Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 am HST
Saturdays 9:30-10:30 am PDT
Starting Oct 7, 2020
[Note: Changes to 7:30 am HST in November, stays at 9:30 am PST when Daylight Savings ends]
Join Lorna as she zooms Nia from Italy to students around the world! Bring your passion, your unique, beautiful spirit to this virtual global class. Enjoy a sprinkling of Italian trivia, language and spirit along with a wonderful exercise session!
Barefoot Cardio Nia blends the grace and spontaneity of dance arts (modern, jazz, Duncan), the power and control of martial arts (Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido), and the calm and focus of healing arts (yoga, Alexander Technique, The Work of Moshe Feldenkrais). Each 60-minute, barefoot cardio Nia routine is masterfully crafted to inspiring music – a holistic fusion of whole-body, expressive, grounded movement for body-mind wellness and fitness. This class is perfect for all fitness levels, as each person is encouraged to move in their own safe range of motion and intensity, where it feels good.
A few benefits of Nia:
- Increases flexibility, stability, mobility, agility and strength
- Improves endurance, concentration and cognitive functions
- Enhances sensory awareness
- Calms the mind and relieves stress and tension
- Allows you to sweat without pounding your knees, hips or ankles.
“Join me…. sense the healing heartbeat of community, and experience the joy of movement!” – Lorna
Lorna was trained and certified by founder Debbie Rosas in “Nia, the Art of Sensation” and “Nia Moving to Heal”. She holds Nia White, Green and Blue Belts. On Sunday mornings she collaborates with Nia teachers from many parts of the world, delving deeper into this amazing practice through Nia Mentorship, facilitated by Renée Tillotson, Nia Black Belt 2nd degree, Director of Still & Moving Center. Lorna perceives life as a dance of creative expression, a story through movement and art, and we are the moving sculpture.
Together with her husband Tony, Lorna is fulfilling their dream of many years, living in Sacile, Italy, providing private tours of a country and culture they love and whose blood runs in their veins.
Lorna believes through movement we find health, vibrancy, creative expression and joy. She believes that every person has the ability to discover, explore, unleash, and enhance their potential by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies!
Lorna’s other passions include: designing glass art jewelry and bronze sculptures, tap dancing, rock climbing, hiking, and HEMA(Historical European Martial Arts) longsword fencing. She loves creating special moments with family and friends, and volunteering for organizations that make a difference for children, such as Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Charitable Foundation and Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland when she lived in Oakland, California and her Executive, MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, in addition to her Nia certifications, Lorna considers herself a life-long learner.
Nov 1-8-15-22, 2020
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Kumu Malia introduces keiki students to two instruments in this series. They dance with an ipu (gourd) and puʻili (split bamboo). Kumu also includes classic sitting hula dances using the hands only.
Students provide their own implements for the series. Please contact Kumu Malia for information about where you can purchase implements: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children who participate in hula hālau (school) receive one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Kumu Mālia teaches the basic moves of both hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula ‘auana (modern hula), as well as oli (Hawaiian chanting). Keiki (children) also learn a true appreciation for nature.
Your child will feel truly appreciated and supported by their loving, vivacious teacher, Kumu Mālia.
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Kumu Hula Mālia Helelā
Malia is an authentic Kumu Hula: a recognized hula teacher, officially having graduated after 17 years training from her teacher, Pulu’elo Park. Fluent in Hawaiian, Kumu Malia frequently composes her own original oli (sacred chants). Kumu Malia has an affinity for teaching young children. For the last decade she has developed lessons specific to infants, toddlers and preschool aged keiki. She also enjoys sharing classic hula and songs with the elderly. In keeping with her tradition, she is an observant and reverent student of nature and keeper of the land – the ‘aina.
Someone asked me recently what my greatest fear is. I realized that it is living in a land where we are not free and protected by law to make our own choices, where we can protest what is wrong and govern ourselves.
The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another. – Thomas Paine (American Revolutionary patriot)
I am feeling enormously patriotic these days, and extremely protective of all the freedoms and rights we seem close to abandoning as a nation. I want to make sure we maintain our democracy’s foundation stone: our right to vote in fair elections.
You may be asking, ‘Who’s side is she on?!?’ Good question. I’m on the side of keeping the best that we’ve inherited from those early Americans who helped us free ourselves from the rule of a king so that we, the people, could govern ourselves.
I’m on the side of tossing out everything that denies the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to anyone. We have a LOT of old bath water that needs to be thrown out of this country. We’re getting to see right now how dirty it is. Some things HAVE to go, but for heaven’s sake, let’s keep the baby.
What is the baby? It’s something I believe we unconsciously take for granted: our American right to vote.
I took a Political Science major in college and came to love that no one – even at the top of a government – got to impose their will upon us; even they were subject to the law of the land. And we could always vote them out of office and vote other people in.
We stand at a juncture where not just some but ALL of us may lose our right to vote in a legitimate election. I protest polling stations being closed, the dismantling of our postal system, our post office boxes being removed, and vote-counting machines in post offices being destroyed – all to make it more difficult for people who might vote against the current administration to do so. The intent is to create a general aura of chaos clouding our election process. I protest.
Are we so shriveled by fear of our fellow Americans’ votes that we won’t insist that everyone have clear access to submitting their ballots? Let’s not allow Covid-19 to become a convenient ruse for attempting to suppress others’ votes. We send inspectors to make sure that other countries in the world conduct fair elections. We can do this for ourselves, too. We have managed to do that since 1789, and we can do it again this year, when a well-run election is so critical – no matter who gets the greatest number of votes.
I’ve called and spoken to Republican friends recently, asking whether they are concerned about preserving our right to vote. They are indeed, even though they see it through a different lens. They also believe everyone deserves to be treated equally, not according to their race, gender or age. And they remain committed to their candidate, mostly, they say, for economic reasons. They are also worried about violence and looting sweeping the land – the streets they shop on and the streets they live in. Let’s address that concern.
When peaceful protests are characterized and met by law enforcement agents as if they were riots, we have a problem. Let’s pause and recognize another fundamental set of liberties guaranteed by our Constitution so that a king could not come back and impose himself upon our land: our right to free speech, our right to assemble, and our right to be protected by the law.
When we believe our country is off course and that American citizens are being wronged, should we not raise our voices in warning? My whole life history tells me YES, we should.
Ours is not a family of rioters. We are definitely a family who exercise our right to assemble to express our views. As I’ve told you before, my parents took us to peace concerts and protest marches in the 1960s against what they felt was an unrighteous war in Viet Nam. My mom has marched on union picket lines. Cliff and I have taken our kids to march on behalf of the environment. Both the men and women in my family joined local versions of the historic Women’s March on Washington in 2017. We joined people of every color and walk of life, and we brought children and puppies. I don’t believe we are scary or radical people. We are proud of our uncles who fought to preserve the “free world” in WWII. My family simply considers these non-violent protests to be our duty as citizens.
Because awful things DO still happen here in America – things that absolutely must stop – I thank goodness we can take videos on our phones and share them publicly as part of our right to free speech. We need to keep alive our free press’ right to investigate and report misdeeds. Informed, we cannot stand by and let innocent people be killed at the hands of someone representing the government. Nor can we allow federal agents in unmarked vehicles to show up at a protest, capture people and haul them away with no due process, no reading to them of their rights – as has happened already in Portland, Oregon. This is a shocking violation of our constitutional right to fair legal treatment. We must object.
I make the plea that law enforcement personnel and citizens on the sidelines honor all lawful protesting. I plea that all righteous protesters commit to non-violence, even if met with unwarranted police brutality. That’s the time-tested Gandhi and King version of nonviolent protest.
