Meeting The President

It’s not every day one gets to meet the President of Ireland! In November 2015 I was thrilled to be invited to attend a Reception hosted by Michael D. Higgins in honour of the Irish WorldSkills team. This is a huge international competition with only the best representatives of each country who have mastered their […]

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Mālama Honua Education Land Crew Arrives in South Africa

From Shellkanoe Blog: Carry These Islands to Africa: Siyathuthuka Creche & Preschool ‘Iolani School’s Megan Kawatachi shares about the Worldwide Voyage with second-grade learners at Mzingazi Primary School. Mālama Honua Education Land Crew Arrives in South Africa Day 1 We were honored to be picked up (or “fetched” as they say in South Africa) by Ela Gandhi […]

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Hawaiian Voyagers Road Trip in South Africa

Derek Ferrar: Welcome to the Land Voyage Written by Derek Ferrar With all the challenges and risk of guiding Hōkūle‘a safely down the dangerous east coast of South Africa to Cape Town – the notorious ‘graveyard of ships’ that in some reports has seen more than 3,000 shipwrecks – Nainoa has wanted to keep Hōkūleʻa as […]

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Hokulea Pacific Voyage meets African Wisdom

Written by Austin Kino On Sunday November 15, 2015 Hōkūleʻa crewmembers were invited to attend the 2015 World Wisdom Gathering held in Hout Bay, the first Wisdom Gathering for South Africa. The purpose of the Wisdom Gathering is to create a space to celebrate the link between indigenous and modern wisdoms throughout the diverse nations of […]

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Retreats 2015

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Different Lomi Lomi Styles

Lomi Lomi Styles As Lomi Lomi was traditionally shared within each family, each community, each island, there are many different styles. As far as I am aware, there are 2 main “branches” that began teaching to Westerners: • Kahu Abraham Kawai (Lomi Lomi Nui / “temple-style” / Kahuna massage) & • Aunty Margaret Machado (Big […]

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African Connections

I…am a South African. I was born & raised in Kwazulu-Natal on the east coast of southern Africa. My parents were both born in Durban, where my dad spent his youth before joining the Merchant Navy & settling in Zambia (Northern-Rhodesia) working as a tobacco-farmer & boiler-maker. My mother had a fascinating childhood, moving alone […]

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The Way of Aloha

  The Way of Aloha Many people of are familiar with the cheerful greeting ‘Aloha’ and that the word also means ‘love’ or the extended meaning ‘the joyful sharing of life energy in the present moment.’ But what does it mean to ‘LIVE ALOHA’ or ‘BE ALOHA’ or to follow ‘THE WAY OF ALOHA’?   […]

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My First Kahuna Massage

My First Kahuna Massage So here I am sitting at the beginning of 2015 organising dates for teaching Lomi Lomi trainings in Ireland. How did I get here? How did this all happen? More importantly, what happened along the way? I’m taken back to Bazley Beach in Kwa-zulu Natal, South Africa. I had been invited […]

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Journey through Time Back to Hawai’i

This November 2014 would be 10 years since my last visit to the Hawaiian Islands. My previous trip in 2004 had been to complete my teachers training with Susan Floyd @ Aloha International. At that time it was based on the island of Kauai & has since moved “headquarters” to The Big Island. I remember […]

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