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5 Sundays: May 19 to June 16, 2019

5 – 8 pm

Price: $395 + $75 materials fee

Plus: Summer Solstice Dawn Hi’uwai, Ocean Cleansing June 22

Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to malia@stillandmovingcenter.com  to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo!

 

Hawaiian lomilomi massage is unique in all of the ways that Hawai’i is unique.  Lomilomi acknowledges and appreciates the influence of Hawaii’s natural environment on its healing practices. This training provides a foundation in lomilomi that is appropriate for use in a spa setting or within the family. 

Malia introduces bodywork in the first lesson, so look forward to giving and receiving massage in every session! Each weekly session builds upon the last so that lessons and themes are intertwined.

Topics in the training include, but are not limited to, Hawaiian terminology for the course, opening and closing protocols, palpation, using the bones as guides, and body systems found in nature. To complement the lomilomi massage techniques, students also learn relevant components of oli (chanting), hula (dance), pule (prayer) and ‘olelo (language). Lei-making develops skills in the hands and fingers and illustrates the importance of a firm yet sensitive touch. Students will also learn the significance of the moon throughout this training.

This particular lomilomi training, entitled “Moving through Space”, focuses on the skeletal system and the movement of bones in lomilomi treatments and hula.

This “Moving Through Space” lomilomi massage training is one of 8 complementary training programs, each 16 hours long. As a whole, her 8 complementary programs, each with its own focus, provide 128 hours of training that comprises her full culturally-based approach to lomilomi massage. Malia will give this current training over a period of 5 Sundays.

Participants will delight in a final activity of a Summer Solstice Dawan Hi’uwai: ocean cleansing on June 22.

Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā

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.

 

 

In English and Japanese

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Thursday, May 16 to Saturday, May 18

9 am to 5  pm

$470

For hula teachers, this 3-Day immersion will deepen your connections to the foundations of hula and enhance your hula teaching skills. It may also qualify you for further mentoring under Kumu Malia.

Over 3 full days, experience many components of the revered Hawaiian hula tradition. Dance, oli, Hawaiian language, ceremony, lei-making, connection to nature, history and culture lessons as well as visits to sacred sites make up this immersive experience. Create a true connection with the heart of aloha and the land of Hawaii through its unique traditional dance.

Schedule:

Thursday 
Session 1 – Opening ceremony, morning lesson with hula choreography
Session 2 – Afternoon lesson with hula choreography
Friday 
Session 3 – Morning lesson with lei making
Public hula classes
Saturday 
Session 4 – Morning site visit
Session 5 – Afternoon lesson with video documentation, photos and closing ceremony

Minimum 5 participants

For all-inclusive retreat options, including accommodations and meals, please go to: www.hoaheleretreats.com


Kumu Malia Helela’s 2 year Hula Mentorship Program

This 3-day intensive can be taken as a springboard to a 2 year mentorship program. Throughout this immersion, Kumu Malia will assess with students their suitability and interest in enrollment for her 2 year mentorship. All applicants will be required to send a letter explaining their hula experience and the reasons they are interested in the program.

Starting in the fall of 2019, Kumu Malia will teach installments of the mentorship program twice a year, in the Autumn and the Spring – usually near the March and September equinoxes. In addition to deeper training in hula and Hawaiian culture, Kumu Malia will help mentees to discover Hawaiian names for themselves.  If they already have a Hawaiian name, she will explore deeper meanings behind their names.

Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā

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.

 

In English and Japanese

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Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16

9 am-5 pm

$470

Whether you are a novice or an established dancer, Kumu Malia’s guidance will encourage full immersion in the cultural background, techniques, inspiration and foundations of the much-admired Hawaiian hula.  Create a true connection with the heart of aloha and the land of Hawaii through its unique traditional dance. No prior hula experience necessary.

Minimum 5 participants

For all-inclusive retreat options, including accommodations and meals, please go to: www.hoaheleretreats.com

Create a true connection with the land through Hawaii’s art and beauty. Over 3 full days, experience the many components that make up the revered Hawaiian hula: Hula, oli, language, ceremony, lei making, culture lessons and site visits make up this immersive experience.

