Pa'Ola Hawaiian LomiLomi Lapa'au

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Native Kahuna High Priestess Kumu Leina’ala Kaahuhailikaukoalaaika’alaneo Ka Wahine Ke Aloha Uhane Nui Moe Kapu Ali’i Nui





Our Lapa'au Clinic is a Native Hawaiian Community Based Organization. We create a Safe Environment. Our Ho'ola 'O LomiLomi Lapa'au Clinic 'O Hawai'i works with our Halau
(School) to create an environment which is taught in nature by Ke Kumu'ola Leina'ala and all of our Kahuna Lapa'au and Na Kumu 'Ola Training In Lapa'au Wisdom 'O Hawai'i

Our training is in the ancient Lapa'au Wisdom, which embraces lapa'au (medical) training. Our Halau has a 40 hour Pre for State board Exams Course to further assist students in their success with Board Exams. Upon completion of State Board Exams, this training qualifies our
students to further work with Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, Medical Clinics and Hotels throughout Hawai'i and aboard. 

Ho'ola 'O LomiLomi Lapa'au Clinic' O Hawai'i is a Community Based Clinic & native healing center. Our work blends traditional Native Hawaiian LomiLomi Lapa'au with Hawaiian La'au Lapa'au, Ho'oponopono and Ho'omanamai'ola. Our Halau (School) gives students the opportunity to work in our Clinic, with our programs, and to service our Community here in Hawai'i. 

Here on the Big Island Hawai'i is where haumana (students) will learn and experience the native traditional training with their Kumu'ola, teachers, and also have the opportunity to work with our Kahuna & Kupuna. 

Lapa'au Wisdom of Hawai'i. Here is where our haumana (students) will learn the ancient lapa'au and cultural teachings of Ka Wa Kahiko traditional healing arts, skill's, practices of our kahuna lapa'au and our peoples. 

We focus our attention on training our Haumana (students) to strive for excellence and develop their healing, health and education internship; lapa'au healing skills in our Apprenticeship & Internship Program. 


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Students will need a Letter Of Intent with a 50% Deposit to hold your
space. Show your date of request & year. All tuition must be paid in
full before school classes begin... 



~ What is Hawaiian Lomilomi? ~

We are often asked the question, What is Lomilomi?  What makes it different than any other form of massage? There are many styles and lineages of lomi, all with their own way of working with the body. One thing remains the same in all the kinds of Lomi you may find; and that is the spirit of Aloha that flows through the giver and the receiver.
After connecting deeper to Hawaii and its people, I realized the depth of knowledge that this tradition carries.  On Molokai I had a glimpse into real Hawaii, and what it is to follow traditions, and to follow protocol.  In order to understand Lomilomi, one must first understand what it is to be Hawaiian.  What makes Lomilomi different is the mindset behind the massage.  
The mindset of a Hawaiian: To live in aloha, open-hearted, in the pa’a, the now.

Nana ka maka; 
ho`olohe ka pepeiao;
pa`a ka waha.

Observe with the eyes;
listen with the ears; 
shut the mouth.
Thus one learns.

This is the way of learning for a Hawaiian.  They were taught to be very attentive, and to search within for the answers to their questions, or to use their eyes and their ears; wait for the answer to present itself.  This taught humbleness, patience, and self-empowerment. -all core Hawaiian values.  
The Lomilomi practitioner comes from a mindset where everything is connected as one, everything has a voice, and everything has a spirit.  The role of a Lomilomi practitioner is to remove any limiting beliefs or "baggage" from within themselves that may be blocking their aka chords, the strands of energy that connect them to all things.  This is done through daily practice. Forgiveness is a daily practice for the practitioner, and also a core aspect of Lomilomi.  Lomilomi is not only a practice of massage.  It is a tradition, a way of life. The way of aloha, living in harmony with all things. The body (heart), and mind must be clear, open and inviting in order to be a clear channel for a Higher Power.  

~For it is a Higher Power that actually gives you the mana to help someone.~ 

A Lomilomi practitioner was taught to scan the body, by examination of the face and look of the person, and by the use of haha, which is the practice of scanning the body with the hands to find the source of the ailment in a person.  A treatment was always done holistically:  
lying first in the sun or in a steam bath
working with the mind and the emotions though the use of Ho'oponopono

Prayers and chants were offered before treating the person with herbs (la'au lapa'au) or salt rubs
Lomilomi and bone setting or restorative healing work would follow
periods of cleansing would often be incorporated to clear the colon (ocean water cleanses or tonics were often used)

So you see, massage was just a part of the over-all treatment!

Lomilomi ~A Gift from the Heart~

He kehau ho`oma`ema`e ke aloha.

Love is like a cleansing dew.

The cleansing power of aloha can soothe and heal. 
Hurt, pain, and suffering yield to aloha’s healing power.

The massage itself is a huge gift, which comes from the heart.  Lomilomi is purely heart centered, it is pure love.  Auntie Margaret is often quoted as saying both, "I just love the person, God does the rest!" and, "Lomilomi is a praying work".  It is said that it is the prayers that really do the healing, not the technique, not the strokes.  The receiver is acknowledged as an innocent and sacred being, worthy of unconditional love, grace and blessings. The giver focuses on the perfection and wholeness of the receiver, and bears witness to the Holy Spirit of Aloha and the Truth of their being.

In Lomilomi, as in all things Hawaiian, there is an association with the ancestors, and it is understood that the ancestors are always here with us, guiding us; and connected to us through our bodies. The Aumakua is said to breathe life back into the person needing assistance, but they must first ask for help. The High Self, the Higher Power, will not enter into your conscious mind without first being invited! Both the giver and the receiver are expected to ask the Aumakua to enter into their conscious awareness and assist with the healing taking place. 

Breath is also a very essential part of the process, as the most efficient and effective way of releasing stress and bringing rejuvenation to the cells of the body.

On a physical level, Lomilomi is also very heart centered.  Fluids are being pushed in a variety of ways to and from the heart in a rhythmic, flowing pattern.  In this way, the circulation is increased, and the lymph system is deeply flushed and cleansed. A large amount of attention was also placed on the opu, the belly. 
The belly was known as the ruler of the body and working with the colon was an essential part of healing the whole body.

The body was known to have its own soul, and its own consciousness. The body has roles to carry out; one of which was being a direct channel to the High Self, to access Divine messages and the energy of creation. The other role has to do with storing all our memories, and taking directions from our conscious mind. When traumatic events occur in our life that we place judgment on, the energy of these memories becomes crystallized, lodging itself in different areas of the body, causing tension and all types of physical disturbances. 

These crystallized memories can be found lodged in the connective tissue between the bones and the muscles. Lomilomi is a way of gently and lovingly clearing the channels along the bones of the body, guiding all the energy needing to be released down and out the extremities. The nurturing strokes bring aloha (love) and mana (life force) into the body, which causes any crystallized memories to rise up to the surface to be acknowledged, forgiven, and released with the Ha breath. ~Written by Patti Miller


Kumu is a certified Lomilomi practitioner in the state of Hawai'i.  And she still teaches Lomilomi in Hawai'i and around the world.

Hawaiian LomiLomi is the Connection of the Heart, Hand, and Soul of All Life.

By Aunty Margret Machado

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