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SOME of my FAVORITE  BOOKS
on HAWAIIAN HEALING & CULTURE

Many books  on healing and on Hawaiian culture have helped me to develop my skills and sensitivity as a healer, a massage practitioner and a lomilomi practitioner.  What a wealth of inspiration and information is contained within the covers of these books! I hope that you will love and benefit from them as I have.

Many books  on healing and on Hawaiian culture have helped me to develop my skills and sensitivity as a healer, a massage practitioner and a lomilomi practitioner.  What a wealth of inspiration and information is contained within the covers of these books! I hope that you will love and benefit from them as I have.

 

biographies by & about Hawaiian healerS

Change We Must, My Spiritual Journey by Nana Veary
I have read this autobiographical book repeatedly.  It's full of love and wisdom, and I return to it whenever I need a reminder to ground me in love.
Click here to read more about Change We Must.



Clouds of Memories
by Mona Kahele
Clouds of Memories is Mona Kahele's story.  Mona was a native Hawiaian community leader who began writing as a child and continued throughout her life, documenting her own life story as well as rich cultural and historical information.  This is a juicy book to read, a real delight!!  
Click here to read more about Clouds of Memory.


Voices of Wisdom: Hawaiian Elders Speak by MJ Harden with photography by Steve Brinkman
I especially love this book and go back to it over and over again.  It contains magazine length articles about 24 Hawaiian elders, complete with marvelous photos.  The author personally interviewed each of the highlighted elders.  http://www.lomilomi-massage.org/book-voices-of-wisdom.html

The book is divided into these eight sections: nature, spiritually and healing, preservation and history, activism, dance-chant-geneology-music, arts and crafts, canoe and the next generation.  One of the highlighted elders  is Aunty Margaret Machalo, from whose lineage Mana Lomi┬« developed.

Click here to read more about Voices of Wisdom.


A Hawaiian Life by George Kahumoku Jr.
This autobiographical book tells the story of his healing.  A 125 page book, it's a fun, warm and easy read book.

 

books about lomilomi

Hawaiian Lomilomi Big Island Massage, by Nancy Kahalewai
I have used this book as a foundation text book for lomilomi classes I have taught in massage schools.  It's written in an easy to read manner and is a wonderful introduction to the history of traditional lomilomi from the Big Island and to Hawaiian concepts related to our bodies, health and healing.   I also appreciate the chapter introducing the many well known and revered Hawaiian healers of the past 50 years.  Finally, this book has an interesting final chapter discussing the introduction and development of Temple style lomi.

Click here to read more about Hawaiian Lomilomi, Big Island Massage.


Wise Secrets of Aloha by Harry Uhane Jim and Garnette Arledge
Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim is a healer from Kauai currently sharing the lomilomi training of his lineage with many people both on the US mainland and in Hawaii.   His work encompasses both the physical and esoteric spiritual realms.  This book is primarily told in story format, making it fun and easy to read.  It includes testimonies from many people who have experienced Harry's work and teaching.

Click here to read more about Wise Secrets of Aloha.


Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi, the Traditions of Hawaiian Massage and Healing edited and with an introduction by R Makana Risser Chai

This research book on the history of lomilomi can  be a slow read, but the rewards are rich!  It connects us with treasured voices from the past.  This book is an extensive compliation source information gleaned from newspapers and historical archives of the 1800s.  I highly recommend it for serious students of lomilomi.  

Click here to read more about Na Mo'olelo Lomilom.


Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi, the Traditions of Hawaiian Massage and Healing edited and with an introduction by R Makana Risser Chai

This research book on the history of lomilomi can  be a slow read, but the rewards are rich!  It connects us with treasured voices from the past.  This book is an extensive compliation source information gleaned from newspapers and historical archives of the 1800s.  I highly recommend it for serious students of lomilomi.  

Click here to read more about Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi.

 

books on Hawaiian spirituality & healing practices


Na'auao Ola Hawaii, Hawaiian Principles and Practices of Being Well by Dr. Maka'ala Yates, D.C.

This book is written by Mana Lomi┬« founder, my teacher, Dr. Maka'ala Yates, D.C.  He shares in this book the ideas about healthy living he's deveoped and experiences he has had over the span of his lifetime as a Hawaiian healer.  Maka'ala is all about "waking people up" to be the best that we each are.  Maka'ala's work focuses on breaking the blueprint to disease in our communities by developing our blueprint for health.  He heavily emphasizes the way we use our thoughts, and how we can intentionally tame our minds to support our health and well-being, all coming from a Polynesian prospective.

