May 10, 2020
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E Komo Mai & Welcome to Neaulani’s No’eau

Prayer, Positive Focus & Gratitude

March 12

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Pule which means Pray and is pronounced: Poolay. E Pule Kakou. Let’s pray (for the end of the Corona Virus). Aloha, a hui hou….

March 8·

Aloha kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: E hele mai pu which means Come together and is pronounced: A (as in hay) haylay mai poo. E hele mai pu a pule kakou. Let’s come together and pray. Aloha, a hui hou……

March 29·

Aloha kakou, today’s Hawaiian phrase is: Olakino maika’i kakou which means: Good health to us all and is pronounced: Ohlahkeyno myka e kahkoh. I’m looking forward to the day when everything goes back to normal and praying that day will be here very soon. Mahalo nui loa for supporting my posts. Aloha au ia ‘oukou. I love you all. Aloha, a hui hou…….

April 3

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian phrase is: E Kia Mau which means Stay Focused and is pronounced: Ay Keyah Mow (as in now). Stay focused on all the blessings in your life, gratitude replaces fear and keeps our minds and attitudes clear. Aloha, a hui hou……


April 8

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian phrase is: Ua mahalo nui au no_______ which means: I am grateful for __________ (you get to fill in the blank). It’s pronounced: Ooah mahhahlow nooee ow _________. Ua mahalo nui au no olakino maika’i. I am grateful for my good health or no ka’u mau mea aloha – for my loved ones or_________. Aloha, a hui hou…….

April 6

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian phrase is: Malama ka mana’o’i’o which means: Keep the faith and is pronounced: Mahlahmah kah mahnah oh e oh. Now is definitely the time to keep the faith. With Covid19, we all have the chance to really pull together, have faith that everything will be ok, give thanks for every blessed day and keep on paddling. If not that, then what? Pono or pilikia? Aloha, a hui hou…..

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May 6, 2020
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E Komo Mai & Welcome to 🌅🌋 Neaulani’s No’eau 🌋🌅

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April 29

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian phrase is: Hoʻololi ka hiliha’i i ka makaʻu which means:Trust replaces fear and is pronounced: Ho ohlole kah helenah e e kah mahkah oo. If this pandemic brings flutters of fear in your tummy, replace that with trust. We all know that everything passes and trust is the mana that will carry us through it all. Trust in the knowing that there is a very good reason for what’s happening now and we will all be better for having come through it. Aloha, a hui hou……


April 27  ·

Aloha kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Au which means Me and I and is pronounced Ow. Another benefit of this period in time is the ability to take care of me – self. After doing all we can to keep ourselves, our family and friends safe, let’s take time to take care of ourselves – me. One of the things we often overlook is how are we – me doing? We don’t usually have time for me. But, for the time

being, now we do. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity, grow me – our spirituality, our wanting to take care of things for ourselves that we’ve been putting off all these years. Now is the time,. Malama pono au – Take care of Me. Aloha, a hui hou……



April 25  ·

Aloha kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Ikaika which means Strong and is pronounced: Ekykah. E ikaika kakou. Let’s all stay strong. Now, more than ever is the time to stay strong. We all know that it’s just a matter of time, so hang in there, keep your focus on continuing to do all you can to stay safe and healthy and know this will pass. Besides, what’s the alternative? Give up and sink into despair? Not this pono paddler and I hope not you either. Aloha, a hui hou…

December 26, 2019 ·

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Mana’olana which means Hope and is pronounced: Mahnah ohlahnah. Mana’olana au ia ‘oukou mau pomaika’i o ka ola maika’i. I wish everyone many blessings of a good life. Aloha, a hui hou….

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Kumu Neaulani Kuamo’o-Peck

comes from a family of Hula teachers from the Big Island, Hawaii. For her and her sister, Mahealani, their mother was their first hula teacher. Over the years, they have continued to dance, and Neaulani opened her own hula halau – hula school- in 1974, sharing the hula, music, language and customs. She continues teaching hula, as well as other Polynesian dance forms in the retreat programs with her sister, and students from the global communities. In addition to carrying on their hula tradition, Neaulani participated in numerous hula workshops led by hula masters George Naope, Pat Namaka Bacon, Pua and Nalani Kanaka’ole, Nona Beamer, and Cousin Maile Souza.

The strength, beauty and creativity of the hula served as an important and vibrant expression of cultural and family events, history, and spirituality, and were once solely performed by male dancers. Hula is the vehicle used for the hands to tell a story while keeping the rhythm flowing through the body, and to enfold you, and your audience with its emotions found within the story. The hula is fun, lively, sacred, light-hearted, and even satirical, solemn and ritualistic, and what determines the differences is the purpose for which it is danced.

In ancient times the hula was kapu-forbidden, and sacred, and only taught to those worthy of receiving its’ knowledge and passed on from generation to generation. As a chosen child, you were taken from your family and given to the hula halau to be raised with the hula as your main priority. So sacred was this group of dancers that the halau became your family and secrets were closely guarded and kept within the halau family.

