A peek into the past

Aunty Mary Fragas

One of many elders who taught our students.

Aunty Mary was inspirational to all. She contracted polio in school in Honoka’a as a child, and it left her legs crippled. But her healing gifts and loving heart kept inspiring her. She learned to do lomi on the floor, and became very skilled in assisting pregnant woman … even gently turning breech babies. Her secret was to lomi them while they were ‘on all fours’ thus the baby was floating and easy to turn.

Uncle Robert Keliihoomalu

A legend who embodied the Aloha Spirit.

Uncle Robert was born and raised in Kalapana at the famous black sand beach. His family homestead in Kaimu escaped the huge, devastating lava flows of the 1990s that buried most of Kalapana fishing village. He raised eleven children and dozens of mo’opuna over the decades, and later his home became a gathering place for the community and beyond. A Noble of the Lawful Hawaiian Government, he was beloved by thousands who were lucky enough to know him.

Overlooking the Kona Coast

Inspirational moments and powerful pohaku (stones).

The Kona (leeward) side of the Big Island has long been the land of legends … from the demise of Captain Cook to the stories of the famous ‘Night Marchers’. Gorgeous sunsets bless this land of coffee and macadamia farms today, and it was the home of of the famous Aunty Margaret Machado, a pioneer in Hawaiian Lomilomi and Ho ‘opono pono.

Wisdom Keepers

Bringing their cultural gifts and stories.

Wisdom keepers share their skills with students of all ages, like kumu hula Lani Petranek. The Aloha Spirit is all about sharing and caring! Through the hula and Hawaiian language, songs, chants and stories, the culture retains it longevity and mana for generations to come.