EXACT person that our kupuna, elders, has called. Come and support their vision of sending Aloha around the world.

Even Aunty Margaret Machado said that she was willing to teach anyone with a Hawaiian heart.

In the 1970’s when she began sharing her work, teaching anyone outside your own family was controversial.  At that time, I wouldn’t have been able to go to Hawaii and ask to learn Lomi Lomi.  I would have been told, “Who’s your family?  Go back to your family and learn there.” 

That was only forty years ago.  Clearly, there are still remnants of that energetic today. I have even experienced it in my own family, where I’ve been questioned about whether or not it is appropriate to share spiritual things to non-Hawaiians.

I can see that even within my family, we still have a lot of healing to do.

When Aunty Margaret was ready to share with other Hawaiians, there weren’t that many coming to learn. So, she began to share the teaching openly with anyone who was willing to carry this work with honor and respect.

This is the protocol that I’ve been given…

Share. Especially the spiritual teaching of Lomi Lomi, Ho’oponopono, healing chants and prayer. Because that’s what the world needs. 

Our timeline and our history is the same history as every culture throughout the globe. What I am sharing is a model of healing with our Hawaiian teachings.

We can inspire others to also look back into their own indigenous practices and ignite the flame of remembering.  Each can heal their own family line and also be inspired to learn some of their own plant medicine.

That’s what cross-cultural sharing is. That’s what our classes at Ho’omana are all about. We have a World Canoe.  Every class of people from all colors of the rainbow.

Aunty Mahi’s vision is coming true.  There was a type of secrecy in the past, to protect our culture, but now, the world is ready as a collective consciousness to receive Lomi Lomi and the Spiritual teachings of Aloha.  People are asking and searching because they are ready.

Have you ever felt a calling to learn Lomi Lomi?  Is there something holding you back?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

With aloha,

Jeana Iwalani Naluai

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tomo

“Time of harmony”…? The various communities all over the islands used to make war and kill each other on a regular basis.

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Jonathan

I don’t know if these comments are still monitored, this being over a year old, but I want to say thank you for posting this… I haven’t had the opportunity yet to make it out to Maui for any of your classes, financial issues getting in the way, but I can’t wait to get to learn out in the islands. ///for now I make do with what I’ve learned of lomi from my teachers here in the south, which according to the stories my teacher tells is sort of an offshoot of Auntie Margaret’s lineage, and a Kahuna I’ve had… Read more »

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Anat Happy Pavor

EVRYWHERE please let it shine everywhere i go I’m gona let I shin! Let it shin let it shine let it shine?????❤️ALOHA?SHALOM

Milz
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Milz

Aloha kakou, Mahalo for your sending out this crucial post that I have been struggling with so much. I moved away from the islands a little over a year ago. Because of this transition, I have fallen onto my face, hit rock bottom and was in a very dark place, all due to being out of my comfort zone. I did have a few mentors back home in Hawai’i and before I left, one told me that I would need to learn how to do “SELF-CARE” and seek out a Reiki Master, that is affiliated with our islands but, lives… Read more »

Paralee Leonard
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Paralee Leonard

I have found one of the many gifts of Lomi Lomi is that it sparks the curiosity to start looking and listening in new places. I listen not only to what the recipient brings and what the muscles say, but now open to listening to what their ancestors say. I start to feel the love that has spanned generations for this person, and that changes things.They have been loved for a long time, and so many souls care deeply for their life experience. They are precious. I am trusting more that allowing and holding loving, nurturing space including this ancestry… Read more »

Joan Haney
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Joan Haney

Maholo for all the “Aloha” from these post. Mahalo for the peace the words bring to us who are native born Hawaiian’s but Hawaiian in our hearts. I too sometimes have felt inadequate to share Lomilomi and that it may not be proper. But my heart soars when I think about it, practice its teachings and share it’s love with others. It hasd made me a better person. I will forever be a student. Mahalo Nui Loa.

Joan Haney
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Joan Haney

oops meant to say who are not native born….

Meggie
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Meggie

Even after more then 8 years of studying with you and having received the privilege and the blessing of teaching, under the umbrella of Ho’omana, the very basic level of this sacred work of 6 lineages you are holding, it still humbles me to step into this place, every single time, for all the reasons you are talking about in your writing. But what I have learned from you and from my Kumu Hula is that once we are initiated to this work we have the kuleana, the responsibility, to keep spreading the message of true Aloha in whichever way… Read more »

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Randy Mack

I am a native Hawaiian that has been lost my whole life. I was taken from the islands as a child and could not draw on my courage to come back until I was 55 years old. I have been back 3 times. I wish I could go back now, but financialy I can’t. I have always wondered what my life’s purpose is supposed to be. I pray that God will provide the way for me to come home for good. I have a very large spirit and feel like my coming is to help people less fortunate. Please pray… Read more »

Joanne
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Joanne

Namaste to you Jeana on your work as a healer and light bearer.

Diane Larkin
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Diane Larkin

I am so grateful to see these words here. You have helped to put my mind at rest. As I practice here, on the east coast, I too, have been apprehensive about sharing Lomi Lomi. With no proof of Hawaiian lineage and yet so deeply rooted in my heart. Thank you Jeanna.

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I think there’s a call from Aloha to the world. If Aloha is pure love ¿What better thing to heal no matter where you live? I have asked myself many times Is it okay for me to learn how to heal? If it is not in my current culture, if it is very far from where I live … but then I listen to my heart when I do lomi and wow … I have the answer. The connection is much more than I can understand, I simply follow the call I believe that if you do it with all… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

When I read “Children of the Rainbow,” it touched my heart with a feeling of truth that made me cry. I feel a calling and spiritual connection with the sacred teachings and have experienced fear in learning as well as just the general fear of following my heart because I dont want to get hurt. This is inspiring to me, because it reminds me that the world needs aloha, and my heart needs aloha. Thank you for sharing this.

Claudia
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Claudia

I love to be a child of the rainbow so much! To be a part of a bigger community. Guess that*s why I had to come to learn Lomi with you, Kumu Jeana, and your beautiful team. And this blog is coming to the right time for me as well. Back in Europe there are doubts about being able to bring Aloha to my community here, about my way of doing Lomi is just good. Am I worth to do it? Will I be doing good for the clients? I love to do it. My hands are getting more information… Read more »

Sky
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Sky

This blog post couldn’t have come at a better time. I am working with a Hawaiian healer/psychic business coach, and we just did a meditation this morning and the message I received was to bring Hawai’i more into my business, the Spiritual teachings of Aloha. My first thought was that I’m not Hawaiian and will I be judged by the people of Hawai’i? It is my intention to to learn, listen, respect and share the knowledge that is being passed down to me through my kumu and ancestors (which according to my akashic records are from Hawai’i). Mahalo for this… Read more »

Barb
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Barb

I love that you provided us with this information so we could go forward. I got reinforcement more than once during my time studying with you as an apprentice on Maui. The first time was when some missionary ladies came to my apartment. I told them what I was doing and they said casually, “If you don’t stay on Maui, just spread Aloha.” It was my burning question, whether I would stay or not and they made it so easy to think about. Later, we did an outreach to Molokai, and I was afraid to work on native Hawaiians because… Read more »

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