The arrival of the missionaries greatly changed the societal landscape of Hawaii forcing hula, along with other spiritual and healing aspects of the culture underground. Hula was deemed as barbaric, uncivilized and works of the devil. Fortunately, the hula did manage to survive, although a large part of its variety has been lost forever, including most of the animal dances, rarely done today, and forgotten by most.

Today, what is seen and kept alive occurred through the efforts of many courageous and beautiful Kumu hula teachers from pastgenerations such as Neaulani’s mother, and a family of teachers on her father’s side, to the present generation for all to enjoy. As a member of this elite group, it is a great pleasure to be able to share the wonders and beauty of the hula. It is a most joyful and spiritual expression of Hawaii, it’s land and its’ people.

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May 5, 2020
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E Komo Mai & Welcome to Neaulani’s No’eau


Over the last few months, I haven’t been getting any nudge to share any mana’o.

I’ve asked Nā Kūpuna every so often & the answer was always basically the same.

Simply observe. Be IN the world but not OF it.

Just keep doing what you do – Hele Ka ‘Olelo, walk the talk


Observe those who embrace all the pilikia  (trauma & drama),

& those who stay in aloha & pono (rightness,  moral, balance, fair ethics, integrity.)

Pa`a Ka Waha – shut the mouth & Simply Observe

as some choose to throw out the pono paddle & jump out of the wa’a,

those who stay in & continue to paddle stongly,

& those who choose to jump out & then decide they want to jump back in.

Simply observe the different FEAR. The pilikia version : Forget Everything And Run

or the Aloha & Pono Version : Face Everything And Rise.


Since 2018/ 2019 Kumu Neaulani Kuamo’o-Peck has been sharing ‘Hawaiian Phrases’ on Facebook.They have been a wonderful & fun opportunity of enhancing Hawaiian vocabulary & understanding of aspects of Hawaiian cultural & spiritual practices.

Over the last couple of months her sharings have contained many layers of wisdom very pertinent to the current global events.

Last week I received the poke with the pono paddle. So I contacted Kumu Neaulani with the guidance I received in regard to sharing her posts via Blog, email & further FB sharing.

Blessing received with aloha nui & Neaulani’s No’eau was to be launched & off & paddling.


I knew these sharings to be invaluable widoms the world needed, & particularly at this time on the planet.  Supporting Ho’opono pono ke ala – to make right more right the path.

The No’eau nuggets of wisdom will not necessarily be shared in chronological order.

Some may be recent ones relevant to current events, some will be earlier posts of fun & information.

Their intent is to Inform, Empower & be a reminder of stepping into ‘Uhane Nui (Spirit Greatness) & Mana ‘iho ( Self-Empowerment).

Those who have shared the HA with Kumu Mahaealani Kuamo’o- Henry & Kumu Neaulani Kuamo’o -Peck    IMG_0207.JPGknow the teaching that is often shared , the metaphor of “they get to the beach when they get to the beach”.

It’s time to get to the beach.

May everyone’s journey be smooth & arrive safely  & swiftly at the beach.

Today, for the 1st Neaulani’s No’eau,  I’m sharing some very pertinent recent mana’o from

Kumu Neaulani.  I’m sharing only a couple here today as I invite everyone to reflect upon & absorb the layers of wisdom in each..           Malama Pono., Tracey



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May 3

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Nani which means Beauty and is pronounced: Nahne. We are so blessed to be surrounded in Beauty. Every day the sun rises and sets creating beautiful colors in the sky, the stars sparkle in the evening sky, the earth has flowers, trees, animals and the ocean surrounding us with beauty. The faces of our family and friends and the love we all share is beautiful. Being aware of the beauty in our lives is another way to help keep us spiritually strong and connected with the mana that brought us here. See the beauty out there and you will see the beauty within you. Aloha, a hui hou….


May 2

Aloha Kakou, today’s Hawaiian word is: Hana mana which means Miracle and is pronounced: Hahnah mahnah. Do you believe in Miracles? I do and it’s because I’d rather believe in miracles which makes them happen then not believe in miracles and never have them happen. Or, even worse, not believe in miracles and not notice them when they do happen. Miracles happen every day. Aloha, a hui hou……


April 30

Today’s Hawaiian phrase is: E kia mau which means: Stay focused and is pronounced: Ay keah mow (as in wow). With each passing day, we move closer to the end of this world pandemic. Yay. By staying focused on where we are now and where we’re going, we are going to find ourselves right where we want to be – and it’ll be by our choice. Control, we do have control. Aloha, a hui hou….

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March 16, 2019
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When events occur globally that reflect Ino ( intentional harm) and  Pilikia, it can be a time for challenging our Aloha and Pono.

It can be easy for some to jump out of the pono canoe and in to the swirling ocean of fear, anger and a multitude of other negative thoughts/feelings.

It’s easy to  hele ka ‘olelo – walk the talk, when everything seems to be smooth sailing.

When we paddle the Spiritual Path in Aloha and Pono we must strongly stay the course of Aloha and Pono at all times.


Allow recent events of the world to be a reminder to step fully in to your Uhane Nui ( Spirit Greatness and Mana ‘Iho ( self empowerment) and keep radiating your mana in the fullness of aloha.

This piece from  Mana’olana Pink Paddlers is an apt reminder of our Spiritual Beingness and Ho’opono pono ke ala – make right more right the path.

