A peek into the past

Tracey Lakainapali

Sharing Hawaiian healing practices and spirituality

Australian and Hawaiian-at-Heart, Tracey founded Aloha Rainbows. She has taught for decades and studied Hawaiian healing practices, lomilomi, hula, chanting, philosophy and culture with numerous teachers: Advanced Lomilomi and Kahi Loa massage with Serge Kahili King and Susan Pa’iniu Floyd of Aloha International, Kumu ‘Elele o Na Kupuna Anake’ (Aunty) Mahealani Kuamo’o-Henry, Kumu Hula Neaulani Kuamo’o- Peck, Aunty Mary Fragas, Loea Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett, Kaipo Kaneakua, Papa K Kepelino, Alva Andrews, Kelii Tau’a, John Keola Lake, kumu Hula Raylene Lancaster, Kanoelani Davis, Lawrence Aki, Jeana Iwalani Naluai, and Nancy Kahalewai. “I remain a forever haumana (student) and continue my journey of aloha and pono.”

Maka'ala Yates

Bringing the Healer Back to Every Family

Dr. Maka’ala Yates D.C., is a Kanaka Maoli (of Hawaiian Ancestry) who grew up in Kona and now practices in Arizona. He specializes in Hawaiian medicine. His studies began at the age of 6. He has been teaching Hawaiian medicine, culture and lomilomi for 35 years. He is the founder of Mana Lomi®.and Indigenous Botanicals. Maka’ala received the Kaonohi Award in 2005 for his excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is author of “Na’auao Ola Hawaii:Hawaiian Practices and Principles of Being Well” (available on Amazon).

Aunty Mary Fragas

One of the late elders who taught our students in Hilo.

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.

Mahealani Kuamo'o Henry

Fondly remembered as the Aloha Spirit Aunty

Aunty was a Kumu ‘Elele (messenger from the ancestors) who taught Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala that is the belief system and method for “making right more right, the path.” This ancient form of Ho’oponopono is rooted in the Aloha Spirit rather than of the Western adaptation for “conflict resolution” and goes much deeper than “forgiveness.” It teaches us how to recognize and accept self-greatness and our indwelling spirit essence to experience being pono moment-by-moment in all areas of one’s life and relationships. (pictured here on left with La’akea)

Uncle Robert Keliihoomalu

A legend who embodied the Aloha Spirit.

Robert Sr. 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, internal sea water cleanses, and Ho’oponopono as far back as the 1970s.

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.

Dane Kaohelani Silva

Kauka (Doctor) Dane was a la'au lapa'au and lomilomi teacher

Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva was the inspiring force behind the creation of the Earth Medicine Institute in Puna. A long-time teacher of Hawaiian lomilomi and wellness concepts, his Long Life model of healing is based on the relationships between individuals, Akua (creator) and the environment (nature). Lokahi, or a balanced relationship between those three aspects of ola (life force), is the desired outcome in our daily lives. The accumulation and use of mana (concentrated life force or spiritual power) is essential for the healing process.