Hawaiian culture lies at the very foundation of the Still & Moving Center.
Blessed with the presence of Kumu, Malia Helela, from construction through to today, the Center has been providing seamless continuity in Hawaiian Cultural practices and Aloha to the community, from hula and chanting to blessing events, Lei making classes and lomilomi for over 7 years. Malia’s traditional practice spans 2 decades and is in constant evolution. New and ongoing projects include training modules covering Hawaiian hospitality and Management practices.
Mālia strives to live a life of grace. She began her formal training in lomilomi as a teenager. She was licensed by the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998 and as an esthetician in 2002. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. Her hula halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her ‘uniki under Kumu Hula Pulu’elo Park in 2002, Kumu Malia now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Malia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula John Keola Lake. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.
Hawaiian Cultural offerings at the Center:
Spring series: February 2 – April 28, 2019 (every Sunday)
Summer series: June 28-30, 2018 (16hr intensive) / Fall series: 8 Sundays from 6-8pm: Aug 12, 19, 26, Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- Upcoming Hawaiian events at the Center: see events calendar
- Hawaiian themed outings, events and trainings
- Palena Orientation to Hawaiian Management practices, Ancient wisdom for today’s leaders
Living on the earthʻs most isolated landmass, early Hawaiians adapted and thrived by managing their precious resources. This management style has at its core a traditional healing prayer that provides direction, bringing all aspects of life into alignment. Palena refers to land boundaries and participants are guided through establishing their own boundaries around business, projects and personal life.
- Kāheahea Hawaiian Hospitality Training – A true sense of welcome requires us to acknowledge our shared relationships, in a manner that is genuine and inclusive. By defining the ways we are interconnected, we become invested in the wellbeing of our guests. Kāheahea encourages us to turn towards each other, looking again and again for ways to provide service before it is even asked.
- Puana Lomilomi certification – Lomilomi, like all forms of healing, is an unfolding process of many steps. This approach to lomilomi focuses on settling the nervous system and integrating all parts of the body into one. Drawing on lessons of hula and lei making, students weave lomilomi massage techniques into a tailored treatment that addresses body, mind and spirit.
- Hiʻuwai ceremony – In the hula community, a sunrise hiʻuwai ceremony often precedes graduations and other significant events. Kumu Mālia has lead consistent quarterly hiʻuwai since 2003, observing every solstice and equinox. Following a pre-dawn meditation, participants gather to chant awake the sun and then go into the water to ceremonially cleanse themselves.
- Wao lehua guidance for Women – Waolehua is the domain of lehua blossoms. It is a dedicated space for women created near each new moon. These ongoing womenʻs gatherings seek to provide a safe space for uplifting dialogue on any number of topics pertinent to the female experience. Female identifying individuals are warmly welcomed.
- Keiki Offerings – Kumu Maliaʻs uplifting and engaging style welcomes even the littlest dancers into the world of hula. Classes include seated hula for infants and toddlers together with their caregivers, as well as ongoing classes for elementary aged keiki. Children love lomilomi as well as grownups and Kumu Mālia has provided lessons for keiki and their parents to work on each other.
- Walk Story: Oahu’s geography of the Hawaiian Healing Arts
- Waterfall Lei-making outing – If you have ever dreamed of bathing in a mountain pool under a cascading waterfall in Hawai’i, here is your opportunity! Imagine yourself coming upon a beautiful waterfall and mountain pool as you walk through a lush valley. Add the joy of learning a hula dance and making a beautiful lei of native plant materials…what a day!
- Other offerings (blessings, lei making, poi pounding, etc)
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