I look at how Hong Kongers’ right to free speech, the right to assemble, to a fair trial and to meaningful elections has shrunken in just the last year under China’s authoritarian power grab and wonder, is that what we want for ourselves? Let us not – out of fear – forfeit our right to speak our minds and protest against things our government does. Imagine living in a country where doing so could cause us to disappear without a trace into a concentration camp or be poisoned by a cup of tea, as we know can happen under authoritarian governments.
Through our ballots, our letters to the editor, our marching and our taking people to court, we prove time and again the strength of our American system of rights and freedoms.The #MeToo movement and our insistence that the clergy be held accountable has caught out many abusive men. LGBTQ people have won recognition and freedom to be open about gender. In the United States we can march for women’s right to abortion, OR for unborn babies’ right to live. Remarkable liberty.
We are facing challenges to our democracy that could drastically affect all of us. Besides talking with both Republican and Democrat friends, I live and speak urgently with my husband and two housemates who participate in the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s not enough for any of us to just talk amongst ourselves. Having these conversations with people of many viewpoints, and being really willing to listen, has been a hugely important step for me to take. Why? Because no decisions really come from the mind, they come either from the gut or the heart.
As long as people of any color or group feel left out, as if the wealth or protection of this nation has passed them by – we all have a problem on our hands. As long as some people feel so frightened by their fellow citizens that they will relinquish fundamental American freedoms for the sake of more safety, security or more material prosperity, we are in grave trouble. We’re also in trouble when people are willing to resort to violence – for whatever reason. And this trouble will not disappear with the outcome of the upcoming election… It will not dissolve unless and until we let each other kno w by word and by deed that we cherish each other and want the best for one another.
We absolutely need change. More change. And we must not allow America’s constitutional democracy to be dismantled by giving up our free, fair elections.
No throwing the baby out with the bath water! The consequences could be devastating. Imagine the alternative forms of government that could fill such a vacuum. We should instead seek to uphold our democracy’s rights and freedoms for every single person with all our might and main.
For an outside perspective on the value of freedom, I also spoke while writing this letter to a long time student of Still & Moving Center who was born in Hong Kong and continues to have close ties there. Hong Kong has lost its freedoms so rapidly in the last year, I had to interview her anonymously. Her cautionary tale deserves our consideration – PLEASE read it below.
With all our differences, let’s talk. Let’s agree that the freedoms infused into the fabric of this country should be available to all of us now. To lose our vote would be to lose all the rest of our freedoms. Let us not be bullied or hoodwinked into losing our ballot. We need it to govern ourselves.
Let’s agree to KEEP OUR RIGHT TO VOTE IN FAIR ELECTIONS.
And let’s see our way into a new era, where we truly listen to one another’s grievances and do what we can so that everyone in America feels safe, justly treated, of equal stature, and free.
“Is Gandhi relevant today?”
Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.
Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. “If we know how much passive violence we perpetrate against one another we will understand why there is so much physical violence plaguing societies and the world,” Gandhi said. Through daily lessons, Arun says, he learned about violence and about anger.
Arun shares these lessons all around the world. For the past five years, he has participated in the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars. In recent years his engagements included speaking at the Chicago Children’s Museum and the Women’s Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He also delivered talks at the Young President’s Organization in Mexico, the Trade Union Leaders’ Meeting in Milan, Italy, as well as the Peace and Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sometimes, his journeys take him even further. Arun has spoken in Croatia, France, Ireland, Holland, Lithuania, Nicaragua, China, Scotland and Japan. Also, he is a very popular speaker on college campuses and in recent years, he has spoken at, North Dakota State University, Concordia College, Baker University, Morehouse College, Marquette University, and the University of San Diego, to name a few.
Arun is very involved in social programs and writing, as well. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they were informed the South African government would not allow her to accompany him there. Sunanda and Arun decided to live in India, and Arun worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India.
Arun and his late wife, Sunanda, rescued over 125 orphan children from the streets and placed them in loving homes around the world and began a Center for Social Change, which transformed the lives of millions in villages in the western state of Maharashtra. Together, Arun and Sunanda started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence.
The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow.
In 1987 Sunanda and Arun came to the US and in 1991 they started the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at the Christian Brothers University in Memphis Tennessee. In 2008 the Institute was moved to the University of Rochester, New York. In the 17 years of the Institute’s life the Gandhi’s took the message of nonviolence and peace to hundreds of thousands of high school and University youth around the US and much of the Western World.
In 1997, Sunanda and Arun began the Gandhi Legacy Tour of India, in 2012 Arun expanded the business and developed two additional tour itineraries, the Gandhi Lifescapes Tour of India and Gandhi Satyagraha Tour of South Africa.
Sunanda died in February of 2007 and the family is working to establish a residential-school in poorest rural India in her honor. Arun founded the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute in 2008 headquartered in a suburb outside of Chicago, ILL. The Institute was founded to promote community building in economically depressed areas of the world through the joining of Gandhian philosophy and vocational education for children and their parents.
Arun is the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa; then, he wrote two books on poverty and politics in India; followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi’s Wit & Wisdom. He also edited a book of essays on World Without Violence: Can Gandhi’s Vision Become Reality? And, more recently, wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda and his bestseller Legacy of Love: My education in the path of nonviolence. In March of 2014 Grandfather Gandhi was released. A picture book for all ages by Arun Gandhi, Bethany Hegedus illustrated by Evan Turk.
Sampling of Arun’s Honorary Degrees –
- Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), Harrogate, TN – Humanities Studies
- Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, NJ – Humanities Studies
- Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD – Humanities Studies
Notable Interfaith Activities
- Washington Post Interfaith Dialogue blog: On Faith 2006-2012
- Board of Interfaith Alliance in Washington DC – 1998-2005
- Interfaith March 911 – Commemorative March Unity Walk (Washington DC) – Arun has led the Interfaith Walk for each of the past 9 years
- Promoting Mahatma Gandhi’s Interfaith messages for decades
- Gandhi Legacy Tour – 16 years fostering Interfaith with tour participants’ prayer visits and meetings at Muslim Temples, Jain Temples, Hindu Temples – As Gandhi famously proclaimed: “I am a Christian, and a Hindu, and a Muslim and a Jew!”
In November 2013, Arun Gandhi was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions.
“Mahatma’s Non-Violence : Essence of The Culture of Peace for New Humanity”
Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury has devoted many years as an inspirational champion for sustainable peace and development and ardently advancing the cause of the global movement for the culture of peace that has energized civil society all over the world.
As a career diplomat, Permanent Representative to United Nations, President of the UN Security Council, President of UNICEF Board, UN Under-Secretary-General, and recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace, Spirit of the UN Award, University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor’s Medal for Global Leadership for Peace and 2018 Global Women’s Peace Award, Ambassador Chowdhury has a wealth of experience in the critical issues of our time – peace, sustainable development, and human rights.
Ambassador Chowdhury’s legacy and leadership in advancing the best interest of the global community are boldly imprinted in his pioneering initiatives at the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 for adoption of the landmark Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and in 1998 for the proclamation of the “International Decade for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)”
Equally pioneering is his initiative in March 2000 as the President of the Security Council that achieved the political and conceptual breakthrough leading to the adoption of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in which the Council recognized for the first time the role and contribution of women in the area of peace and security and the equality of their participation at all decision-making levels.
He served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York from 1996 to 2001 and as the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, responsible for the most vulnerable countries of the world from 2002 to 2007.
Ambassador Chowdhury is the Founder of New York-based NGO coalition the Global Movement for The Culture of Peace (GMCoP).
