SOME of my FAVORITE
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
I offer my deep gratitude to the many authors represented here who have
applied themselves to putting their stories and wisdom down onto paper
and thereby contributing to the creation of global community
as we share our cultures with each other.
We Must, My Spiritual Journey
by & about Hawaiian
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
Click here to read more about Change We Must, and to add your own comments.
by Mona Kahele
is Mona Kahele's story. Mona was a
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, and to add your own comments.
of Wisdom: Hawaiian Elders Speak
by MJ Harden with photography by Steve Brinkman
love this book and go back to it over and over again. It
magazine length articles about 24 Hawaiian elders, complete with
marvelous photos. The author personally interviewed each of
highlighted elders. http://www.lomilomi-massage.org/book-voices-of-wisdom.html
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
Machalo, from whose lineage Mana Lomi®
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by George Kahumoku Jr.
This autobiographical book tells the
of his healing. A 125 page book, it's a fun, warm and easy
Lomilomi Big Island Massage
books about lomilomi
by Nancy Kahalewai
I have used this book as a foundation
book for lomilomi classes I have taught in massage schools.
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
revered Hawaiian healers of the past 50 years. Finally, this
interesting final chapter discussing the introduction and development
of Temple style lomi.Click here to read more about Hawaiian Lomilomi, Big Island Massage, and to add your own comments.
Secrets of Aloha
by Harry Uhane Jim and Garnette Arledge
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
realms. This book is primarily told in story format, making
it fun and
easy to read. It includes testimonies from many people who
experienced Harry's work and teaching.
Click here to read more about Wise Secrets of Aloha, and to add your own comments.
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.
highly recommend it for serious students of lomilomi. Click here to read more about Na Mo'olelo Lomilomi, and to add your own comments.
Massage: Lomilomi, sacred touch of aloha
by R Makana Risser Chai with photography by John C. Kalani Zak
This coffee table picture book highlights both current and "over the
Hawaiian practitioners of lomilomi.
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Hawaiian spirituality & healing practices
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.
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.
by June Gutmanis
This scholarly book contains many Hawaiian
prayers in Hawaiian, translated to English, and with
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.
Religion and Magic
by Scott Cunningham
This book is written for the lay person
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
studied and written numerous books about magic and witchcraft in
various parts of the world.
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.
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
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.
to go to Zero Limit's website.
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
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.
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
to go to Elithe Manuha'aipo Kahn's website.
books focused on Hawaiian
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!
to go to Rosa Say's website.
Kanaka by George Ku'eu Sanford Kanahele
George Kanahele explores the question "Who and what is a Hawaiian?"
While it's a slow read, this fascinating and in depth book
held my attention all the way through it's 500 pages. The six
sections are titled: Religion-Mythology-and-Ritual,
Space-Time-and-Place, Science-and-Technology, Economics,
Leadership-and-Politics, and the-Aloha0Society. Author
Kanahele is a Hawaiian born and raised and internationally educated and
i ke Kumu (Look to the Source)
Hawaiian history books
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
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
for any serious student of lomilomi, particularly those who did not
grow up immersed in Hawaiian culture and tradition.
Goddess of Hawaii's Volcano
all by Herb Kane
Herb Kane is a historical artist who
paintings and picture books for adults. For me, his books are
effective, easily available way there is to get a real feel and taste
for life in Hawaii in previous times.
to go to Herb Kane's website.
Kaikamahine 'o Haumea, Daughters of Haumea, Women of Ancient Hawai'i
by Lucia Tarallo Jensen
This book is a treasure trove of
about women in Hawaii before the 1819 abrogation of the kapu
It is artfully done with beautiful photos by Lucia's
Mahina Jensen. It is a scholarly book best read a chapter at
My favorite chapter is the one on physiotherapy.
Tales from the Night Rainbow
by Pali J. Lee and Koko Willis
This book is told in first
voice of a woman named Kaili'li'ohe who lived on Moloka'i in the
as recorded by her children and grandchildren. It is authored
her great grandson Koko and his wife Pali. This book
story of family customs and responses to historical events
of the time. Told as it is in first person, reading it feels
listening to my own grandmother telling stories of her youth.
the now widely known story of the Bowl of Light.
Ho'opono ~ the Hawaiian Way to Put Things Back
by Pali J. Lee
This content in this book overlaps that in Tales from the Night
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
and carries them from the past into current time.
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
goodness. I smile and slow down reading them.
Moloka'i and The
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
immigrant laborers from Japan to Hawaii in 1868. Molokai'i
tells the story of the leper colony on Moloka'i.
books offer gripping tales of the highs and lows of being human.
by Kiana Davenport
This epic feminine saga focuses on a Hawaiian family and is a
historical novel set in Hawaii in
the 1800s. The author does a great job of bringing history
and strong people alive
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
to move and to rest: how
to sit, stand, lie, walk and lift. It has helped me immensely
improve my posture. I recommend it to all of my massage clients and
TO READ MY EXPANDED
REFLECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATION OF THIS BOOK..
to go to Esther Gokhale's website.
of Breathing, Six Simple Lessons to Improve Performance,
and Wellbeing, by Nancy Zi:
I've used this book to help me come to better know my breath,
to breath more gently and fully. It was easy for me to
Although she also sells a related DVD, I prefer learning from
book because I can go at my own pace.
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
to go to Nancy Zi's website.
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