Between June 5th and July 29th 2021, five kumu mauli ola presented unique workshops focused around health and well-being that was fitting for there moku and ahupuaʻa. The eight session classes were focused on traditional knowledge and the benefits of Native Hawaiian healing methodologies. Through instructional workshops, demonstrations and lectures, participants learned about and connected with ways to fulfill their roles in once again instilling a healer in every home.
ʻAha Kāne collaborated with skilled practitioners from Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Academy of Native Hawaiian Healing Traditions on four islands (Hawaiʻi, Molokaʻi, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi), to implement five (2-on Oʻahu) unique experiences for youth and ʻohana between the ages of 5 years old till 17 years old.
Lāʻau Lapaʻau (Plant Medicine): Remedies and mixtures were determined on accessibility by youth and what the ʻāina provided. Kōnane (Mental Conditioning): Engaged youth and mākua in friendly dialog and stimulating competition. Lomilomi (Structural Alignment of the Spirit): Partners developed a holistic approach to health through the healing touch. Hāola (Diaphramatic Breathing & Meditation): Participants focused on clearing their minds, filling their bodies with fresh thoughts and good mana. Hoʻomaʻemaʻe (Internal Cleansing): Haumāna gathered and prepared simple mixtures to consume with willing family members. Nā Mea Hoʻōla (Tools associated with healing): Youth learned how to make, use, then brought healing tools back into their homes to heal. Hoʻoikaika Kino (Body Strengthening): Hawaiian games and competitions helped to build relationships between haumāna and ʻohana members. Pule & Oli (Prayers): All youth learned a pule to help ground them in this work. Kilo (Enviornmental Observations): Students took the time to listen, observe, hear, feel and seek the seen and unseen shifts in their world. ʻAi Pono (Nutritional Diets): Besides every lunch being conscious of healthy eating, haumāna gathered and prepped one meal per site to feed families. Aloha ʻĀina (Love of Land): Participants poured mana into clearing, planting and caring for that which feeds our kino.
“My mom said my grandma use to do laau for our family but now I no dat maybe I can be like her and help everyone.” - Molokaʻi youth