“The Meaning of ALOHA is an expression of our essence. It is the language of the SOUL and often speaks through welcome smiles, friendly gestures and warm greetings.

And although ALOHA is used when saying hello or goodbye. It actually means a great deal more.

In fact to Hawaiians ALOHA is not so much a word as it is attitude or a state of mind peacefully filled with spirituality, compassion, and gratitude

ALOHA desires the best of everyone while endlessly projecting love for all creation from the center of its heart, and while giving generously of itself. ALOHA ask only that we share its gift with others.

ALOHA is by nature unconditional. It embraces all of the humanity with open arms as though it were placing a garland of fragrant flowers around its neck.

ALOHA points to the spiritual potential inherent in all the people of the earth and asks that we express that potential always through positive actions.

ALOHA is the spirit of goodness and if were able to speak it might humbly say ” ALOHA kekahi i kekahi ” Love one another as you would wish to be loved.

ALOHA is the silent breath of the ancients bridging the years into the present to softly caress, encourage, uplift and bless us all.”


I’ve done something here that I have never done before.

I have attached an oli, I Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi,  which I would usually only teach in classThat is protocol.
However Nā Kūpuna wanted me to share it, so everyone can simply speak and energise the words.

To keep the focus and awareness on creating more Aloha on the planet, moment to moment.


Let’s all work together to foster and promote

aloha kekahi i kekahi

– to love one another in all we doAloha-kekahi-i-kekahi-elementary

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December 27, 2018
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Whenever I’m asked “when are you going  to______next?”, my reply is always the same. “When I receive the message.” Boy does that confound people! Then often comes the question, “But when will you know?”  Reply : “When Spirit give me the message” (aka The Green Light).


The other day I received the message that it was time to organise an Ho’oponopono Talk Story Day. Ok Den!                Now, to simply wait for further information to be presented.

On Boxing Day I was holding a somewhat challenging, one-legged pose in yoga class when I started to receive some layers.

Something that really fascinates and interests me, are interconnections, symbology and layers of meanings in words. This is particularly so with Hawaiian words.

Whilst holding my focus to stay upright on one leg in yoga class,  the word ho’opono kept coming in to my mana’o,    with the emphasis being placed on the po and the no.

Ahhhh, ok, got it. 💡😊 💡

Ho’oponopono means to make right more right.

Ho’opono pono ke ala means to make right more right the path.

This is often seen as being related with external relationships or events. People often forget or choose to omit themselves in that process.

So, back to the Po and the No.

I will preface this part by saying the sharing of the po and no in relation to the word ho’opono is the message I received to share and is not from traditional Hawaiian teachings per se. The rest of the information however is from Hawaiian teachings.

NO is an amplifying, expansive word. By this I mean it amplifies the word it is utilised with.

The Hawaiian Dictionary by Pukui/ Elbert relates PO as:

Night, darkness, obscurity; the realm of the gods; pertaining to or of the gods, chaos, or hell; dark, obscure, benighted; formerly the period of 24 hours beginning with nightfall (the Hawaiian “day” began at nightfall, cf. ao 1.

I was also taught of PO  as the Spirit world, represented by night, the inner dream, the unseen realities which give birth to our outer dream, the creative process which started at sundown.

Then there is AO explained in the Hawaiian Dictionary as: AO 1. nvi. Light, day, daylight, dawn; to dawn, grow light; enlightened; to regain consciousness.

In some of the teachings I received, this was also explained as the outer expression comes at dawn. Dawn is the manifestation of all creativity that has taken place during the night.                                                                                Sunset is the beginning of a new day with the creative process starting at sunset.

Hence PO is a very powerful, profound time and place for healing/clearing. A powerful time for entering the PO within us to explore and kala (release) all that no longer serves us. All the old mea mea mea that has been held on to. The old outmoded beliefs, ways of thinking, behaving, speaking.

The outer expression comes at dawn, therefore the inside or inner world can change our outside or outer world with AO, the light.


The other word that kept entering my awareness as I was writing this was EPHEMERAL. The Google dictionary meaning: lasting for a very short time, transitory, transient, fleeting, passing, shortlived, momentary, brief, short, cursory, temporary, impermanent, short-term; fading

“fashions are ephemeral: new ones regularly drive out the old”.

Relating this to Ho’opono –  negative emotions, issues, energies that cause limitations, persist simply by choice and the focus on them. In truth they are ephemeral……if we allow them to be.

Soooo, embrace your inner Taylor Swift and “Shake It Off’, your inner Queen Elsa from Frozen and ‘Let It Go’ and your Maddern Brothers to say to that plilika ‘We Are Done’!


As we transition from the energies of one year in to the new fresh energies of the new year, choose your focus. Personally, I’m a focus on ALOHA kinda wahine.

Remember too the value and importance of ritual with release and transition.                                          IMG_5137                   Hawaiian traditions and practices of Pule(prayer), Hana (action) either literally or symbolically,
Wai Huikala (water purification), Kapu Kai ( ceremonial bathing in the sea) and Pi Kai (sprinkling of salt water), all support and strengthen the release, clearing, cleansing, manifesting intentions.

