let molokai embrace you on a journey of lifetime

Are you looking for that genuine aloha- unconditional love? Do you feel the call of the island of Molokai with its ancient culture and traditions? Would you love to learn more about hula, the Hawaiian dance and to know and see where the dances come from? To feel the land, to breath in the ocean breeze and experience the lush and bountiful valleys of Molokai? Prepare yourself to hear, feel and see the ancestors communicating with you and recharge yourself for the next part of your life...

Molokai Hula Bliss & Huaka'i is an experience where you will dive deep in to the cultural traditions and honour the ancestors and its inhabitants properly. You will learn the ancient teachings which sustained the Hawaiians up until this day. Hula is life; hula is way to preserve history, culture and honor places and its people. The hula you will learn are firmly rooted in the land, of which you will visit the sacred sites, some rarely accessible. Read on..

Molokai Nui A Hina - Molokai Island Child of the Great Goddess Hina
— ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Molokai Proverb
 
Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki at the opening ceremony Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2017

Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki at the opening ceremony Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2017

your expert guide and cultural teacher

Kumu Pa'a Lawrence Aki from the valley of Halawa, Molokai, Hawaii, is born and raised on the island. His maternal grandmother Bernice Kawailani Nahoopii was his first teacher, accompanied by a great many grandaunts and granduncles. For 35+ years he was taught the ancient Hawaiian traditions by his still living blood-uncle Kumu Hula Anakala Pilipo Solatorio. Joining him on the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi are Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster, and his two Poʻopuaʻa (apprentice) Kathryn Roberts & Poʻopuaʻa (apprentice) Kyrian van Vliet, in our Annual 13-Day Molokai Hula Bliss & Huaka'i – a complete Immersion Program in Hawaiian Culture, Spirituality and Traditional Practices on the island of Molokai.

50th Generation Teacher Kumu Pa'a Lawrence Aki is known for his knowledge on the history of Molokai; his engaging telling of the famous Moʻolelo, stories, of the chiefs and chieffesses as well as teaching the Hawaiian knowledge of spirituality and healing which was passed down to him word for word, tone for tone. If you want to know more about the Wahi Pana (sacred sites), or the many archeological sites of Molokai, Kumu Lawrence will share the story with great passion and detail as was shared with him by his main teachers Anakala Pilipo and Aunty Harriet Ne. 

Note that space is truly limited for our Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018. If you are the one who needs to be there make your booking here.

Much of the ancient knowledge preserved and taught in Halawa Valley Molokai was at Na Heiau (ancient temples/schools) in Halawa. Its structures of stone walls still exist till this day.
— Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki , 50th Generation of Traditional Hawaiian Teachings

Program

The Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi is a journey with an opening ceremony on May 29th and the closing on June 10, 2018.  What are you going to experience during his journey?

  • Ceremonies: protocols and process 
  • Classes & Presentations: 
    • Introduction Molokai Nui A Hina
    • Online classes Oli (Hawaiian Chant) in the beginning of 2018
    • Hula Auwana (modern style hula)
    • Oli (Hawaiian Chant)
    • Laʻau Lapaʻau (Hawaiian Herbal Medicine)
    • Leimaking
  • Excursions and including hearing the Moʻolelo (stories): 
    • Places of Wahi Pana (sacred) and  archeological sites of Molokai
    • Kalaupapa Lookout & Phallic Rocks
    • Waikolo Lookout
  • Working the land with Uncle Bobby Alcain on the Na Pulapula Farm

Note there is always a chance of the content and program having changes along the way. Be prepared for anything all the time is what we call it: Being Mākaukau!

Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster showing the students how to make lei (garland) of ti leaves

Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster showing the students how to make lei (garland) of ti leaves


 

There’s so much on offer to you that we can’t fit it all in this small space. If you’re interested in learning more:

Contact Kumu Lawrence via Messenger or send us an email


Unforgettable first day with Molokai Ohana..the time with Nā Kupuna now lives deep within me...the energy is strong and unwavering.... the aloha here is supreme...so much connection....only the first full day in Moloka’i, but truly a day I will never forget. [..]
All in all, I feel this Island of Molokai, these Elders, these Kumu these po’e....and especially this Kumu...Kumu Pa’a Lawrence Aki, has been the very place and the very people I have spent all these years looking for. I have never felt more welcome and felt so much aloha than here and now. I feel truly blessed and have never been more complete as a human. This moku is a small town kinda island, not like any of the other islands, but is by far my most cherished and will always be first in my heart. Moloka’i no ka heke.
— Kumu Hula F. M. Harder of Halau Hula O Ka Mahina Poepoe, Participant of Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2017

FAQ – how much and what’s included:

$2 900 which includes thirteen (13) nights shared accommodation from May 29 - June 10 PLUS

  • All meals - except tipping for dining out
  • All tuition and learning activities
  • Ground transportation for all events
  • Pick-up and drop-off to Hoolehua Airport (MKK) if needed
  • Direct access to both Kumu Pa’a Lawrence & Kumu Pa’a Kawika

Additional fees (Makana) would be USD $20.00 per each following activities Falls Hike, Bobby Alcain Organic Farm, and Hula. To be collected prior to each event by Kyrian.

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 love 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, and the journey will incorporate places which are honored in those hula dances.

FAQ – are healing sessions available with the Kumus:

Yes – there is an additional cost for private healing sessions booked with the Kumu or the Po’opua’a (apprentices)

FAQ – how do I pay?

You can pay for the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi online via credit card. Your deposit of USD $1,000 is due January 1, 2018. The remaining balance of USD $1,900 is due May 1st 2018. No Negotiations. As we are required to pre-pay 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 it is considered a pick time of visitors coming to Molokai. 


From Hawaii to Broken Hill. Home safe and sound. What an incredible life changing Huaka’i. [..]
— H. Mayne, (Australia) Lomilomi Practitioner / Participant Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2017

 

Where does the molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi take place

Accommodations are still being organized.


What has pulled on my heart strings so far is the Aloha and wisdom shared by the Kupuna’s (Elder’s) of the land. This journey has given the opportunity to be part of ceremonies at Sacred sites and protocols for everyday life as well as much more. No words can express the true essence of this journey, it needs to be experienced.
— J. Corrigan (Sydney, Australia) Participant of Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2017

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Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018

Our fifth annual Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018. Hosted by Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki.

13-day fully inclusive retreat on the island of Molokai from May 29th to June 10th. Complete immersion in the Hawaiian Traditions and culture of Molokai. You will learn:

  • Traditional Hawaiian protocol & ceremony
  • Appropriate Hawaiian chants (oli)
  • Hawaiian Hula Dance
  • Moʻolelo (stories) preserving history of the island of Molokai
  • Visit rarely accessible sacred and historic sites 

You will have the experience of the spirit of Aloha and Hoʻokipa (hospitality) truly entails by the island and her people. 

"We will share the protocols involved while learning and growing in the spiritual understanding of our ancestors." 

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**Absolutely no refund**

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