Sedona AZ (September 11, 2015) – Two Hawaiian practioners of Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala , the ancient art of Aloha wisdom and energy, will present workshops at Sedona OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 34. Sedona OLLI is at 4215 Arts Village Drive in West Sedona.
The programs are free and open to the public.
Mahealani Kuamo’o Henry and La’akea Rumsey will discuss the history of Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala, a Hawaiian spiritual practice dating from 342 A.D., and how to integrate it into today’s daily lifestyle. The two women have just returned from a tour of the South Pacific, where they held workshops and demonstrated the simple technique, also known as the art of forgiveness (“I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you”).
Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala literally means “the path of making good better.” It recognizes that “we are all in the same canoe, on the same journey as sprititual beings and navigating life with self-greatness.” It is a philosophy of daily living in love and gratitude, a practice that guided ancient Hawaiian people, who lived in harmony for over one thousand years before Tahitians arrived and established a system of royalty. The concepts of Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala help people choose and maintain a positive attitude.
Mahealani Kuamo’o is a “Kumu ‘Elele O Na Kupuna,” a teacher and messenger for the ancestors. Hawaiian-born into a priestly Kuamo’o family, she received training in Ho’opono Pono Ke Ala from her grandfather. In 1990 he told Mahealani that the time was right for her to share the ancient traditions with others. She began teaching on the island of Hawaii, and has welcomed people from the US, Germany, Japan, and Australia. She has traveled to the US, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and most recently to the South Pacific, rebuilding the spiritual bridge among people of the Pacific islands. She is recognized by the state of Hawaii to perform spiritual ceremonies, including weddings and blessings. She also gives three-day spiritual journeys, tours to sacred places, and personal spiritual counseling.
La’akea is a “Alakai’i,” an assistant to the Kumu, and joined Mahealani in 2010. She was born in Utah of European and Native-American Shoshone parents, and has lived most of her adult life in Hawaii as an artist, teacher, business owner, and canoe paddler-navigator on the island of Moloka’i. Both she and Mahealani live on the southeastern part of Hawaii Island, Hawaii. They are anticipating their first trip to Sedona, and hope to touch as many hearts and lives as possible.