In this book Maka'ala also provides insight and information on breathing, eathing, sleeping, fasting and cleansing, and meditation.

I highly recommend this book, especially for students of Hawaiian and Polynesian healing arts.


Man, God, and Nature by Michael Kioni Dudley

Over a period of several years I had to re-start reading this 150 page  book several times  before I could get through the description near the beginning of the book of the Hawaiian view of the Universe.  As a  Westerner who was raised visualizing our earth as round, and as a person who has difficulty with spacial directions like left and right, I was totally lost by his spacial descriptions of the Hawaiian view of the universe.  

However, once I got past the third chapter, I was deeply touched by his description of the relationship between people, nature and Spirit.  I 'got' the experience of relating to beings in nature just as I relate to people. I 'got' the feel of plants, animals and elements being conscious beings.. Because of this book I now experience plants in a special, personal way. 


Na Pule Kahiko by June Gutmanis
This scholarly book contains many Hawaiian prayers in Hawaiian, translated to English, and  with accompanying commentary.  It reads like a reference book so I consult it occasionally when I have a particular interest, but have never read it from cover to cover.


Hawaiian Religion and Magic by Scott Cunningham
This book is written for the lay person and introduces the people and deities of Hawaii, aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture and religion, and what the author (and some other people) identify as magic and sorcery.    The author has studied and written numerous books about magic and witchcraft in various parts of the world.


Ho'oponopono by E Victoria Shook
This book explores the use of the traditional Hawaiian family oriented process of ho'oponopono in different contemporary settings outside of Hawaii.  It presents ho'oponopono as a problem solving process.  Written from the perspective of a social worker, this is indeed an interesting book.


Zero Limits, The Secret Hawaiian System for Wealth, Health, Peace, and More by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len
This book  explores one manifestion of ho'oponopono. The book and related workshops  have made a BIG marketing splash and hav eintroduced the concept of ho'opono to many people world wide.. 

The line of ho'oponopono explored in this book comes through the lineage of Mornah Simeaona whom my kumu Maka'ala Yates identifies  as one of his particularly influential teachers. I appreciate the overlap in concepts between my studies with Maka'ala and the content of this book. However, while I am fascinated by the book's content, Vitale's writing voice  and style don't sit well with me.   None the less I persevered in completing the  book and for me the gold came at the end. 

 Click here to go to Zero Limit's website.


Hawaiian Herbal Medicine, Kahuna La'au Lapa'au by June Tutmanis
The bulk of this carefully researched book is an encyclopedic like description of herbs used for healing in Hawaii, including descriptions of the plants, full page color illustrations and discussions of illness and recipes for use of the herbs.  

I especially enjoyed the first part of the book which is told in story format.  I get a feel for all aspects of life related to illness, health and healing by reading this book.


HA - Breathe! by Elithe Manuha'aipo Kahn, PHD
This slim book explores the three different uses of breathe in healing and in meditation.   Noho pu is a passive meditative contemplation which opens the pathway to ho'ike - enlightenment.  'A'ala ha, active meditative contemplation, uses repetitive o'ono chants to manifest personal desires and enhance health through revitalizing and toning the internal organs.  Ho'omana, storing breath work, builds mana, energy and personal power to overcome life challenges.     Click here to go to Elithe Manuha'aipo Kahn's website.

 

books focused on Hawaiian values

Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say
This book inspires me to treat my massage clients, colleagues, students and teachers with the same care and respect I treat my family and friends.  Author Rose Say shows how business managers working in the Hawaiian hospitality industry can use Hawaiian values to enhance the quality of life for both their employees and guests and how this will naturally lead to their businesses to prosper.  What she writes is applicable to all of us!  

Click here to go to Rosa Say's website.



Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say
This book inspires me to treat my massage clients, colleagues, students and teachers with the same care and respect I treat my family and friends.  Author Rose Say shows how business managers working in the Hawaiian hospitality industry can use Hawaiian values to enhance the quality of life for both their employees and guests and how this will naturally lead to their businesses to prosper.  What she writes is applicable to all of us!  

Click here to go to Rosa Say's website.