Whenever I write a blog, I will often seek an appropriate image from Kai Markell. He is an extraordinary photographer and shining example of aloha who freely shares his mana-filled photos.

This photo titled  Haunted Forest, along with Kai’s beautiful words, leapt out at me.

“High above Sleeping Honolulu…                                                         Haunted forest

In the Hills of Kapālama…

Exists a Legendary Haunted Magical Forest…

Where my Soul entered as a Lost  Frightened Child…

And Emerged as a Powerful Compassionate Man…

With Eternal Life…

Saved by the Love of a Princess…

The End…”


I invite you to enter that forest within, enter PO, find yourself, cleanse and emerge afresh into AO  Huaka'iPono by Kai Markell
to continue the Huaka’i Pono. (Pono Journey) .


Mahalo Pau!




photo titled Huaka’iPono by Kai Markell

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August 27, 2018
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A few weeks ago I saw this photo on Facebook with a title ‘The Weight of Grief’,risingcairn_1 (1)

My eyes widened with my immediate thought of “Wow, what a powerful image of the crippling, debilitating impact of holding on to ‘old mental/emotional stuff’, and the Stones analogy of The Bowl of Light”.

Whilst I didn’t read the article, the image was the prompt for this blog.


(The sculpture is actually titled  “Rising Cairn” and is a 4,000 lb stone sculpture by artist Celeste Roberge.)


Traditionally, Hawaiians, as all ‘indigenous’ cultures view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all interconnected and part of the ‘whole’ self . When there is dis-harmony on one level it impacts on all levels. Thankfully this is now understood and accepted in the Western mindset within most Wellness professions. I often use the analogy with clients and haumana in regard to the physical manifestation of dis-harmony. Simply treating the physical is like putting a BandAid on a shark bite. It ain’t gonna hold. You can seek all the physical support, whether it me through massage, chiropractic, change of diet, medication, fitness plan and a plethora of other undertakings, however if the underlying mental/emotional/spiritual root cause is not addressed none of these will be effective or sustaining long term.

As shared in Tales From the Night Rainbow (Koko Willis & Pali Jae Lee 1987) and in Ho’opono (Pali Jae Lee 2006),   one of the earliest concepts taught to them was :                                                                                                                 “Each child born has at birth, a Bowl of perfect Light. If he tends his Light it will grow in strength and he can do all things – swim with the shark, fly with the birds, know and understand all things. If, however he becomes envious or jealous he drops a stone into his Bowl of Light and some of the Light goes out. Light and the stone cannot hold the same space. If he continues to put stones in the Bowl of Light, the Light will go out and he will become a stone. A stone does not grow, nor does it move. If at any time he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down and the stones will fall away and the Light will grow once more”

A traditional greeting in Hawaii was Pehea Ko Piko?                                                                                                         This translates to: How are your relationships to these parts of your body and the relationships they represent?        Piko refers to crown of the head, the navel as well as the genitals. What’s that got to do with relationships you ask? In this context, the crown refers to the ancestors, the navel to currant relationships (including yourself), and the genitals refers to descendants.                                                                                   Which Side of the line (1)
In other words, are these relationships pono (right, good, harmonious)🌹
or is there any pilikia (trauma, drama, dis-harmonious)💨  ie Are You Carrying Any Stones?

Which Side of the Line are You On?

Is it timely to Ho’oponopono (make right more right) and             Ho’opono pono ke ala (make right more right the path)? 

As a practitioner and teacher of over 25 years, I have witnessed countless times, what detrimental, damaging, unhealthy hindrance to a happy, productive journey of life these ’stones’ are.

Over the years I have had numerous clients and haumana who choose to stay stuck in their continual sharing of their very detailed pilikia (trauma, drama, blame, victim) filled story. When I don’t enable the pilikia, their anger is often then directed at me.  It’s that human tendency of projecting outward rather than having the willingness to look within.

I have become very adept over the decades of ducking people’s stones as they endeavour to hurl them outwards 😉

I had a recent instance of that with a client, whom I hadn’t seen for a few years, who had come for a lomilomi. When I asked her how she was, she replied with 45 minutes of all the intricacies, finger-pointing, blame and victim-ness, drama-filled pilikia nui ( Big  trauma, drama, victim) story. I let her keep speaking, without interruption til her story was told, as it was important to ‘get it out’. I then asked her again, ‘And how are YOU in all this’.  It wasn’t overt, however when you work with energy and have been a practitioner for 25+ years, you know what’s going on. That was when the shift came and she snapped “that’s what I’ve been telling you!”. My reply: “That was the story, that wasn’t what I asked. I’m asking how YOU are”.

She returned for her next appointment the following week and had the grace to pono-up and share about that anger she’d had at me, for a couple of days. It lasted until she wrote it all down and then rang a friend who has also been a client. When she was raging to the friend about me and the stuff that had come up in the session, her friend stated simply “Tracey gave you what you went there for. She gave you what you needed’.

I had simply been the one to support in opening a crack in the shell to allow the stones to begin to stream out.                 The BandAids came well and truly off the shark bite!                                                                                                            ( I gotta tell you, sometimes being ‘the messenger’ requires many deep HA breaths!!)

