Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi (Journey) 2020
7th Annual 10-day retreat on the island of Molokai, Hawaiʻi
“E hoʻi i ka piko” - Return to your center
Get ready to immerse yourself in Hawaiian Culture through protocol and hula on the 10-day retreat “Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi”. Molokai is the center of hula according to 900-year old moʻolelo (stories). You will visit the birthplace of hula, learn hula and visit sacred places on Molokai.
What is HULA? Hula is Traditional Hawaiian Dance. It preserves our history, our culture and honors places, and its people, the Kanaka Maoli. Hula brings you back to a space and time where you can connect with the Ancestors.
Retreat with Aloha
Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi takes place on the south side of the island of Molokai. You will experience
Aloha, the Hawaiian value of unconditional love.
Hawaiian ceremonies & protocols
Workshops on Hula, Hawaiian Chants and leimaking
Excursions to sacred places on the island of Molokai: Hālawa Valley, ʻIliʻiliʻōpae Heiau (temple) and more.
Mea ʻAi (dinner) in ʻOhana (family) Style & Talk Story
Your host is Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki. Kumu (meaning teacher in Hawaiian) is born and raised in the valley of Halawa, Molokai, Hawaii, coming from a lineage of 50 generations. Kumu Lawrence has a wealth of knowledge of Hawaiian Traditions. His style of teaching is “no fluff”, he will give it to you straight and always with a lot of aloha.
Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster and apprentices Kathryn Roberts and Kyrian van Vliet assist Kumu Lawrence on the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi.
Ceremonies: protocols and process
The Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2020 starts with the Opening Ceremony including Hoʻike (hula performance) and paʻina (food). The next day you participate in ceremonies to prepare you for the journeys, the Huakaʻi, on a physical, mental and spiritual level by doing hula, oli (Hawaiian Chants) and making leis for protection.
For you to get ready, individually and as a group, on a mental and spiritual level we do:
group hoʻoponopono: A process of healing relationships so as to clearing the gateway connecting us to the Higher Being
kapu kai: Ceremonial sea bath for cleansing
ʻawa ceremony: sacred bonding ritual between the gods and we can honor the gods, give gratitude and ask for blessings and guidance from the gods for our upcoming journeys
Classes & Presentations
You will learn a lot about Molokai and its Hawaiian Traditions. A couple of workshops you will do in the retreat:
Introduction "Molokai Nui A Hina, Molokai Island Child of the great Mother, Protector and Goddess Hina"
Protocol Chants and Songs. Be prepared to invest time before the retreat to learn chants. Upon registration, you will receive a free study package containing video classes and class materials.
Hula ʻAuana (modern style hula) and Hula Kahiko (Traditional Style Hula)
Laʻau Lapaʻau (Hawaiian Herbal Medicine). You will get to know indigenous and endemic plants and their uses in medicine.
Leimaking both La’i (ti-leaf) and yarn
Excursions and moʻolelo (stories)
With learning the hula and the chants comes the kuleana (responsibility) to connect with the place you are dancing or chanting about. So we go holoholo to:
Places of Wahi Pana (legendary places) and significant archeological sites on Molokai
Kalaupapa Lookout & Phallic Rocks
Visit the mountain area (only reachable with 4WD!)
See ancient Hawaiian Sites on the Westend of Molokai
Moʻoula Falls at Halawa Valley (oldest settlement of the first Polynesians on Molokai)
Working the land
You will work with Laʻau Lapaʻau practitioner Bobby Alcain at ʻĀina Pulapula Farm. Bobby’s 40-acre homestead lands
Note there is always a chance of the content and program having changes along the way.
Be prepared for anything all the time. Hoʻomākaukau!
Is the retreat for people like me?
Maybe you identify yourself as a Lomilomi practitioner (or massage therapist), a (hula) dancer, a healer, or someone seeking healing or a life change? Do you just love Hawaiʻi and wanting to learn more about the Hawaiian traditions? Or are you a nature person, and want to see, feel and hear the beauty of Molokai and see a night sky where you actually see stars?!
If you answer yes to any of the descriptions, this may be the retreat you are looking for!
“Nānā I Ke Kumu” - Look to the Source
The retreat is for those of you who want to know more about Hawaiian traditions shared by a native Hawaiian elder and respected teacher, Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki, on one of the most Hawaiian islands, Molokai.
You will experience the real deal with Kumu Lawrence. Learning from the source instead from so-called Hawaiian teachings by books, YouTube, foreign teachers, or other new-age self-help courses.
Your Purpose and Reason
Everyone comes at the retreat for a different reason and purpose. You will receive an experience unique to you. We canʻt promise you what you will get out of it, we can only show you our program. Your intentions and actions will creates shape what you will take home with you.
How much and whatʻs included
Absolutely No Refunds
All meals except when dining out
Ten (10) nights shared accommodation.
Check-in: June 2 by 3 pm, Checkout: June 12 by 10:30 am
Ground transportation for all events
Pick-up and drop-off to Hoʻolehua Airport (MKK) if needed
Direct access to both Kumu Pa’a Lawrence Aki & Kumu Pa’a Kawika Foster
Participants help to prepare their meals
Additional costs for all participants are $20.00 each person x 6 = $120.00 for Makana (gift)
ʻĀina Pulapula Farm Bobby Alcain (herbal medicine)
Caretakers of Ka’ana the birthplace of hula
Halawa Falls - Kumu Hula ʻAnakala Pilipo Solatorio
Kumu Hula DJ Pelekai Jr.
Kupuna Sue Hollins Eye-Lash yarn lei instructor
FAQ – is this Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi just for hula dancers
No – this Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi is for anyone who feels they would benefit from time on the island of Molokai with Kumu and the Ancestors and would like to learn more about Hawaiian Culture. Practitioners & Teachers will find the content enables them to offer more to their clients and students
FAQ - I never danced hula is that a problem?
No - There will be hula practices for all levels. Best time to start is now :)
FAQ – are healing sessions available with the Kumus
Yes – there is an additional cost for private healing sessions of lomilomi (Hawaiian massage) and/or hoʻoponopono (a traditional process of healing relationships) booked with the Kumu (teachers) or the Poʻopuaʻa (apprentices).
FAQ – how do I pay?
You can pay for the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi online via credit card. No negotiations.
No Refunds. As we are required to prepay all of our costs, we are unable to offer refunds or transfers to other programs. Accommodations require us to put up half the total payment with no refunds. Advance booking for accommodation is necessary on our part, due to the limited availability on Molokai. Especially since it is considered a peak time of visitors coming to Molokai.
Where does the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi take place
Accommodations are being organized. The excursions take place on different locations throughout the island of Molokai.
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