In March 2003, the Soka University of Tokyo, Japan conferred to Ambassador Chowdhury an Honorary Doctorate for his work on women’s issues, child rights and culture of peace as well as for the strengthening of the United Nations. In May 2012, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa degree from the Saint Peter’s University of the United States.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of IMPACT Leadership 21 and is the first recipient of the IMPACT Leadership 21’s Global Summit Frederick Douglass Award Honoring Men Who Are Champions For Women’s Advancement in October 2013.
Ambassador Chowdhury received the first Institute for Global Leadership Lifetime Service Award on 1 May 2007 at the Conference on New Leadership Models for Worcester, United States and the World in Worcester, MA.
He was a member of the UN High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on the 15-year implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and also one of the 12-member Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security hosted in Bangkok.
He has been the Chair of the International Drafting Committee on the Human Right to Peace; an initiative coordinated from Geneva and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the New York City Peace Museum.
He was a founding Co-Chair of the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO) with headquarters in China and is a member of the Advisory Council of the National Peace Academy in US.
He is the Honorary Chair of the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the UN, New York and Chairman of the Global Forum on Human Settlements, both since 2008. Since 2012, he has been a part of the 12-member Wisdom Council of the Summer of Peace, a world-wide participatory initiative to advance the Culture of Peace.
He has been decorated by the Government of Burkina Faso in West Africa with the country’s highest honour “L’Ordre National” in 2007 in Ouagadougou for his championship of the cause of the most vulnerable countries.
Dr. Chowdhury has structured curricula and conducted courses on “The Culture of Peace” at the Soka University of America and the City University of New York in 2008 and 2009. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at the School of Diplomacy, Seton Hall University of the United States.
He is a Patron of the Committee on Teaching About the UN (CTAUN), New York. He is the Chair of the Jury of the Peace in the Streets Global Film Festival (PSGFF) and member of the Advisory Board of the Orlando-based Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF).
Public speaking and advocacy for the culture of peace, women’s equality and global citizenship keep him engaged at the present time.
Major Rakesh Bhardwaj
“Legacy of Gandhi in the 21st century”
Rakesh Bhardwaj was born in New Delhi. He was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1973. From early childhood, he was attracted by the teachings and life of Mahatma Gandhi and wanted to be a soldier of peace. While he was in university, he frequently participated in various university debates on Gandhi and was president of the writers association. In 1969 he was invited to take part in the “All India Mahatma Gandhi Centenary” celebrations where he won accolades for his performance. During his career Rakesh Bhardwaj has served in most inhospitable terrains and hostile environments. His last assignment was in the highest and coldest battlefield in the world where temperatures dip down to minus sixty degrees Celsius and below.
Despite all the adversities and challenges, Rakesh Bhardwaj adopted a policy of non violence and also sent a message of peaceful coexistence to the adversary.
Rakesh Bhardwaj lives in Toronto with his wife and volunteers at Sunnybrook Hospital.
“Spinning, Weaving, Praying”
Sequoia Carr-Brown is an international performance artist and founder of a collaborative, creative arts, and education company, StRaNgE FrUiT XPrEsS. The award winning company strives to empower communities with engaging educational, mixed media performances, and workshops. Sequoia is certified in the DanceAbility method by world renowned, mixed ability educator and choreographer, Alito Alessi. She is the Creative Dance Director of Kristian Lei’s, Honolulu Broadway Babies project and J. E. T. H. Continuing Education School. Her J. E. T. H. school students are former winners of the Hawaii Stars People with Extraordinary Abilities Contest.
Sequoia is a company dancer with Ginko Marischino, Jhalak Dance, Ramm Dance Company, and co-founder of Piko Dance Arts, LLC. In January, Sequoia co-produced and performed the production, “Raw/Lineage” with Piko Dance Arts, LLC, and performed in the closing credits for Kurt Ken Kaminaka’s and Diq Diamond’s film,“Tales of the Circle Keys”.
Sequoia has also performed and presented art works from her foundational “CoNsTrUcTeD: Red, White, and Blue” series for the Hawai’i Public Library System’s, “Black History in Hawai’i Series.” Recently, Sequoia and her Piko Dance Arts, LLC partners became grantees for the 2020 MAP Fund. She also completed production with Peter Espiritu’s, Tau Dance Theatre production, “INDIGENUITY”. Currently, her company, StRaNgE FrUiT XPrEsS is in production to present an art installation with seven other talented artists for the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art,Culture & Design’s “8×8” exhibition. Sequoia thanks her ohana and friends for their love and support.
Billy Chang, Yi-Chun
“Satyagraha (truth & will)”
Born in Taiwan, Billy Chang, Yi-Chun, received a BFA degree in dance from Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), the most prestigious art institution in Taiwan and Asia. He has performed as a soloist for SUNY-Purchase College in NY and as a main character in the touring production “Dralion”, with the world renowned company, Cirque Du Soleil.
While touring, Billy freelanced, taught and choreographed for several dance productions internationally.
In 2012, he returned to Taiwan and established his own company “Natural Kind Inspiration Garden”, where he re-thought stage performance areas in unlikely places, such as rice fields, rivers, forests or underwater. Merging new elements to this reality and creating fantasy performances in nature. Throughout, he has collaborated with many traditional craftsmen and artists, enabling a crossover from traditional art and music to contemporary.
He is currently the TV host for Tzu-Chi DaAI TV one of the most well known non-profit charity buddhist associations in the world. As well as the TV show ” How ART you ” where he has interviewed artists from Korea, Philippines, Canada and South Africa. The most important mission for Billy Chang, Yi-Chun is to share his energy and love of art around the world.
Willow Chang is committed to the creative process, learning experience and sacred practice. A life-long dancer, she started dance early, studying hula for 10 years with Kumu Alicia Smith. After living abroad performing in Egypt in a Hawaiian Show (1994), Willow began to study bellydance with her first teacher, Glo Ayson, in Hawai’i. Willow holds a BA in Dance/music minor, (UH, ’02) and has also studied Classical Indian dance, Balinese, Flamenco, Argentine Tango, Ballet and Modern dance. For the past 18 years, she’s focused on Middle Eastern/Northern African dances. She’s recognized as Hawai‘i’s premier Middle Eastern Dance artist, with her emotive and elegant dance, on spot musicality and exceptional costumes of her own design. Willow is respected for her commitment to the innovation of the art of dance, as well as it’s traditions. She travels annually to study and perform with master teachers, as well as give workshops. She’s always honored to share the beauty of this ever evolving art.
Miss Willow lives and walks her yoga practice. If you have ever seen Willow spin like a perfectly balanced top for minutes at a time, you recognize her flawless posture that provides the still axis of her rotation. In addition to her training and accomplishment in the dance and music disciplines, Willow has faithfully followed a wealth of yoga practices since age 15. Synthesizing her studies in yoga, biomechanics and dance, Willow shares a yoga that celebrates safe form, cultural hallmarks, fluidity, breath work and mind-body awareness. Her students experience grace and joy through movement.
“Children helping Children”
Children Helping Children (CHC) is a multimedia and multi-cultural program, founded in 1991 to give children of all cultures opportunities to showcase the beauty of their cultural heritage in Concerts and parades for the benefit of needy children. They have done an outstanding job representing the World in America. CHC highlights the World’s concerns’ such as Aids, drugs, conflict, poverty and pollution.
CHC was founded by Nada Dalgamouni, International Educator and immigrant who started her efforts at the Aloha State in 1981. She has been nominated twice for a Nobel Peace Prize, for her endless efforts building bridges of harmony, unity, Peace and understanding in the global community. Her global learning and cultural awareness programs are helping children everywhere to think globally and act locally. She has implemented CHC in many Michigan schools: International Club(IC) after school program and Global Journeys (GJ) summer day camp and International Festivals. CHC represents kids from 96 Nations and have many branches around the World.