Schedule:

Thursday
Session 1 – Morning lesson
Session 2 – Afternoon lesson
Friday
Session 3 – Morning lesson with lei making
Join public hula lessons
Saturday
Session 4 – Morning site visit and lesson
Session 5 – Afternoon lesson with video documentation, photos and closing ceremony

Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā

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.

 

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1-9 sessions                                   60 min Price $85/each

10 session pack                            60 min Price: $650

Please Note: Hula Privates are discounted for Halau members

Private hula lessons are tailored to individual students needs. Sessions begin with an assessment and lesson plan. At the discretion of the kumu, portions of the lesson may be taped for home study.

Kumu Mālia has helped a number of brides and bridesmaids prepare to confidently dance a simple, elegant hula at a wedding or wedding reception. Dancers have even scheduled private instruction to do hula at memorial services or to chant a Hawaiian oli at a blessing ceremony. 

Mālia Helelā

Kumu Malia Helela strives to live a life of grace. Having received and given massage since childhood, Mālia 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 and has spent the last twenty years giving massage professionally.  Mālia is an active member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, a school of lomilomi and Hawaiian healing practices founded by Keola Chan. In the last three years, Mālia has been training students herself in the art of giving lomilomi massage in 16 hour intensive trainings.

Mālia says her hula practice and lomilomi practice are the same in many ways. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration. Completing her uniki under Kumu Hula Puluelo Park in 2002, she 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 Keola Lake. Her halau (school of hula), named Na Hula Ola Aloha, meets at Still & Moving Center.

 

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Students are introduced to 2 instruments in this series. They dance with an ipu (gourd) and puʻili (split bamboo). Kumu Malia also includes classic hula dances using the hands only. Keiki will have an opportunity to perform on Monday, Labor Day, September 3rd 4-5 pm..

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Price: $75

 

  • Beginning 3-6 year olds

Sundays 8:30-9:15 am

  • Continuing 4-6 year olds

Sundays 9:30-10:15 am

  • 7-12 year olds

Sundays 10:30-11:30 am

 

Reserve your spot! Implements are not included in the series. Please contact Kumu Malia for information about where you can purchase implements malia@stillandmovingcenter.com

Fall series starting September 2.

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In a sorely troubled world, we dance for peace with the love of aloha and grace of hula. Inspired by the natural ideals of motherhood, we embody protection, nurture and care for others.

Our dances include “Makalapua”, written in honor of our last queen, Lili’uokalani, who strove for peace, and “Maunaleo”, written by Keali’i Reichel for his mother.

 

Regular class payments: Memberships, Class packs, Drop-ins $17 online, $20 in person

Participants who register online for the class 24 hours in advance receive a lei.

 

 

‘All good things are worth waiting for,’ is a maxim I’ve seen unfold many times in my life. Hah! After 61 going on 62 years, I guess I’ve had a lot of opportunities!

Doris Morisaki is one of those people I’ve always seen as outlandishly talented. And yet she’s been on her own time line in terms of unfolding some of her many talents. That’s OK; learning to move in Natural Time is one of the important teachings in Nia.

Doris and I were both Nia students of the same teacher, Kiwi Heilman, who first brought Nia to Oahu and who encouraged me to take my Nia White Belt training. I took it  in 2003 and began teaching. A year or two later I collected students and brought an official Nia trainer to the island. Doris was in the graduating group of that first White Belt I ever produced, and she was oozing with teaching potential and artistic skill.

The training, however, was a bit stressful for her, due to the personality of that particular trainer. Moreover, she was completely devoted to the daily care of her young son, Josh, a preschooler at the time. I encouraged Doris to begin teaching Nia, and she very politely – and FIRMLY – declined and continued to take class as a student. Eventually, there were a few times over the years when I was running late for class that I called Doris and she kindly agreed to play some music and do a bit of warmup movement with the students. It made her nervous.

I continued to produce Nia trainings, even bringing the Founder of Nia – Debbie Rosas – from Portland to Honolulu to give some of the trainings. Doris would happily attend the trainers’ public classes, but she always refused to take any of the trainings.

