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Lomilomi Massage Training In-person – Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment

September 4, 2022, @ 5:00 pm - October 2, 2022, @ 8:30 pm HST

October 2nd Lomilomi Massage Training: Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment
With a focus on the Skeletal System & Permissions 

In-person with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula and kumu lomilomi

Sundays, 5:00-8:30 pm HST
September 4 to October 2, 2022*
+ closing ceremony October 2nd from 8:30 – 9:30 pm HST

Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send an email to Kumu Mālia at malia@stillandmovingcenter.com to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the course. Mahalo!

Lomilomi & hula have been shaped over time by the structure & rhythm of the Hawaiian environment. Hawaiʻi occupies a unique place in the world. The Hawaiian Islands rise from a hot spot at the center of the Pacific and stretch along the tradewinds belt. As keen observers of nature, early Hawaiian voyagers adapted themselves to their new home and lived closely intertwined with their beloved ʻāina (lands).

This training will ground the practitioner in the study of the skeletal system and the movement of bones in lomilomi and hula. We will look to the land and see ourselves reflected there. This course will include hula and oli kāhea (chants asking permission to enter) to strengthen elements of rhythm, grounding, humility and observation that are vital to the study of lomilomi.

This “Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment” module of Kumu Malia’s lomilomi massage training is one of 8 complementary training modules, each 16 hours long. Malia’s 8 modules*, each with its own focus, provide 128 hours of training to comprise her full culturally-based approach to lomilomi massage. 

Hands on lomilomi techniques will be introduced from the first lesson, so come prepared to practice. A person to practice on is welcome but not required.

Hawaiian lomilomi massage is unique in all of the ways that Hawai’i is unique. Lomilomi acknowledges and appreciates the influence of Hawaii’s natural environment on its healing practices. This training provides a foundation in lomilomi that is appropriate for use in a spa setting or within the family. 

Topics in the training include, but are not limited to, Hawaiian terminology for the course, opening and closing protocols, palpation, using the bones as guides, and body systems found in nature. To complement the lomilomi massage techniques, students also learn relevant components of oli (chanting), hula (dance), pule (prayer) and ‘olelo (language). Students will also learn the significance of the moon throughout this training.


How much you pay for training and practice can be an act of justice. For those of you who can afford to pay on the higher end of the scale, your payment helps to support those who cannot. This is one way to leverage our privilege and stand for equity for everyone. If you cannot pay the higher end suggested, consider what is authentically sustainable for you, and pay that. Please contact us at 808-397-7678 to select the Community rate.

  • $525   | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)
  • $475   | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)
  • $425   | Community Rate (discounted)

Value of this training: $475
If none of the above pricing options are within your means, please contact us at info@stillandmovingcenter.com for more options.


  • Printouts of the handouts that you will be emailed in advance 
  • Pareau/sarong or sheet
  • Assorted pillows / cushions
  • Floor covering for a bare floor, such as yoga mat or area rug, unless you have a massage table
  • Massage oil or lotion of your choice

    *9/25 class will be held online


  1. Origins and Source of Hawaiian Healing Practices 
  2. Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment 
  3. Moving Through Space 
  4. Basis of Touch Communication 
  5. Grounded & Growing 
  6. Corners of the Body
  7. The Lit House 
  8. Navigating Through Time

Kumu Mālia
Kumu Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā  strives to live a life of grace. She began her formal training in lomilomi as a teenager. She was licensed by the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998 and as an esthetician in 2002. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. Her hula halau, which meets at Still & Moving Center, is named Na Hula Ola Aloha. Completing her ‘uniki under Pulu’elo Park, Kumu Hula,  in 2002, Kumu Mālia now teaches hula and oli (traditional Hawaiian chanting) to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to kupuna. Mālia studied oli under John Keola Lake, Kumu Hula. She has received her advanced lomilomi training from Kumu Keola Chan. She continues to look to the beauty and grace of the Hawaiian environment for grounding and inspiration.

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September 4, 2022, @ 5:00 pm HST
October 2, 2022, @ 8:30 pm HST
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