Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. – Mary Shelley
These ongoing womenʻs gatherings seek to provide a safe space for uplifting dialogue on any number of topics pertinent to the female experience. Lehua flowers are much beloved by the people of Hawaiʻi. The unique tufted blossoms figure prominently in Hawaiian chants and legends and is a poetic name for menses. Wao-Lehua means domain of the lehua blossoms. It is a dedicated space for women created near each new moon.
Hawai’i has a rich history of women gathering in seclusion while on their cycle. As in many ancient cultures, Hawaiian women used this time to rest and commune with each other on both mundane and sacred levels. This modern Red Tent welcomes women of all ages and lineages to celebrate the full spectrum of life together. We are inspired by the waxing and waning of the moon, understanding that our bodies follow a similar cycle. With that core belief, we welcome women and girls of all ages, female identifying individuals, and women who have experienced menopause or other menstrual variations. We look to the lunar cycles that connect us, allowing us a shared dance with a greater rhythm.
Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā, Kumu Hula
Kumu Mālia is a beloved teacher of hula as well as a practitioner and trainer in lomilomi massage. Known for her compassion and warmth, she is passionate about creating safe, nurturing space for women. Each gathering has at its heart the goal of calming the nervous system and building quiet strength through self study and shared stories.