The reason I share this, is by the time she came for her second appointment a week later, she had taken ownership of her stuff, had done much self-reflection, had numerous epiphanies, had numerous ‘shifts’ and was making changes. We even joked about the previous week as she shared her insights.

She had released bucket loads of metaphorical stones.The SHIFTS and TRANSFORMATION in her physical body as well as her energy when I was lomi-ing her was PROFOUND .

The analogy I used in regard to the difference from the previous week to this week was a shift from pahoeaacontrast (1)                               ʻaʻā lava (spiky and sharp) to pāhoehoe lava (smooth).

She had released many, many stones, smoothed out many of the sharp edges, and is in the process of continuing to cull more.

What are you energising? What stories are you telling repeatedly? Are your Thoughts, Words And Actions ALOHA and PONO or PILIKIA ?

Remember, Thoughts Have Wings, Words Have Wings💫They will fly off to manifest, to create that which has been energised. Are you creating joyful aloha rainbows filled journey or are you filling your Bowl and Being with Stones ?

A helpful practice is doing an Aloha Pono Check daily. Ask yourself such questions as:                                                 🌟Are my relationships in harmony? 🌟Am I living a motivated, stimulated, inspired and purposeful life?  🌟Am I being the best ….. fill in the many blanks…., that I could be? Whether that be parent, partner, practitoner, teacher, role model of health….. the whole array of all apsects of your life. 🌟 Am I living my purpose and am I using my skills, abilities, gifts and talents to serve the planet? 🌟Am I allowing myself to be the Shining Being of Light that I truly am? Am I allowing my Aloha Shininess to Radiate Fully 🌟 🌈⭐️🌞🐥

ANYTIME is appropriate and valuable to ho’oponopono  and ho’opono pono ke ala right and to release those old stones. Often this can be enhanced by particular ritual, with the moon cycles also being symbolic.                          There is a New Moon appearing soon. A New Moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new cycle. This is an excellent time for making a fresh start, questioning and releasing old habits, behaviours, beliefs and ways of thinking, turning over a new leaf, or starting a new project.. ie a MANA-FULL AND PONO NUI time to  re-write the story, clear out those stones and be the full shininess of YOUR BOWL of LIGHT.

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June 29, 2018
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There is no APP for spiritual growth. There is no quick fix or fast track to enlightenment.

Over my 30 years of working with clients, I have seen it all. I have had to help ‘undo’ complications, afflictions, disorders and problems that people have experienced by trying to fast-track their path to spiritual enlightenment.                       (I will leave my Ayahuasca rant for another time 😱)


Evolving takes daily awareness and hana.


There are many reasons why ancient esoterics, mystics, masters and indigenous cultures involved YEARS of study and ‘apprenticeship’.

One had to commit to earning their Spiritual Pedigree.


Walking the path of a Spiritual Being involves not only a gaining of knowledge and information, crucially it also involves such important fundamentals as humility, modesty, being of service and unpretentiousness.                                                   There-in lies the potential to Wisdom.

Having knowledge does not guarantee having wisdom.



humble, unpretentious, modest, unassuming, unobtrusive, humility.

Whether one is aware of their spiritual ‘gift’ from an early age or develop and hone your gifts through years of diligent learning, training, preparation and practice, the EGO cannot travel with you on this path. I’m distinguishing here between lower case ego, which we all have and the EGO of arrogance, superiority, condescension, self-importance, domination, belittlement, misuse of energy, thinking one is above spiritual/universal laws.

Ho’oha’aha’a aku : to condescend. 

 E ho’oha’aha’a ‘ia ho’i ka mana’o ki’eki’e o ke kanaka,

the haughtiness of men shall be made low.

Promoting and marketing myself has never been my strong point. I simply do what I do, in gratitude, and am often  deeply humbled by what others share of their experiences. When people would ask me “are you any good at what you do?” I would smile, shrug and jokingly reply along the lines of “People keep coming back, so I guess so” or “I’ve never had a session from myself so I can’t really say”.

Believing your own marketing hype, advertising, media and press releases can be fraught.

Over my many decades of studying and working in the spiritual and wellbeing field, I have witnessed and experienced many who have stepped into Ego and/or thought they could get ahead both financially and spiritually up the metaphoric mountain by endeavouring to leap-frog over others or completely ignore the basic Universal Laws and think they don’t apply to them. ie they embody Spiritual Arrogance. Suffice to say that through their choices their bumpy slide back to reality provided many learning opportunities. Sometimes that has involved their ‘gifts’ being taken away. They may have started start out with altruistic and positive intent, however somewhere along their journey they lose any sense of ethics and integrity and take a digression from the Pono Path.


If someone keeps telling you how good they are at what they do, that they can heal you or bang on about their celebrity status, smile, politely decline and walk away….FAST.                                                                                   They often espouse Spirituality and Universal Laws and are often excellent teachers as they can regurgitate the text book word for word. However look behind the words and ask yourself “do they live and breathe what they teach?”,”do they walk their talk, are they ethical, integral and  pono in their actions?”

