Big Island Massage

Massage Trainings on Hawaii Island since 1982

Big Island Massage became the trade name of the Sports and Lomilomi bodywork techniques that Nancy S Kahalewai, LMT, and her team delivered to hundreds of students and clients for decades in classrooms and clinics in both Kona and Hilo (1982-2003). Graduates went on to get their own therapeutic massage licenses, open their own clinics, and some wrote books or became teachers and coaches before Nancy immigrated to Aotearoa NZ to teach the NZ National Certification & Diploma in Massage (2007-2015). Over the years, Nancy wrote several books on Hawaiian Lomilomi massage and published a set of DVDs, which incorporate many facets of natural healing including living aloha, restoring balance to one’s life, the gift of forgiveness, the use of plant medicines, and staying pono or “right” (spiritually aligned) within yourself and relationships with everything and everyone, moment by moment.

Nancy was inducted into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame in 2013.

Nancy's 3rd Edition Lomi eBook!

Hawaiian Lomilomi – Big Island Massage (3rd Edition) by Nancy Kahalewai. Discover how lomi lomi can bring the feeling of Aloha into your world! This is a newly updated and revised edition of Kahalewai’s Hawaiian Lomilomi: Big Island Massage, the 2nd Ed that was published in 2005. Richly illustrated with color photos, this edition is not available in any other form. Perfect for the professional therapist or for anyone desiring to learn more about loving touch and spiritual ideas of the Hawaiian culture!

Lomi Lomi Videos

We are delighted to offer you our Lomi Lomi Videos – a Lomi Training DVD set called “Hawaiian Lomilomi – Big Island Massage”. Our Lomi Lomi videos are delivered to you on high quality DVDs and comprise a two-part lomi training series that covers all of the techniques and principles that you’ll need to deliver an authentic full-body Lomilomi massage, as well as the Hawaiian values and interviews with the elders who contributed to them. In 2023, look for a streaming link for those of you who do not prefer to watch DVDs.


Traditional Lomilomi

Following the traditional practices of the Hawaiian healing arts, Lomi is a lifestyle as well as massage that includes your spiritual essence.

Continuing Education

Study advanced techniques designed to restore injuries and chronic conditions, and earn NCBTMB provider-approved CEUs.

Spa Aromatherapy

Using the finest medical-grade essential oils, spa techniques are applied with hot stones and hydrotherapy for deep results.

To arrange a massage session or class in any of these techniques, contact Nancy by
or text: +1 (808) 987-2036

COMING SOON! Nancy's new book, due out in late 2023

Nancy’s new book is a captivating story of decades of adventures on the Big Island as she trained for the journey that is lomilomi. Based on a true story, it is infused with travels into valleys and up mountains and everywhere in between as she met and learned from amazing elders, gifted healers, and a few tricksters along the way. Rich with lessons and humor, it is ultimately the story of discovering one’s heart and soul along the healing path of blossoming into the depth and transformative world of lomilomi.

Nancy's Bio

Aloha kakou! My name is Nancy Kahalewai.
I am a published author and longtime licensed massage practitioner and teacher. I taught massage therapy on the Big Island of Hawaii from 1981 through 2006. During this time I founded two massage schools in Hawaii, and co-directed the first finish line massage team for Kona’s Ironman Triathlon. My specialties are foot reflexology, sport massage, aromatherapy, and Hawaiian Lomilomi. In 2000 and 2005, I published my books on Hawaiian Lomilomi—Big Island Massage and founded Island Moonlight, a publishing company specializing in print-on-demand books. I helped edit and publish books for some of my teachers and a few of my students until moving to New Zealand. In Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, NZ, I taught the Certificate of Relaxation Massage and the Diploma of Therapeutic Massage from 2007 until 2014.

After studying Sustainable Horticulture in 2015, I returned back to Hawaii in 2016 to teach Hawaiian lomilomi and ventured to the US Mainland to teach clinical massage and attend my Induction Ceremony into the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame. In 2017, I attended a Certified Nurse Assistant course in Hawaii, adding private elder caregiving to my massage services.

I am now finishing my next books and producing a few new online courses on: How to Write and Publish your Memoirs, Everyday Anatomy – An owner’s guide to the human body, Principles of Assessment and Treatments – for hands-on therapists, and Safely Caring for our Elders and Disabled – a Guide for Home Care. In 2023, in Volcano (Big Island of Hawaii) I am also offering private lomi spa sessions, book coaching and editing, CEU and apprentice trainings and educational retreats that are State DCCA and USA NCBTMB provider-approved. In the works are some ACE courses in Gisborne, NZ, so stay tuned!!

The revised Hawaiian Lomilomi 3rd Edition is available in eBook pdf format, and available on this site, as are my two DVDs. Join my AWeber mailing list, and you’ll get access to a collection of my short writings and some cool free lomilomi massage videos, as well as much more.

It is my great joy to share these teachings with you, as given to me from my own Hawaiian teachers and mentors, and to help you to further your understanding of traditional Lomi Lomi massage and healing concepts. They will give you insights to deeply transform your life. It is truly the Aloha Spirit in Motion!

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