On September 6, 2013, Doris came to her first hula class at Still & Moving Center with our kumu hula, Mālia Helelā. I think that was a real turning point. She immediately was hooked and became a regular student of hula in addition to Nia. Josh was in middle school by this time, and we were now getting to see a lot of Doris on the dance floor!

As her hula skills advanced, so did her confidence in Nia. One day she came to my class very excited about hearing a song on the car radio that inspired her to create some choreography to it. She hadn’t actually DANCED it yet, except in her head while driving. So she and I found time to play the song and try out her moves. With a little extra listening to the song, finding the verse, the chorus, and the solo sections, we were able to nicely fit her choreography to the music. That’s what Nia TEACHERS do…just sayin’.

We spent a couple months practicing her song privately, until it was a well-polished little gem. How could we keep a jewel like that hidden?!? After some coaxing, Doris agreed to lead my Nia class for three and a half minutes with her newly choreographed piece.

Turns out, Doris is a self-admitted showboat. Once she put on the head mic she could hear her voice fill the room, which was thrilling. She had a great little song by Taylor Swift to teach and she did it beautifully. My buttons were bursting with pride!

Meanwhile, over on the hula side, Doris was making her way more to the front center of the hula ‘auana class, where her ability to memorize choreography was making itself known. Once the teacher starts stepping to the side and allowing students to dance on their own, all eyes begin looking for the fellow student most like to remember the steps….and that turned out to be Doris!

Josh entered high school last year. Doris, it seems, had a secret bucket list item that she prepared herself to accomplish. One night she and her husband Mark attended a concert by the local band Na Leo. Doris waited to see whether see they would play one of her favorites, “Waikiki”. Confident in the choreography that she had learned from Kumu Mālia, Doris actually stood up from the audience and made her way to the stage when the first notes of the song came on. For those of you readers who are not from Hawaii, it is a well-loved tradition of the islands, people share the hula they know when the musicians share the music. So there goes Doris, in front of several hundred people, dancing her first solo performance, unannounced. How I wish I had had a seat in the audience to cheer her on. Evidently the band played at half the speed Doris was used to, so she danced the entire hula in slow-mo. Wow! I can only imagine the crowd applauding wildly as she left the stage!

At least I did see Doris perform hula with Kumu Malia a couple months ago in front of three thousand people in a Waikiki hotel ballroom for the Transpac celebration. That was impressive.

Back on the Nia side, Doris had been cautiously watching all of the trainers that I brought to the island. She finally felt safe enough with Winalee Zeeb to take her Blue Belt training in February this year, more than a decade after taking her White Belt training. And she even began subbing Nia classes.  

We’re not done yet. There are a lot more Nia belt levels for Doris to take, and she has yet to offer a regular class of her own. In hula, she has also begun subbing and students devoted to Kumu Malia actually agree to dance with Doris! So far, she is learning modern hula, ‘auana, and has yet to dance the ancient hula, kahiko. The future is ripe with possibilities. Now that Josh is driving his own car and pretty self-sufficient, who knows where Doris will go, in her own time?

All I know is that it’s been well-worth the wait to see our ‘late-bloomer’ begin to blossom! Doris has taught me a lot about living in Natural Time.

Gandhi statue in Kapiolani Park, beachside of the zoo

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

FREE. Everyone is welcome. If possible, wear white as a symbol of peace.

Free parking at the Waikiki Shell and metered parking at the zoo.

The Gandhi International Institute for Peace cordially invites you to celebrate the 148th birthday of one of the world’s great leaders, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. As a pioneer of Satyagraha (true resistance) through vast, nonviolent civil disobedience, he became one of the most important political and spiritual leaders of his time. The event includes an interfaith plea for world peace, multicultural dances, and music by the Royal Hawaiian Band. Hawaii is the first state to proclaim October 2 as “Mahatma Gandhi Day.”

http://www.gandhianpeace.com/events.html

Our wonderful Kumu Mālia Helelā and her hula halau – Nā Hula Ola Aloha will perform a special hula at the Annual Gandhi Birthday Celebration on October 2 in Kapiolani Park.