Whether it be Yoga, Reiki, Shamanic or any healing practices of any indigenous culture………there is no magic wand.  Being and stepping up into your ‘UHANE NUI (Spirit Greatness) involves commitment,diligence, dedication and work. There is no way of expediting that.


I have been actively seeking and journeying spiritual practices since my teens and have explored many spiritual and metaphysical practices. Many I still utilise today, some simply caused a raised eyebrow and eye-rolling from me.

Be Discerning.

Listen to your na’au, your gut. That will be your guide to pono Beings.


I only write blogs when I receive the nudge from Spirit. This one was prompted by a recent event where I had to hold my mana and pono and be a voice to provide someone, who is currently choosing the path of Spiritual Arrogance, with opportunities to step back on to the Pono Path. They have chosen not to. It’s now for me to hand the rest up to Higher Beings.

In the end, my wisdom understands that it’s always Higher Beings than me that we are all accountable to.

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May 27, 2018
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This week last year I was on Moku O Keawe (Big Island), in Puna, preparing the way for the start of the Cultural Immersion Retreat. How different the landscape is 12 months on.


I have had numerous significant, momentous, impactful and ‘chicken skin’ moments during my many Hawaiian sojourns. Those involving the Goddess Pele being particularly profound.

Presenting protocols and offering ho’okupu of Hula and Oli with Kumu Neaulani Kuamo’o- Peck at Kalapana and the crater at Halema’uma’u (Pele’s home), standing on the very rim with Kumu Kanoelani Davis delivering ho’okupu of oli written by her. There are many others, however these stay powerfully preserved in my visual and kinaesthetic memories.

🌋There are many perspectives on the currant events with Pele.

You will often hear the Kanaka Maoli speak of ‘Pele is dancing’. There are lineages who are believed to be direct descendants. They know Na Akua, the Gods and Goddesses, are ancestors who inspire; who live in and are extensions of them, who take many kinolau (forms) and present as various elements. They honour and respect all life very deeply.

Known by various names: Ka Wahine Ai Honua, “the woman who devours the land” and Pelehonuamea, “She who shapes the sacred land”, she is an everpresent energy on Moku O Keawe.  She is renowned for her passionate and fiery temperament. She is both destroyer and creator. She transforms.

Again, perception and perspective are important. Her destruction can be seen as negative and fear-based or it can be viewed that her upheaval is clearing the way for something new and better to be created.

(Let me be clear, I am in no way diminishing the physical, emotional and life-changing ramifications her movement has had on people. That is incredibly profound and devastating to many.)

Many believe Pele is offended when we disrespect the earth and/or Hawaiian culture. If we look at some of the currant concerns on Big Island, perhaps things can be viewed a little differently with eyes of a deeper perspective and perception.

For example :

🌋 The sacred ohia tree and its lehua blossoms have deep roots in Hawaiian culture. There is deep symbology shared through mo’olelo as well as it’s importance in maintaining ecosystem of flora and fauna. These forests have been decimated by Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) via a virulent fungus. However the hardy native ohia lehua is one of the first plants to recolonize otherwise barren lands blanketed in lava. It will grow afresh now without the fungus.

🌋There has been much controversy about the Geothermal Plant – is Pele saying ‘enough!’

🌋 Is she also re-locating those who are in fear and not honouring the stewardship of the land?

🌋 Are things that are not healthy being removed?

🌋 Is she looking for Ai La’au as some mo’olelo suggest, or as others suggest Ai Lau’au is facing off with Pele?

The truth is I’m not sure there is any human who can answer that for sure. Perhaps it’s all of the above and so much more.

I would however encourage everyone to take this opportunity to deepen their knowledge both form a current event standpoint as well as Kanaka Maoli sacred and spiritual belief understanding.

This radio interview with Kekuhi Keliʻikanakaʻole certainly assists in deepening layers of understanding.


Over the years I have heard many people flippantly ‘bandy about’ the name of Pele in assorted situations. Very often these are used completely inappropriately with lack of respect, knowledge and with ignorance or arrogance. (Such as the person who was teaching lomilomi students to invoke Pele during EVERY massage session. Yes, this was my face 😳 along with a deep intake of HA. I explained to the person who shared that with me, why it was not pono and that there were tens of thousands of other Goddesses that may be appropriate and wanting to present themselves!)

If you are going to ‘invoke’ Pele, be very, very mindful and aware of potential consequences and ramifications.

If we look at the symbology of Pele and what she represents: action, movement, upheaval, clearing the path, death, birth, renewal, transformation, is timely perhaps to utilise the analogy of that within our own lives         and ask :

🔥 Are you fuelling your passion?

🔥 How is your landscape? Are there old beliefs, emotions, ways of thinking, objects, items, people, places or situations that are impacting the wellness and harmony of your landscape?

🔥 Are there actions it would be pono to take or that you have been avoiding.

When we are not choosing to take the steps to kala (release), oki (cut, finish, end) and move forward ourselves, a major upheaval will likely present itself to ensure we address those beliefs and behaviours.