“Presentation of an Honorary Certificate from the State Senate”
Senator Mike Gabbard represents Hawai`i’s 20th Senate District (West O`ahu) and has served in the Hawai‘i State Senate since 2006.
- He currently serves as Chair of the Agriculture and Environment Committee. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee for seven years.
- His daughter, Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard, represents Congressional District 2 in the US House of Representatives
- Senator Gabbard was a supporter of Act 5 in 2015 to designate October 2 of each year as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Day in Hawai`i.
“Imagine”- By John Lennon
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, singer, songwriter, Gabriel Goes was introduced to music at a young age- taking on Ukulele at 2 yrs old and singing/ performing with local productions from the age of 6. He started his first band, The Kadetz, when he was 13. As a High School graduate Class of 2020, he now studies Music Biz & Engineering with a full scholarship at Honolulu Community College. His recent Band- Backset has released a single and is now working on their first EP.
“Pandemic and Peace in 2020”
Josh Green is a local doctor, husband, and father of two who has spent his life caring for Hawaii families.
After completing his medical training, Josh joined the National Health Corps and started his life’s work as a family physician and ER doctor in rural hospitals and clinics on the Big Island.
Josh served in the Hawaii State House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008 and in the Hawaii State Senate from 2008 to 2018 where he chaired the Health Committee and Human Services Committee.
In 2005, Josh met his wife Jaime Ushiroda, a local girl from Kaneohe, and they were married in 2006.
Together they are the proud parents of 12-year-old daughter Maia and 8-year-old son Sam.
In 2009 he was named “Hawaii Physician of the Year”.
The hopes, challenges, and values of the families he cares for inspire Josh to do more to make life better for the people of Hawaii and he is honored to serve as their Lieutenant Governor.
Kumu Mālia is beloved by students around the globe for her kind heart and loving style of teaching, not to mention her deep knowledge, beautiful voice and exquisite dancing. She is a traditionally graduated kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner/trainer, as well as a cultural consultant for Still & Moving Center.
Malia Helela completed her hula ʻuniki (graduation) under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park in 2002, and studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. Malia has been teaching both practices ever since to a wide range of students, from infants to kupuna, and leading her halau (school), Nā Hula Ola Aloha. Kumu Malia has personally taught thousands of hula students in Hawaii. Additionally, the many Japanese hula teachers whom she has trained over the years teach hundreds of their own students in Japan using the style, method and philosophy of Kumu Malia’s hula lineage.
Kumu Malia considers her hula practice and lomilomi practice to be two parts of the same whole. From her 20 years of lomi experience, she developed a 128 hour massage training program of her own called Puana Lomilomi, based on the intertwined practices of lomilomi, hula, pule, oli and lei-making.
As a member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Malia participates in the sharing of native Hawaiian healing arts that focus specifically on lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau and hoʻoponopono. Malia regularly teaches lomilomi for the Salvation Armyʻs Womenʻs Way program representing their cultural healing classes for women in recovery.
As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Malia has delivered presentations for Leeward Community College, the Hawaii Yoga Institute, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Mid Pacific Institute, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Manoa Cottage, Honolulu Theater for Youth, numerous groups of International middle and high school students and Still & Moving Center. Kumu Mālia Helelā is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. As a kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner, she looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration.
Assistant to the Artistic Director of this 15th International Day of Non-violence and Mahatma Gandhi Day Celebration
Emily Stage Managed for nearly 20 years, working throughout the West Coast, New York, Las Vegas and Japan. After 11 years with Cirque du Soleil she moved to Hawaii to be with her Husband and 2 step children. She is also a Creative Director, Choreographer, and Painter with no end to creative outlets. Since moving to Oahu she has joined the staff of Still & Moving Center where she manages Social Media and provides support to the Faculty. At the Center she finds great joy from supporting the community and promoting the wellness opportunities that are offered there. She dreams of opening a coffee shop, raising goats and having lots of cats.
“How Gandhi’s thoughts are relevant in today’s World”
Judith Jenya has earned numerous US and International awards and recognition highlighting her achievements as a humanitarian and peace activist. Through her commitment to the well being and safety of children she has worked in Hawaii, California, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Jordan, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosova,and N. Ireland.
She founded and directed Global Children’s Organization which brought together children from all sides of armed conflicts. She developed and taught peacemaking and non-violent conflict resolution skills that are in use throughout the world.
She is a wife, mother and grandmother, friend, and volunteers with children’s organizations in Mexico where she now lives.
Harvard University, MAT Fine Arts
Univ. of California, Berkeley, BA,MSW
Richardson School of Law, Univ. of Hawaii, JD
Worked as an attorney and mediator in Honolulu, and taught at the East West Center and The graduate School of Social Work, UH.
International Humanist of the Year, 2002
Temple award for Creative Altruism from IONS 2001
University of California Berkeley alumna of the Year for Service 2000
Hadassah Woman of the Year, Hawaii 1980
Artist and writer
Painter and photographer with solo exhibitions in Mexico, California, Hawaii, Bosnia
Bi-lingual book of poetry, “Aromas de dos Pueblos”.
“Welcome and devotional chant”
Dr. Raj Kumar is the Founder & President of Gandhi International Institute for Peace (GIIP) in Hawaii. Dr. Kumar is also a Liaison for sister-state relationship between Hawaii and the State of Goa, Republic of India. He is also the President of the Indian-American Friendship Council (Hawaii Chapter). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii.
He laid the foundation of GIIP on September 11, 2001, the day when the twin towers were attacked by terrorists in New York City. Since then, GIIP’s mission has been to raise awareness about peace & non-violence. GIIP & Dr. Kumar has achieved this in various ways.
In October 2007, Dr. Kumar organized a ‘World Peace March’ from the Magic Island to Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii. Over 20 organizations, peace activists, teachers & students participated in this event.
In 2015,GIIP initiated a bill in the Hawaii Legislature to establish October 2 as “Mahatma Gandhi Day”, which was signed into Act 5 by The Honorable Governor, David Y. Ige, making Hawaii the first State in US to declare October 2 as “Mahatma Gandhi Day”.
GIIP also initiated resolution in the Hawaii Legislature adopted to establish a sister- state relationship between Hawai’i and the State of Goa, Republic of India. This relationship would promote trade, tourism, education and cultural exchange programs between two states. Governor Ige and Gurudas Pilarnekar, Goa’s Director of Art and Culture, signed this historic agreement at Washington Place on September 28, 2018.
Further, GIIP initiated House Bill, HB 349, into the Hawaii Legislature to declare “June 21 each year as International Yoga Day in Hawaii”, which was signed into Act 102 in June 2019 by Honorable Governor Ige.
Since 2007, GIIP has been organizing annual international Day of Non-Violence in Hawaii to promote peace & non-violence in the community and encourages Hawaii residents to practice Aloha.
On a personal front, Dr. Kumar has authored numerous books. He plans to release his latest work on Mahatma Gandhi titled “Anger and Nonviolence” in 2021. He has contributed several articles on faith, peace, nonviolence and health in Hawaii’s leading newspapers between 2005-2018.
“Prayer to Gandhi”
Sooriya’s life journey has been on a pilgrimage uniting the path of the healer and traditional visual arts with the spiritual path of the heart.
Muthukumaru Sooriyakumar (Sooriya) was born in 1949 in a small village to a traditional family in Sri Lanka.
When he was young, he recalls being drawn to the rhythmic, tapping sounds of the temple artists working on stone. In the 1960s and 1970s his pilgrimages began. He walked with holy men throughout India, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayas of Nepal. He made eight round trips overland from Sri Lanka through Persia to Europe experiencing people from different cultures, religions, and regions (many no longer accessible to travelers).
