MOLOKAI HULA BLISS & HUAKAʻI MAY 28 - JUNE 7 2019

Welcome to the sixth annual of the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi (journey), hosted by Kumu Pa'a Lawrence Aki and his Hālau (school) Mana O Molokai. We would love to for you to experience the true aloha spirit of Molokai, of the people and the island itself. Aloha means unconditional love, which is shared in the hula (Hawaiian Dance) , the moʻolelo (stories) and the oli (chants).

Come and feel the land, 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 sustains the local people 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 Pule Oʻo - Molokai Island of Powerful Prayers
— ʻŌlelo Noʻeau - Molokai Proverb
 
 Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki at the closing ceremony Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018

Kumu Paʻa Lawrence Aki at the closing ceremony Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018

your host and cultural expert

Kumu Pa'a Lawrence Aki is born and raised in the valley of Halawa, Molokai, Hawaii. 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 (apprentices) Kathryn Roberts & Kyrian van Vliet, in our fifth annual 10-Day Molokai Hula Bliss & Huaka'i – a complete Immersion Program in Hawaiian Culture, Spirituality and Traditional Practices of 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 heroic Molokai chiefs and chieftesses as well as teaching the ancient Hawaiian knowledge of spirituality and healing. 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 teachers 49th Generation Kumu Hula Anakala (Uncle) Pilipo and Kumu Hula Aunty Harriet Ne. 

Note that space is truly limited for our Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2019. If you are the one who needs to be there make your booking here.

I donʻt want students, I am looking for the teachers to share the knowledge and wisdom, because the world today is in great need of teachers.
— 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 28th and the closing ceremony on June 7, 2019.  What are you going to experience during his journey?

  • Ceremonies: protocols and process

  • Classes & Presentations:

    • Introduction "Molokai Nui A Hina, Molokai Island Child of the great Mother, Protector and Goddess Hina"

    • Online classes Oli (Hawaiian Chant) in the beginning of 2019

    • Hula Auwana (modern style hula) and Hula Kahiko (Traditional 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. Hoʻomākaukau!

 49th Generation Anakala Pilipo Solatorio & 51st generation Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster of Mana O Kahiko

49th Generation Anakala Pilipo Solatorio & 51st generation Kumu Paʻa Kawika Foster of Mana O Kahiko


“A very deep experience of ceremonies, story telling, visiting sacred sites, hula, chanting, feeling the interconnectedness with the people, the environment and the ancestors, shared cooking and meals, learning how to function and move as a group, developing rich friendships.”
— Jen B. from Perth, West-Australia, Participant of Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018.


Participants dancing the hula they just learnt at the closing ceremony of the Molokai Hula Bliss & Huaka'i (Journey) 2018. The hula was created and taught by Kumu Hula DJ Pelekai. The beautiful song is Lei Pua Hinahina by Kuana Torres Kahele. You can buy the song here.

FAQ – how much and what’s included:

USD $3,200.00 Ten (10) nights shared accommodation from May 28th - June 7th

  • All meals except when dining out

  • All tuition

  • 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

  • Check-in May 28th at 3:00PM, Check-out June 7th at 10:00AM

  • Participants prepare their own meals

Additional fees (Makana) of USD $20.00 per activities:

  • Moʻoula Falls Hike

  • Na Pulapula Organic Farm

  • Hula Lessons.

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 (teachers) 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 September 1st, 2018. The second payment of USD $1,000 is due December 1st, 2018. The remaining balance of USD $1,200 is due March 1st, 2019. 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 since it is considered a peak time of visitors coming to Molokai. 


I learnt about the importance of culture within a community of people;

I have remembered that words (aloha/mahalo/pono) have a meaning; that we are all connected; that behaviour (ceremony/protocol) has an impact; that we influence each other.

I have remembered the truth about nature - the important role of the land, sea, animals and elements in our day to day lives.

I have experienced how story, expressed through dance, words, or location, can transform your soul, emotions, thoughts, words and behaviour.

I now, without a doubt, acknowledge that it starts with the spirit, then mind, then body.
— Courtney W., Aidelaide, Australia. Participant Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018

 
Kumu Lawrence Aki

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Where does the molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi take place

Accommodations are being organized. The excursions take place on different locations on the island of Molokai.

 


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What I liked about the Molokai hula Bliss & Huakaʻi was, visiting the sacred sites and hearing the mo’olelo (story, red.)that goes with each site; and learning the Kahiko Hula
— Julia A., Sydney, Australia. Hawaiian Bodywork Practitioner & Participant of Molokai Hula Bliss & Huakaʻi 2018