Pele’s appearance can occur when it’s time to change course, time to take action, to move forward, time to IMUA. Her presence signals signs to change…… which of course you can choose to ignore or resist…..😳😁

I had written most of this blog when I went to Zumba and for coffee to clear my mana’o and clear the way for any more input from Nā Kūpuna, when I bumped into and old work colleague. I do so love the way the ancestors orchestrate these ‘set-ups’. He is someone I worked with over 30 years ago and he shared with me a little of his 30 year journey of destruction with drugs, heavy drugs. Action was taken to change that and he is now journeying a fresh path. He acknowledges with gratitude the blessings of his journey and what is unfolding for him now. Perception and perspective. Such a reflection of the aspects of Pele : upheaval, action, transformation, clearing the path, death of the old and new growth.

Ke Akua Wahine O Ka Pōhaku ‘Ena ‘Ena, ‘Eli ‘Eli Kau Mai!  

Oh Goddess of the Burning Stones, may wonder and awe possess me!

Hawaiian Chant

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April 15, 2018
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… was the opening line from an haumana to me some months ago.

Although my brain was going “HUH?  WHAT, SERIOUSLY??”, 😳 I maintained my alohapono ʻpoker faceʻ, along with a not- so-obvious deep intake of the HA and replied in an indirect fashion while my brain caught up with this curious perception.


It’s interesting how people place limitations around things from their perception and assumptions. Just because I’ve followed the clear guidance of Na Kūpuna and stepped back from teaching lomilomi at the moment it doesnʻt mean I have “stopped teaching.”

The teaching and opportunities of learning still continues, simply in different forms.

Sometimes, however, because of the limitations of those perceptions, assumtions or through the various filters such as “Iʻve done that course” or “ Iʻve read that book” or “Iʻve heard him/her speak before” or “I donʻt have the time” and so on, opportunites are missed.


A great learning for me came in 2006 when I was sponsoring and hosting Serge Kahili King to present a workshop in Melbourne. Serge has authored many wonderful books, with ʻUrban Shamanʻ being very well known. I had a phone call from someone expressing interest in attending the workshop, however wanted to know “Iʻve read the book, so tell me what Iʻll learn.”  Iʻm sure I sat there doing an excellent fish impersonation wondering how on earth to respond to such a statement.

Ok, so I wanted to say “are you ʻexpletiveʻ kidding me!”, however I maintained my calm and pono and responded with gentle aloha.

When I spoke with Serge about it, his response was “Nothing. She will learn nothing because that is the mindset she would be coming in with.”

He then reassured me that was to be my answer if anyone else asked the same thing. What an insight that was!  It has always stayed with me and been a paʻa foundation with my own teaching as well as ongoing study, reading and re-reading of books, re-visiting documentaries and films. Iʻm a sponge and love it 😀


At one of the workshops where I was sponsoring and hosting Anakeʻ Mahealani Kuamoʻo-Henry, one of the participants asked me “donʻt you get bored sitting in the same workshops all the time?” Again, my fish impersonation and brain being gobsmacked! It doesnʻt matter how many times I hear knowledge and wisdom shared from someone who has journeyed long on that path, there are always new things to hear, things they may not have shared before, or that they speak something that you know, yet need to hear it right at that moment in your life and have an ʻahaʻ moment. Iʻm also humble and grounded enough to know that although I do know a lot, it is a mere pin-head of knowledge in the greater scheme of things.


You can cling to what you know, or think you know…..

or be open to what you donʻt know or deeper layers of understanding.

Being in the presence of, and spending time in any format,

with any Kupuna or Kumu is a learning opportunity.

The Hawaiians have 5 Steps of Learning which are relevant in all aspects of life :


      LISTEN  :  HO’OLOHE                                                 




These steps are powerful reminders of still the mind, be present, listen and hear what is said, hear and see what is not said. Do the hana: take the action. Make it a priority if itʻs important enough to you.


Our ukulele group – The Aloha UkeStars, is certainly a forum for teaching and sharing, as are the Daily Aloha Delights on the Aloha Rainbows FB page  and Instagram; Lomilomi, Hoʻoponopono and Kua Lua sessions; Lomilomi practice days; Ribbon Lei Workshop: ʻIke Sharing Sessions; Blog; Sharings on the Halau FB Page  or simply pick up the phone.


The teaching, learning and sharing opportunities abound and have always been there.

Simply be in the present moment, take the action and say yes!

Ho’omau I ka imi na’auao

Persist in the search for knowledge



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February 28, 2018
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I have been gifted two Hawaiian inoa (names). As with all Hawaiian names there is the ʻsurfaceʻ meaning and then the many layers of kaona (hidden meaning).

HaʻaoLakaināpali : Laka dances on the cliffs

This can be seen simply as Laka: Goddess of love, hula and forest plants, dances on the cliffs.

Namakanaokalani: one who brings the gifts from heaven(joyfully). This can be seen surface level simply as that.

Iʻm not going to go in to the multitude of kaona in each here. Suffice to say that having the kuleana of the kiakahi (purpose) and huakaʻi (journey) of both together is not for the faint hearted, I can assure you 😳

Utilising Hawaiian words and being given an Hawaiian name comes with a very deep kuleana (responsibility). It must be embodied. There is no wiggle room on that. It is an honour and a privilege.

Again, if you think living that name part–time is do-able, be prepared again for that whack with the pono paddle.