After many years of travel and exploration he settled in Wai’anai in 1984. In Wai’anae, Sooriya continued his journey of life and art, and he has achieved prominence as a world-renowned copper artist. He has lived a humble life for the last 35 years on the Wai’anae coast of Oahu working and sharing.
Over the last 50 years he has developed artwork that graces the entrances and walls of healing centers, temples, homes, and community buildings around the world. His work celebrates the nature and the heart, Oneness and Compassion – universal themes that speak to people of all faiths. His artwork can be seen in countries from Australia and New Zealand to Japan, India and Sri Lanka to Germany and through North America.
In Hawaii, Sooriya has been blessed to work directly with Native Hawaiians who have graciously shared their traditional ways, culture, and protocols with him. He has been honored to receive formal recognition as a Living Treasure of Hawaii.
He founded Mouna Arts and Cultural Village in the Wai’anae Valley in 2014.
Sooriya creates art that touches the heart of people by reconnecting them to themselves, to each other and to their surroundings. Mouna Arts & Cultural Village provides this opportunity for all, in particular the children of Hawaii. Here they experience the creative process and joy in making art while being connected to nature and connecting more deeply to themselves.
“Art created with heart speaks to other hearts;
through this language of the heart,
union is achieved.” – Sooriya
“Applying Gandhi’s principles to 2020”
Andrea Malji is an Assistant Professor in the department of International Studies at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Her research speciality is political violence, non violent resistance, and nationalism, with a regional specialization in South Asia. She recently completed a fellowship from the International Center on NonViolent Conflict to help develop a new course on civil resistance. She has a forthcoming book with Cambridge University Press on Religious Nationalism in Contemporary South Asia.
“Mantra: Vaishnava Janato”
Zeny Ogrisseg E-RYT 500, YACEP, AWC (Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor)
Zeny is a Yoga Educator, Musician, Sound Healer and Sri Vidya Practitioner. With a mixed heritage that includes Punjabi Indian, Filipino and Spanish, Zeny was raised in a culturally and spiritually diverse home. Her first yoga experience was listening to her mom chanting “Om” when she was a child.
Zeny’s yoga teaching emphasizes alignment, core stability, balance and deep stretching for the hips and shoulders. Her favorite poses are backbends, because they help open the heart. Zeny’s classes are noted for their depth in alignment, practical philosophy and rich spirituality.
She has traveled extensively all over India, studying Yoga, Tantra, Mantra and Ayurveda. She is certified at the highest level recognized by Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher Trainer, conducting 200 and 500 Hour Yoga Trainings through her school Hawaii School of Yoga. Her teachers include Guru Karunamaya, former head priest at Devipuram temple, a lineage holder of Sri Vidya, one of the most ancient Indian spiritual traditions whose main icon is the Sri Yantra; Swami Khecharanatha, a lineage holder of Kundalini Sadhana (derived from Kashmir Shaivism) and founder of Rudramandir in Berkeley, CA; and Russil Paul (Anirud Jaidev), recording artist, music producer and author of the book “The Yoga of Sound.”
Inspired by one of India’s greatest Yogi’s, Sri Aurobindo, who was the first to say “All Life is Yoga”, Zeny promotes the yogic way of life, not just the practice on the mat. Her own daily practice involves meditating and chanting daily, studying the source texts of yoga, practicing Sri Vidya, and teaching yoga classes.
With a passion for sacred music, Zeny plays the piano, harp, harmonium and Tibetan singing bowls. And her main instrument is her voice. She has a gift for Sanskrit chanting and conducts kirtan and chanting sessions all over Oahu.
“Satyagraha (truth & will)”
The daughter of a dancer, Tara Pandeya has gained world renown as a dance performer, teacher and choreographer, as well as a scholar and cultural activist dedicated to the promotion of dance forms from Central Asia. Tara worked as a principal dancer with Cirque du Soleil and is the first westerner to perform with Lola, the National Ensemble of Tajikistan. Tara has performed & created dance programing in over 35 countries.
She balances her work as a practitioner with theoretical work, conducting dance research through the Rockefeller Foundation & CECArtslink in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, East Turkestan, Pakistan, India and Russia. Most recently, she has created original dance works for UNESCO, the Bauhaus Festival & at Royal Albert Hall. Tara holds an MA in Dance Anthropology from London’s Roehampton University and is a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar. Her solo work has been featured on BBC, in the New York Times and in Dance Magazine.
“We shall overcome”
From an Ivy League education to Wall street to fame and fortune as a MTV Rap star, at some point along Nimo’s journey he realized that we was walking a path of suffering and that the only path to light was through selfless service to others and his own internal purification. For the past 10 years Nimo has been serving and working with the underprivileged communities in the Gandhi Ashram in India. Most recently Nimo has reconnected to his roots of music and is offering this gift of love, peace and oneness through his songs: an offering he calls “Empty Hands Music”.
Nimo chose the title ‘Empty Hands’, because of the profound wisdom we all can gain when we understand this deeper truth: that we arrive on this planet empty handed and we will all soon leave empty handed. So then, how and in what spirit do we want to spend the time in between?
Empty Hands Music’s mission: is to spread seeds of goodness in the world through selfless service, music, and love. All of Empty Hands Music’s offerings are gifts to the world. Empty Hands is a 501c3 US-based Non-Profit, 100% Gift offering with an intention to spread seeds of goodness through its music, events & sharings all across the world, as well as through its grassroots, arts-based service work from the Gandhi Ashram, for underprivileged children in the slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
VIDEO TITLE: “WE SHALL OVERCOME”
A song by Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod, video directed by Nimo Patel and Ellie Walton – which was created to bring a response to the turbulent times. Whatever the question is: “Love is the Answer”. We Shall Overcome!
Dr. Patterson is the long time President of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center, & Nonviolence Educator and Trainer. He is a well known Hawaiian Priest in the Episcopal Church, founded by Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma in 1662; and Professor of Peace Studies and Social Work. He has been active in International Human Rights and has served ad a Church World Service delegate to many United Nations General Assemblies, Forums, and Meetings related to Racism, Indigenous Peoples, and Hawaiian Sovereignty. He was the Co-Covener of the Racial Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches USA, and Executive Board Member of the the Native American Legal Rights Fund. He has also convened many forum and conventions on Hawaiian Governance and Sovereignty. In 1993 Dr. Patterson was the recipient of the Church of the Crossroads Martin Luther Jr.; the State of Hawaii Martin Luther King Jr. Award, and many other awards and recognitions for is work in reconciliation, Hawaiian Environmental and Social Justice, Peace and Nonviolence. Today Dr, Patterson is active in Prison and Criminal Justice Reform, as the Prison Chaplain of the Episcopal Churches of Hawaii.
Prof. Neelakanta Radhakrishnan sums up his extraordinarily eventful life and achievements: “A rare combination of intellectualism and activism, Prof. Radhakrishnan has distinguished in several fields. As an educator, administrator, founder of several educational institutions, author of over forty books, journalist, trainer of youth in nonviolence, theatre expert, actor, human right activist and researcher of folk arts, Prof. Radhakrishnan is an important source of inspiration to a number of innovative initiatives all over the world, especially in the field of training in nonviolence.
“Gandhi’s contribution to World Peace”
Dr. Reddy was born in Bangalore, India and is practicing dentistry in Whittier, California since 1983.
Dr. Reddy is the author of various books on national security and social/geo-political issues including, “Global Terrorists and Nuclear Threats to U.S. and Indian Democracies,” and “India’s Deadly Enemy – HIV/AIDS.”
He is also the Founder/President of the Indian American Friendship Council, which has served as a forum for promoting stronger ties between India and the U.S.A. Dr. Reddy was also the Chairman of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA). Dr. Reddy has served as President of Gandhi Peace Foundation in California.
