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Na Kupuna
In Hawaii, our beloved kupuna (elders) have given us gems in traditional Hawaiian values and healing arts. Some of my favorites are:

Anty Margaret
Aunty Margaret Machado taught "loving touch"

The late Aunty Margaret was licensed in 1965 and has taught thousands of students Massage, Ho'oponopono (forgiveness), Prayer, and Internal Cleansing. Aunty Margaret was a master at healing the soul as well as unconditional love. She has blessed and forever changed countless lives. She passed away in Kona on December 28, 2009, at the age of 93. Now her daughter Nerita and her many students continue her teachings.

Pali Jae Lee, Author and Historian

The late Pali Jae Lee wrote Tales of the Night Rainbow and Ho'opono, two delightful presentations of the legends and stories of Molokai and old Hawaii wisdom. Pali 'walked the rainbow' to join husband Koko and her ancestors in March, 2009. I am honored to have been chosen to edit and publish her last book "Ho'opono"..

Uncle Kalua Kaiahua loved to sing and laugh

Although Uncle left us on August 3, 2000, he still lives in the hearts of those who knew him.  Always smiling, he taught many his healing ways with humor, love, and la'au lapa'au (herbal medicine). He spent his last years on Maui, where hundreds of people flocked to his home for some of his abundant aloha.

Papa Henry Auwae
The famous herbalist Papa Henry Auwae at a Waimanalo conference October 2000.

A true master in the medicinal use of Hawaiian herbs, Papa was a consultant for many physicians and well as the many friends and residents here in Hawaii. His hands had a magic touch that was both strong and gentle.  
He died on Dec. 31, 2000.

uncle robert

Kalapana's beloved Uncle Robert Keliihoomalu radiates with Hawaiian soul. 

A holy man who also loves to party, he spends his time growing herbs and vegetables, playing slack key guitar, taking people to the lava flows, and enjoying his eleven children and many mo'opuna (grandchildren). A Noble in the reinstated lawful government, he stays busy educating people about the true Nation of Hawaii.

aunty mary fragas

Hilo's Aunty Mary Fragas knows the power of prayer. 

Partially crippled by polio as a child, Aunty works on her patients on a mat on the floor. She is a specialist in assisting pregnant women, and has exceptional skills in palpation and intuition. She begins each day and each massage with prayer. Her sweet personality is genuine and refreshing.

Papa K 
Papa Sylvester Kepelino offering a ho'okupu to Tutu Pele at the Volcanoes

A former Las Vegas chef, Papa loved to sing Hawaiian songs and share aloha with his many friends and students. In this photo, taken by Nancy, he is standing at a steam vent in the National Park. He passed away in August, 2008.

Papa K 
Mahealani Kuamo'o-Henry and Uncle Kamo'i live a very pono life.

When they are not playing ukulele or doing blessings, the "Aloha Spirit Aunty" and her husband are teaching a very special version of Ho'opono pono ke ala (making right more right).

In addition to these elders,
there are many other kumu and special wisdom keepers teaching today, including:

Makaala Makaala
Maka'ala Yates

is a physician and licensed chiropractor, and specializes in clinical lomi. He teaches joint mobilisation, internal cleansing, spa and hot 'ili'ili (stone massage), 'oli (chants), and how to build Hawaiian sweat lodges for purification of body and spirit.

Leina'ala Brown-Dombrigues

lives in Volcano and comes from a long line of healers of the Lono tradition. She is a licensed massage therapist with a special touch, and is a master in hula and chanting as well.

Dane Kaohelani Silva

was also born and raised on the Big Island, Dr. Dane has taught many students over his long career. He operated a massage school in Hilo, and then received his chiropractic license in California. He and his wife Pam have now opened a healing center in Pahoa.

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