Be prepared to hele ka ʻolelo: walk the talk and embody the many layers of meaning and responsibility that go with that full time, or be prepared for any pono-up learning opportunities that will come your way.

“Ask permission and give thanks”

is Hawaiian protocol extended to all aspects of living and nature.

Letʻs look at two words that are often used by non-Hawaiians for business purposes. ALOHA and ʻOHANA

ALOHA: as most will know can mean hello, goodbye and love. However there are many deeper layers such as ALO~ the presence of spirit + HA ~ the breath of life. Aloha is greeting & acknowledging the spirit & the life of who/what you are addressing. I recognize you as life spirit. The joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo)     de1b25b5aaf62f5e5d39bdb9da4edd62

When one says ALOHA to another, it must be said sincerely.
To speak it with indifference or flippantly is inappropriate and profoundly disrespectful.

Aloha is more than a word, it is a way of life.

It is a concept that is profound and distinguishes the Hawaiian culture.    


x354-q80Many will be familiar with the phrase from ʻLilo and Stitchʻ-  ‘Ohana means family.                                                                 Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.ʻ

‘OHANA: Literally means  family, one’s blood relatives or kin, however commonly understood in a much wider sense, to include, friends, colleagues, classmates etc. It literally means “all from the shoots”. Deeper understanding comes from oha from the sacred Kalo (taro) plant, ‘Oha means the shoots growing form the corm of the kalo plant and it signifies that all ‘ohana come from the same root. No matter how distantly ancient Hawaiians were related, they recognized that they all came from the same root and therefore were all part of the same family.

A Basic foundation principle is that of INCLUSION.

As a practitioner and teacher of Hawaiian healing, spiritual and cultural practices I provide many opportunities of Aloha for ʻOhana

If someone wants to pick up a paddle and step into the waʻa of my teachings, I must include them. It is not aloha nor pono to refuse.

Being a Kumu is a tricky path to navigate at times.  People in group saying ʻthey shouldnʻt be allowed here” “you should kick them outʻ  mea mea mea (blah blah blah)

Trust me, if I had a dollar for every deep HA breath Iʻve taken over the years when haumana have brought their personal pilikia to groups, I would be a multi-millionaire. The thing is, itʻs always such a gift for others to look within at their own stuff and why their buttons are being pressed. However, it often results in a complete tossing out the door of all the ALOHA and PONO spiritual and healing practices they have learnt, and spiraling in to their own pilikia sludge. More deep HA breaths and ahonui from Kumu and Alakaʻi.

When you hele ka ʻolelo and work with the ancestors all the time, you donʻt get to make that mental judgement or call.

There is a ʻhoweverʻ. When someone who I ʻknowʻ & my naʻau tells me would not be an aloha contribution to a group, yet expresses interest, what do I do? I explain about a Lomilomi Training or Cultural Immersion Retreat and what is expected of all participants. I then hand it up to Spirit to take care of. I Ka Pono Mea : everything is in perfection, in excellence. People then come to their own place of attending or not.

People will show up for many reasons. Sometimes the learning is for them, sometimes for others in the group and sometimes for the teacher to see if they will waiver from what they know to be aloha and pono.

If you make choices and decisions based on judgements or personal agenda, you WILL get a big learning opportunity along with a firm whack from the pono paddle.

If opportunities of inclusion are presented and not actioned, the opportunities may no longer be presented or be available.

If someone takes actions that are not pono, but are instead Hala, Hewa, Ino and Pilikia, then the opportunities will not be made available until hoʻoponopono  and hoʻopono pono ke ala are actioned.

Many years ago I was contacted excitedly by an haumana who had changed her email address to Pele : 😳 I took a couple of deep Ha breaths before suggesting that she re-think that. She wasnʻt ʻhearingʻ me explain why that was not pono so I had to step into firm aloha and explain the potential consequences and learning opportunities that would be afforded her by using that name and email address. She finally ʻheardʻ and changed the name.

There is deep kuleana when we utilise Hawaiian words in names, business names, email addresses, Facebook Pages, Instagram and other social media.

Be prepared to hele ka ʻolelo: walk the talk and embody the many layers of meaning and responsibility that go with that, or be prepared for any pono-up learning opportunities that will come your way.


In EVERY moment.

SO, Mālama pono : take care of/nurture the pono. Mālama means to take care of, care for, protect, beware, preserve, maintain, support, and serve.

Pono means righteous(ly), upright(ly), proper(ly), good/well, excellent(ly), correct(ly), careful(ly), moral(ly), just(ly), fair(ly), honest(ly),

This quote from Edward Kanahele in the book ‘Ancient Sites of Molokai, Maui & Lana’iʻ, for me articulates profoundly the kuleana of embodying the Hawaiian words we utilise and the inoa we are gifted. :

“One of the ho’okupu (gift, offering) of highest value in the native Hawaiian culture is not an offering of fruit or vegetable or foliage; neither is it an offering of a fish( or a stone wrapped in a ti leaf) or a whale’s tooth or a family heirloom ; rather it’s ones word! One’s commitment! One’s promise! One’s sincere oath to pay deference to & uphold the physical & spiritual values of the culture! 

One’s word is the ho’okupu of choice!”





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