This Hula Pahu (hula performed with drum) titled Ka’ala was written and choreographed by Kumu Mālia and is presented as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Mount Ka’ala is the highest peak on O’ahu and is a symbol of a solid and steadfast character. It’s calm and peaceful presence provides shelter to the island of Oahu.  Ka’ala is also used in Hawaiian poetry as an example of excellence, high ideals, and nobility. Mahatma Gandhi embodied the qualities of Mount Ka’ala – he was peaceful, yet solid as a mountain. His utmost determination and steadfast progression towards his visionary goals made him so charismatic that thousands of people followed him. The song also references the birds Kaiona – a Hawaiian goddess who had the power to send her birds to guide lost travelers back to the proper path.  Kumu Malia feels that the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi serves a similar role, with his actions and teachings guiding us to the path of steadfast nonviolence.

Our own dance teacher Miss Willow Chang and her Bollywood Hawaii troupe will be performing for the tenth time at this annual event!

 

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Pre Nia White Belt Event.
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!
Experience a uniquely Hawaiian perspective to visiting sacred spaces with native Hawaiian practitioner Malia Helela, who is also a Nia Blue Belt. Learn hula and flower lei making at beautiful Waimea Valley on O’ahu’s North Shore! Learn to appreciate aspects of nature that you might never notice on your own. See Hawaii with new eyes.
“Ask permission and give thanks – that was the Hawaiian protocol that extended into every aspect of life in nature.” – Nana Veary
The day begins with making our first lei with a native ti leaf. We offer this lei at a Hawaiian place of worship, Hale o Lono Heiau, asking permission to enter the valley. A sense of welcome arises from creating a personal relationship with a place. Carry that perspective forward in your life.
A lei symbolizes life, with beautiful memories and loved ones strung together like flowers in a lei. Weaving our way through Waimea Valley, a traditional home of priests in ancient times, we honor our role as the string that holds the beautiful moments of our lives together. At the boundary between common and priestly land, Malia will offer a chant in Hawaiian to state our peaceful intentions.
On the Great Lawn, we will settle in for a morning of instruction. As an experienced and encouraging kumu hula (hula teacher), Malia will teach even people with two left feet to dance with confidence and grace. You will dance holding the lei kui (lei of flowers) that you strung with your own hands.
As part of our closing ceremony, we will gather in the face of Waimea Falls to weave a single lei hipu’u as an offering of our thanks. Any interested person is welcome to join Kumu Malia in swimming the lei out to the waterfall. Safety is assured with the presence of City & County Lifeguards.
Activities include lei making, hula lesson, lecture, ¾ mile walk to Waimea Falls, gift and closing ceremony. After the workshop, participants are welcome to keep their flower lei or release them into the ocean.
Be sure to also catch Kumu Malia’s Equinox Ocean Clensing at Sunrise Event!

 With Still & Moving Center Teaching Staff

9-11 am

FREE!

Join our Bon Voyage Superclass! Five movement practices – for 20 minutes each. Wow! It’s the perfect way to get excited about healthy habits for the whole you. 2 hours of conscious fitness instruction free of charge! What a fabulous, embodied way to celebrate a vibrant summer!

Your mini-class options will include: Turkish Belly Dance, Aerial Hammock (French), Yoga (Indian), Pilates (German), Hula (Hawaiian), Nia (international mix), Foam Rolling (American), and more!

The Passport to Health is a 2 month challenge. You take an international range of classes with teachers from different countries. For each class you earn a flag of one nation. Launch your Passport to Health adventure with 5 flags in one day by attending the Bon Voyage Super Class!

When you sign up for a Passport to Health, Still & Moving Center will contribute $1 to Hoʻōla Nā Pua for every class you take between July 4 and September 3. This amazing, compassionate organization, Hoʻōla Nā Pua, recently featured on Hawaii Five-O, helps to heal, educate and re-integrate young girls in our community who have been the victims of sex-trafficking.

 


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