Dr. Reddy has been awarded by President of India, H.K. Narayanan for his contribution to build stronger relations between U.S. and India, and for work on nuclear deals. U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkeley once stated, “Nobody exemplifies the relationship that India and the U.S. have better than Dr. Reddy.”
In fact, President Clinton and Barack Obama have acknowledged Dr. Reddy for his service and support. President George W. bush, in a statement issued on June 5th, 2002, recognized the importance of Dr. Reddy’s pivotal role and the work of the IAFC – “I commend IAFC members for celebrating the remarkable contributions of Indian Americans who play a significant role in the economic, cultural and civic life of our nation. I also applaud you for preserving your rich customs and traditions. Your efforts honor the ideals on which the United States was founded.” It is this very foundation of American ideals upon which Dr. Reddy has devoted his professional career and personal life promoting.
Dr. Reddy has been honored and recognized by various leaders of US and India, including Governor of North Carolina, Nicki Haley, Former Prime Ministers of India, Sri Dave Gowda, Narisimha Rao, Inder Kumar Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. International Red Cross organization also acknowledged Dr. Reddy for his outstanding services in the community.
Pramod Pandurang Sawant is an Indian politician who is the 11th and current Chief Minister of Goa. Sawant represents the Sanquelim constituency in the Goa Legislative Assembly and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is an Ayurveda Medical practitioner by profession. He was serving as the speaker of the Goa assembly before being sworn in as Chief Minister, after the death of the sitting chief minister Manohar Parrikar.Hon. Pramod Sawant, CM-Goa, India
“The Peace Diet”
President: Formally Designated a “Living Treasure” in 2006, Dr Terry Shintani is one of the youngest individuals to receive this designation. He is a unique physician-nutritionist-community health advocate and medical school professor. He has served the underserved and Native Hawaiian communities throughout his career with hundreds of programs and activities. One of his programs won the highest national award from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has been featured in News week, CBS This Morning, CNN News, Dateline NBC, and as of 1995, he appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a lawyer, he authored landmark legislation that legalized Native Hawaiian Healing practices so that it may be practiced and preserved. Currently, he serves as the Associate Chair of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and holds the following positions:
– Chair of the International Holistic Therapy Association.
– President of the Board of the Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing,
– Chair of the Advisory Board of the Gandhi International Institute for Peace,
– Prior of the Knights (Hospitaller) of the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory, Priory of Hawaii
– Clergy of the Elder’s Council of Traditional Hawaiian Healers.
Roger Sinha is a choreographer, dancer, artistic director and founder of the company Sinha Danse, as well as one of the pioneers in the field of contemporary dance inspired by non-western cultural practices in Canada. Over the course of his 30-year career, he created numerous distinctive and original creations and has received recognition and numerous awards. In various ways, his personal history set the scene for his artistic work and defined his signature choreographic style which he is known for throughout Canada and beyond.
Roger Sinha was born in London, UK, to an Armenian mother and an Indian father. When he was 8 years old, his family moved to Saskatoon in Canada where he grew up and received his early education. Late in his twenties, he discovered a passion for dancing and obtained a degree from the prestigious School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The young dancer decided to settle in Montreal where he quickly became involved in numerous collaborations within the blossoming local artistic community. Those were the years of the so-called nouvelle danse movement in Quebec and Roger Sinha had the chance to collaborate as a dancer with some of the big names of that time: Jean-Pierre Perreault, Hélène Blackburn, Sylvain Émard, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Daniel Soulières. Eventually, he became interested in developing his own work, which led him to establish his company Sinha Danse in 1991. His personal struggles related to questions of mixed cultural identities and the experiences of racism became central themes in his choreographic work.
Roger Sinha’s signature contemporary style was described as very athletic and dynamic, characterized by the precision and the explosive energy the martial arts and freely inspired by the sophisticated gestural aesthetic of Bharata Natyam. Throughout his long career, the choreographer remained determined to choose the road less traveled and experiment with different interdisciplinary approaches to dance by integrating into his choreographic work new technologies and interactive media (Zeros and Ones, 2008), poetry (Apricot Trees Exist, 2004), live music (Sunya, 2013), literature and theater (Burning Skin, 1995). In 2016, he decided to invite non-professional participants to join forces with professional dancers in his contemporary Bollywood ‘community choreo’ piece called Montre(olly)Wood! or MoW! and co-choreographed by Deepali Lindblom. Out of Bark and Bone is his most recent project, furthering the exploration of the use of live music and advanced sound technologies in contemporary dance.
“Gandhiji on Casting out Fear”
Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!
Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.
A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”
Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.
Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world, and brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center.
For Akari Ueoka, dance has become her lifeblood. According to her mother, she even danced in the womb. In elementary school, she learned a traditional Japanese sword dance called Minbu. In high school, she mainly did rhythmic gymnastics while studying various dance forms: jazz, modern, ballet, and hip-hop at the Suga Jazz Dance Studio in Kochi, Japan. She also studied Izanai Yosakoi dance under the guidance of the late Suga Kunitomo, a well-known choreographer/teacher in Japan.
Akari’s life changed forever in 2005 when she met Sarala Dandekar on Maui. After falling in love with Odissi, a classical Indian dance, Akari began her apprenticeship under Sarala’s guidance. In 2012, Akari had Manchapravesh, a debut ceremony, which marks the completion of formal training and initiates dancers’ further commitment to the art form.
Odissi is technically challenging and requires much patience and practice to improve. However, Akari’s love for Odissi has been steadily growing over the years. She traveled to India to study with Sarala’s teacher, Guru Jhelum Paranjape, and her senior disciples in 2013 and 2018.
She takes much pleasure in sharing this traditional and deeply spiritual art form.
Title of Akari’s performance: Mankiya Veena
Choreographed by the late Padmabhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Composed by the late Bhubaneshwar Mishra
Artistic Director of this 15th International Day of Non-violence and Mahatma Gandhi Day Celebration
Former Cirque du Soleil Performer and Artistic Director, Neelanthi Vadivel, heads operations at Still & Moving and leads the new division Hoa Hele Retreats.
After leading 3 world-renowned Cirque du Soleil productions to over 40 countries, Neelanthi hopes to share her experience “wrangling clowns”: Inspiring others to achieve personal and professional growth, through ongoing periods of instability and challenging environments, while balancing professional mandates with personal wellbeing.
Her interests lie in the discovery and understanding of all forms of movement and self-development, and how the body and mind can connect through a shared experience.
Her role at Hoa Hele Retreats is to draw on 20 plus years in the performing arts industry, to develop unique experiences that nurture personal growth through the mind and body arts.
By Renée Tillotson
Because of the current risks of speaking openly about the situation in Hong Kong, I have chosen to keep our honoree’s identity private. We want to thank the person for bravely shedding more light on the current situation in Hong Kong. The future of Hong Kong is shifting. Let us be the eyes that see and the heart that cares about what is happening to our brothers and sisters there.
Settling in for a heart-to-heart with my friend from Hong Kong, I ask about the challenges and courage required as Hong Kong undergoes a painful transition. It is a far reach from the Hong Kong of my friend’s youth. This caring soul speaks about how the changes crept up in their home country. Thinking about the freedoms lost, my friend cries.
All last year, I watched in admiration as hundreds of thousands of the people in Hong Kong stood up against the might of the Chinese communist government. So intrepid!
The British who had colonized Hong Kong, returned it to China in the 1997 “Hand-Off” agreement. The U.K. handed back Hong Kong to China, but with details stipulating that Hong Kong would remain separate from mainland China for 50 years: “Two systems, one country.” My friend reflects on how everyone lived quite prosperously in Hong Kong for many years with their free market and fairly autonomous government. Many people knew the changes would eventually come, but thought they had many more years to live in freedom. 1997 + 50 = 2047. So Hong Kong should enjoy another 27 years of running its own system of government.