 

Hawaiian history books


Nana i ke Kumu (Look to the Source), volumes 1 and 2 by Pukui, Haertig and Lee
This two volume book is very rich and is the combined work of a group of dedicated people over a number of years.  Volume 1 is organized like an encyclopedia making it easy to look up information on many various aspects of Hawaiian culture.  Volume two is a bit longer and is organized thematically.  The themes include: childhood, man & woman, holiness & healing, dreams & symbols, qualities of aggression, shame & guilt, extrasensory perception, and finally self image.  Both volumes are a must read for any serious student of lomilomi, particularly those who did not grow up immersed in Hawaiian culture and tradition.


Ancient Hawaii, Pele, Goddess of Hawaii's Volcano and Voyagers, all by Herb Kane
Herb Kane is a historical artist who creates paintings and picture books for adults.  For me, his books are the most effective, easily available way there is to get a real feel and taste for life in Hawaii in previous times.  

Click here to go to Herb Kane's website.


Na Kaikamahine 'o Haumea, Daughters of Haumea, Women of Ancient Hawai'i, by Lucia Tarallo Jensen
This book is a treasure trove of information about women in Hawaii  before the 1819 abrogation of the kapu system.  It is artfully done with beautiful photos by Lucia's daughter Natalie Mahina Jensen.  It is a scholarly book best read a chapter at a time.  My favorite chapter is the one on physiotherapy.


Na Kaikamahine 'o Haumea, Daughters of Haumea, Women of Ancient Hawai'i, by Lucia Tarallo Jensen
This book is a treasure trove of information about women in Hawaii  before the 1819 abrogation of the kapu system.  It is artfully done with beautiful photos by Lucia's daughter Natalie Mahina Jensen.  It is a scholarly book best read a chapter at a time.  My favorite chapter is the one on physiotherapy.


Ho'opono ~ the Hawaiian Way to Put Things Back into Balance by Pali J. Lee  
This content in this book  overlaps that in Tales from the Night Rainbow by the same author.    In my mind these two books blend together.  Ho'opono picks up some of the same themes introduced in Tales of the Night Rainbow and carries them from the past into current time.  Like Tales of the Night Rainbow, this book is also written in the first voice, but it is the direct voice of author Pali J. Lee rather than the voice of her  husband's great grandmother.  These books are both  all about goodness.  I smile and slow down reading them.



Moloka'i and The Stone Kannon  by A.O. Bushnell
I love these historical novels, and recommend anything Mr. Bushnell has written!  (He's written several more historical novels which I haven't yet read.)  

The Stone Kannon follows Japanese immigrant laborers from Japan to Hawaii in 1868.  Molokai'i tells the story of the leper colony on Moloka'i.  Both books offer gripping tales of the highs and lows of being human.

non-Hawaiian books about ways to care for our bodies
that have helped me

8 steps to a Pain Free Back by Esther Gokhale:  This book teaches the basics of how to move and to rest: how to sit, stand, lie, walk and lift.  It has helped me immensely to improve my posture. I recommend it to all of my massage clients and students.  

CLICK  here TO READ MY EXPANDED REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATION OF THIS BOOK..

Click here to go to Esther Gokhale's website.


The Art of Breathing, Six Simple Lessons to Improve Performance, Health and Wellbeing, by Nancy Zi:  I've used this book to help me come to better know my breath, and to breath more gently and fully.  It was easy for me to follow.  Although she also sells a related DVD, I prefer learning from the book  because I can go at my own pace.

Author Nancy Zi has lived extensively in both China and the United States and is both a chi kung expert and a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Drawing on this background she created "chi yi" - the art of breathing - her concise, highly effective method of teaching abdominal deep breathing. 

Click here to go to Nancy Zi's website.


The Art of Breathing, Six Simple Lessons to Improve Performance, Health and Wellbeing, by Nancy Zi:  I've used this book to help me come to better know my breath, and to breath more gently and fully.  It was easy for me to follow.  Although she also sells a related DVD, I prefer learning from the book  because I can go at my own pace.

Author Nancy Zi has lived extensively in both China and the United States and is both a chi kung expert and a professional opera singer and voice teacher. Drawing on this background she created "chi yi" - the art of breathing - her concise, highly effective method of teaching abdominal deep breathing. 

Click here to go to Nancy Zi's website.