In Hong Kong, the people call the Chinese government “Grandfather”, since it considers Hong Kong as one of its children. However, “Grandfather” became upset with Hong Kong for being too free; my friend suspects that the older generation of Communist leaders wanted to see Hong Kong back in the hands of mainland China in their lifetimes. China began eating away at Hong Kong’s liberties, first in small ways that could be ignored, and then in much larger ways. Education was gradually infiltrated and changed, books were banned, then artists were censored and restricted. Lawyers speaking for their clients came to be completely ignored by the judicial system.
When the Chinese wanted to enact the Extradition Law in 2019, the people of Hong Kong objected vociferously about being sent to mainland China for trial any time there was a court case. Who knows what might happen there? Huge protests erupted all over Hong Kong. Those protests were mostly peaceful, with a huge proportion of the young population involved, the sentiment was so strong. Parents, of course, were very worried about their children protesting, yet some parents actually joined their kids on the protest marches in support.
The Chinese started cracking down on anyone who spoke up against the Extradition Law. Eventually they brought out tear gas and huge water canons from fire trucks that would otherwise be used to put out fires on huge skyscrapers. They filled the water canon tanks with toxic blue ink and violently hosed the protesters. The marked protesters couldn’t just change out of their clothes and go back to work or school. And there remains a lot of concern over the blue ink being poisonous. The long term effects are still unknown. Many sprayed protesters have developed lung and breathing problems. Hong Kongers hear that some of the protesting girls were raped before or during incarceration. And the word on the street is that many of the protesters, most of them young, have disappeared. No one knows where they were taken or exactly how many, but it seems to be thousands.
The heavy hand of the Chinese government now looms over nearly every aspect of life in Hong Kong. Informants for Beijing are mixed in with the population, so that the people never know for sure whom they can trust. A citizen can be suddenly detained on the street or in their home for any reason, with no guarantee of a fair trial or any trial at all. Whole generations of Hong Kongers are at great risk. Many fear for the fate of the students and youth at large, who have grown up with such freedoms that make them a direct threat for the authoritarian Chinese regime.
People who want to protest are reduced to holding up blank white pieces of paper. It doesn’t look like much, but it shows Hong Kongers’ will to be free. Radio or TV stations owned by Hong Kongers were pretty much saying what they wanted to say about China for many years. Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon who owns Apple Daily and always spoke his mind freely, was arrested last month. Now his voice is muzzled too.
It’s very scary. What is going on now will affect an entire generation. Joshua Wong of Hong Kong University has been a huge activist leader. After he was charged in August 2020 for being at the Candlelight vigil for the 20 year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising, he reportedly left for England.
The artistic world has lost much of its freedom to speak. As “high profilers”, artists are some of the ones most in harm’s way. Corporations have to be careful not to offend the Chinese government or overstep their censorship, so they are very nervous about which artists to sponsor. A very brave young woman named Denise Ho is considered “The Voice of Hong Kong”. She spoke out against the Chinese government to the United Nations! She has recently been banned from mainland China for the rest of her lifetime, which is a huge problem for artists who make their living with gigs in both Hong Kong and China, yet she continues to speak up.
Nowadays, if a Hong Konger goes to mainland China, their cell phone can be confiscated at random to see what kind of pictures or information they might be giving to the mainlanders. Basically, there are eyes everywhere you go, looking at everything you do, and you have to tread very lightly.
Others who have spoken up against repression have been black-listed, and if they don’t have other kinds of passports they are not allowed to leave Hong Kong. It seems that those who wish to maintain their freedoms at this point have few options. The safest assurance of freedom is for people to leave Hong Kong and try to seek asylum in another country, though this is not always possible or easily done. And it’s always done at the price of forsaking one’s home and loved ones.
When I ask my friend what Hong Kong thinks of Americans, the answer is that people in Hong Kong still think of the USA and a place that is fairly free. From photos, I see that protesters sometimes wave American flags, expecting that the United States will eventually help them out. Hong Kong is still hoping to be a democracy.
By Sarah Hodges
Dreams often have a magical way of tucking themselves into our hearts and lifting us onto a new path, and with luck, lifting many others along the way. The Base Project, a company started by twin brothers Doug and Chris Akin, was born out of the brothers’ intent to have a meaningful impact while doing what they loved.
Having both spent many years working in advertising, the brothers felt disenchanted with the corporate structure. While Chris worked for AdWalls in Hawaii, Doug decided to take a year off from his position at MrYouth and pursue his passion for travel. During his travels, Doug witnessed the impact that seemingly small purchases had on artisans in the countries he visited. In some places, his purchase with $100 US dollars meant a month of food for the artist’s entire family. The brothers saw potential for a business that was exciting and gave back to people in a significant way, and could tell a story about what they were passionate about; travel, storytelling, connection, indigenous cultures, and sustainability to name a few. An idea arose.
The Akin brothers began seeking in under-developed countries for goods that inspired them and that could be shared with a larger market to extend the impact. During their search, Chris had been wearing a bracelet that kept getting attention. It had been gifted to him by a friend who bought it in Africa while serving in the Peace Corps. The brothers realized their first product was right under their noses, and it was just a matter of now finding the makers of this bracelet.
The search led them to Namibia, a country on the southwestern coast of Africa. Chris met Doug there, in hopes of tracking down the origins of this unique, up-cycled bracelet. They traveled across the country to some of the most remote villages and eventually found the artisans in Northern Namibia. Working together with the craftspeople, they brought to life The Base Project, where artisans with their bracelets could connect to the US fashion market, and gain a greater means for income.
Before traveling, Doug worked at a prominent marketing agency in New York City. His interest in doing something with a social mission grew into an intention to help empower others. It was no small decision to leave his career, and with that a significant income and partnership role in the successful youth marketing agency, to step out into the unknown. His secret: trusting that the net would appear! And with dedication and commitment to their vision, it did.
A lot of the artisans were very excited to work together. Crafting the up-cycled bracelets for The Base Project allowed them a more sizable, year-round income, which allowed them to send their children to school and repair structural issues in their homes. The Akin brothers remained true to their mission and created a platform that could extend the artisans’ business to a broader market, and potentially offer a more consistent livelihood.
With some of the profit, the brothers have been able to reinvest it back into the community. They traveled to Namibia to discuss with villagers the ways they could put the earnings back into the community. Though met with many differing opinions for what was most needed, they were able to come to a consensus and support the community infrastructure in ways such as fixing water reservoirs and assisting with healthcare.
As Americans, how much of our money goes directly into communities rather than large corporations? With the rise of Amazon and other large corporate structures, the amount can be surprisingly low. Doug talked about rethinking his global impact and how this brought him a big sense of purpose in helping others out. He shared, “The energy exchange felt really good. When I was traveling and would see something that I appreciated, being able to bring it home to someone who also found value in it and in its story brought me a lot of joy. There’s huge worth in having a deeper connection with what we buy, rather than just buying fast fashion.” A handcrafted piece has the power to evoke a sense of travel, culture, and curiosity.
In speaking with Doug, his passion for living a life of purpose and inspiration is palpable. Here’s his message to readers:
“Find something you’re passionate about and allow that to take hold and find its place in the world. Explore ways you can use your passion to help others. Look at how you can weave and bring happiness to others. Sometimes in this (Western) culture we can get stuck in trying to figure all the pieces out before we even start. Don’t get caught up in the details. You don’t know who is going to show up, or how people will respond, until you begin. And if you don’t do it you’ll never find out. By the action, by doing and giving, let the magic come as a result. Have a good intention and start with that.”
Imagine what impact you can have with a dream that sits quietly (or loudly), tucked in your heart, what intention you can choose that will give your dream wings and bring a light in someone else’s life along the way.
I’m wearing one of their bracelets myself, and it looks as if its made of hand-carved ivory. Unbelievably, one of their village craftspeople made it with a piece of aged PVC pipe that was no longer being used!!! How cool to be able to create treasures out of what would have otherwise been trash. Save the elephants and sustain the people!
Keep an eye out for new sourced-from-nature goods from the Base Project, as well as crowdfunding coming up in the next couple weeks to assist artisans effected by the current global pandemic. The mission – to keep empowering artisans and share a socially-conscious lifestyle.
By Marla Waal
These days I often feel a need to dial my nervous system down. I
recognize that staying in this frenzied state will eventually, or even
immediately, take a toll on my health. If I’m able to anchor into a
calm steady breath, my whole day could shift.
Close your eyes and imagine you are out on a calm body of water. It
could be a lake, river or ocean. Maybe you have a favourite place you
can recall? Picture yourself there in a simple row boat, canoe or
kayak. You could even be with a loved one. As you reach your paddle
forward, softly inhale without any urgency. Place your paddle in the
mirror-smoothe water and pull back in a long steady stroke. This is
your exhale. Pause your breathing as you imagine drawing your paddle
forward. Quiet, gentle inhale as you begin again. Continue this for
at least 10 breaths, soft, slow and quiet, almost invisible. Your
breathing, like your paddle leaves no mark.
When we ‘take a deep breath’, it’s often loud, labored and effortful.
This mimics our stress-breathing pattern and can keep us in our
already high stress state. As an experiment, try the ‘gentle rowing
breath’ and see which is more effective for you.
“A perfect man breathes as if he is not breathing.” – Lao Tzu
Wednesdays 4:45 – 5:45 pm (HST)
Starting September 9, 2020Sign up now!
Experience delight and exhilaration with Marnita’s bright, contagious energy in this uplifting dance class to move-your-body-now beats! Afro-Fusion blends dance styles and influences from the African Diaspora such as:
- Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae movement
- Afro Beat
- Afro Cuban Folklore
- House movement
The movement takes its lead from the compelling music and rhythm of House and AfroBeat music. This class takes you on a movement journey through a ground-centering warm up focusing on isolations and a series of stretches to wake up the hips and spine. Marnita then masterfully moves you through an irresistible, invigorating dance class, drawing her inspiration from the African Diaspora. You cool down with gentle stretches, centering and settling your nervous system and reflecting within, before you head out, refreshed and revitalized.
This class is a sure way to move the body, excite the soul, and bring love and joy to the heart!
As soon as Marnita’s stellar smile reaches you in class, you know you are in good hands. Marnita not only knows how to dance from her soul, she knows how to share it with the rest of us!
Hailing from the beautiful sunshine state of California, Marnita has immersed herself in the arts as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and performer for over 18 years. She has trained in dance from the African Diaspora, Hip Hop, House, and Modern movement. Continuing her journey, she moved to NYC and became a company member of Francine E. Ott/ The Walk and was a member of the all women Afro Brazilian Reggae Percussion Band called Batala.
With a Masters in Social Work Marnita heads into the schools to be of service. She also continues to seek out ways to combine her academic studies with her love and passion for dance. Her simple philosophy:“Educate, Motivate, and Inspire.” =)
Sundays 8:00 – 9:00 am (HST)
September 20 – October 16, 2020Sign up now!
Welcome to a journey in the experience of the Tao, often translated as the “Path”. In this five-week meditation series we will explore meditation for insight and inspiration as we sit with different passages from the Tao Te Ching. We will cover basic skills for mindfulness and develop our ability to practice a variation of insight meditation, as we are guided by the wisdom we derive from this ancient text.
Each week we will sit with several different translations of the same passage from the Tao Te Ching, giving ourselves time for each one to permeate into our awareness. We will sit for about 20 minutes of silent insight and reflection, and then we will have time for sharing and questions.
This meditation is suitable for all levels of skill. No prior experience is required. All welcome!
Week 1: Chapter 1
The Tao That is Spoken is Not the True Tao
Week 2: Chapter 11
The Absence at the Center of the Wheel Gives it Meaning
Week 3: TBD
Week 4: TBD
Week 5: TBD
Miku is deeply passionate about living in harmony with the self, others and all beings. She truly believes that each one of us contains the seeds of wisdom for the universe and the true purpose of being a teacher is to help guide each person to access the wisdom they already hold within themselves.
An experienced meditation practitioner and circle facilitator, Miku was raised in a mindfulness tradition and has trained with Dr. Eric Carroll at the Center for Vibrant Living for the past 8 years. She has guided weekly meditation, movement, and community dialogue circles since 2013 and facilitated a number of workshops in the greater Seattle area over the years most recently including Soulshine, Songaia, and Star Community. She has also presented mindfulness, yoga, and movement offerings at festivals and gatherings such as Beloved, Flowstate and the Northwest Permaculture Convergence.
Wednesday 5:45 – 7:00 pm (HST)
Starts August 19, 2020Sign up now!
75 minutes of Vinyasa flow inspired by the loving and devotional practice of bhakti. All the traditional practices of Vinyasa yoga flow through breath and movement, to connect the mind and spirit to body. Diana creatively sequences movement to release from any pain and trauma stored in our physical bodies, so that we may gain greater access to our own loving devotional practices, or our sense of purpose, both on and off the mat. As the path of devotion, bhakti is the heart’s reach towards the Divine – divine love, divine power, grace – however we may conceive of it.
Diana provides monthly themes around a classical deity as an archetype for the human condition, allowing us to see more clearly both our shadow nature and ourselves as beings of light with the opportunity to heal, giving and receiving love. We open and close class with sacred texts, mantra, or invocation to deities with the sweet sounds of the harmonium, calling out to our higher selves.
All levels welcome.
Diana is an Oahu-based yoga instructor whose practice is inspired by her trainings and time living in San Francisco, New York, and Bali. After working for over 15 years in the fast-paced fashion industry, Diana returns home to realign to her life’s work of being in service – as a yoga instructor and professional herbalist. As an herbalist, Diana grounds her yoga teaching of movement, mantra, and breath work, with the ancient, holistic “whole-body” healing systems of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda – traditions which go back over thousands of years. She effectively incorporates movement, breath, Bhakti song and chant to release trauma, grief, and anxiety stored in our physical bodies.
Yoga is medicine, and our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves when we unite the mind and body. As a surfer, Diana yokes herself in devotion to the great Universe and the Divine, finding that in the constantly changing tides and moon cycles that we are a small part of something far bigger than ourselves. Surfing and yoga have always offered her this single pointed focus, Oneness, presence and meditative quality.
Diana’s classes challenge you physically, and invite you to soften, create openings and intuitive flow states for healing, new beginnings, and creativity. Our life can flow effortlessly when we step out of the way and surrender to that which cannot be explained in our analytical minds.
Continually cycling from student to teacher and back to student, Diana offers gratitude to the teachers who have influenced her practice:
2012 Yoga Works Bali 200 hour teacher training Teachers: Alicia Chung and Oliver Reinsch
2013 OnBoard SUP Yoga 30 hours Teacher: Leigh Claxton
2019 Janet Stone Yoga 300 hour teacher training Teachers: Janet Stone, Harvey Deutch, Nat Kendall, Sita Devi, Girish, and Mark Haviland
East West School of Planetary Herbology: Michael and Lesley Tierra combining Western Herbology, Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Instructions for getting to the online class:
- Kindly sign up for your live online class at https://www.stillandmovingcenter.com/schedule/ . One hour before class, our desk staff will email you a link to your class on Zoom.
- Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are new to Zoom.
- Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.