Hawaiian Culture

Hawaiian Culture at Still & Moving Center

ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi -Not all knowledge comes from one school, says an ancient Hawaiian adage.

Still & Moving Center strongly subscribes to this concept. We therefore offer Hawaiian cultural practices side-by-side with many other of the world’s moving and meditational practices. For a culture to truly live, it needs to evolve, adapt, and develop – which cannot happen by keeping it inside a glass box as a museum piece. Cross-pollination keeps any species in the natural world strong and vibrant.

Kumu Mālia Helelā, our traditionally trained cultural practitioner, understands from the Kumulipo – the ancient Hawaiian creation myth – the Hawaiian worldview as the balancing of opposites: male and female, light and dark, land and sea. She recognizes that Hawaiians balance tradition with innovation. They fiercely defend tradition and they vibrantly celebrate innovation.

Kumu Mālia’s hula choreography therefore stays rooted in Hawaiian tradition, yet by working and practicing at Still & Moving Center, she has brought innovation into the way she teaches Hula. Kumu brings principles of alignment from Yoga to Hula, now pointing out the zenith and horizon lines of our arm positions. From Tai Chi she became aware of the important weight-shifts that need to happen from foot to foot as we pendulum our hips in Hula. From Feldenkrais, Kumu Malia brought in listening carefully to our body sensations to perform the hula steps safely, preserving healthy knees and ankles.

Malia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helela

 

Kumu Mālia is beloved by students around the globe for her kind heart and loving style of teaching, not to mention her deep knowledge, beautiful voice and exquisite dancing. She is a traditionally graduated kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner/trainer, as well as a cultural consultant for Still & Moving Center.

Malia Helela completed her hula ʻuniki (graduation) under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park in 2002, and studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. Malia has been teaching both practices ever since to a wide range of students, from infants to kupuna, and leading her halau (school), Nā Hula Ola Aloha. Kumu Malia has personally taught thousands of hula students in Hawaii. Additionally, the many Japanese hula teachers whom she has trained over the years teach hundreds of their own students in Japan using the style, method and philosophy of Kumu Malia’s hula lineage.

Kumu Malia considers her hula practice and lomilomi practice to be two parts of the same whole. From her 20 years of lomi experience, she developed a 128 hour massage training program of her own called Puana Lomilomi, based on the intertwined practices of lomilomi, hula, pule, oli and lei-making.

As a member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Malia participates in the sharing of native Hawaiian healing arts that focus specifically on lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau and hoʻoponopono. Malia regularly teaches lomilomi for the Salvation Armyʻs Womenʻs Way program representing their cultural healing classes for women in recovery.

As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Malia has delivered presentations for Leeward Community College, the Hawaii Yoga Institute, Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Mid Pacific Institute, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Manoa Cottage, Honolulu Theater for Youth, numerous groups of International middle and high school students and Still & Moving Center. Kumu Mālia Helelā is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. As a kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner, she looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration.

Hawaiian Cultural offerings at the Center

  • Keiki Hula Series
  • Hula and Oli for adults – Auwana and Kahiko
  • Lomilomi Training
  • Hula Intensives

Also offering:

  • Upcoming Hawaiian events at the Center
  • Hawaiian themed outings, events and trainings
  • Palena Orientation to Hawaiian Management practices, Ancient wisdom for today’s leaders
    Living on the earthʻs most isolated landmass, early Hawaiians adapted and thrived by managing their precious resources. This management style has at its core a traditional healing prayer that provides direction, bringing all aspects of life into alignment. Palena refers to land boundaries and participants are guided through establishing their own boundaries around business, projects and personal life.
  • Kāheahea Hawaiian Hospitality Training – A true sense of welcome requires us to acknowledge our shared relationships, in a manner that is genuine and inclusive. By defining the ways we are interconnected, we become invested in the wellbeing of our guests. Kāheahea encourages us to turn towards each other, looking again and again for ways to provide service before it is even asked.
  • Puana Lomilomi certification – Lomilomi, like all forms of healing, is an unfolding process of many steps. This approach to lomilomi focuses on settling the nervous system and integrating all parts of the body into one. Drawing on lessons of hula and lei making, students weave lomilomi massage techniques into a tailored treatment that addresses body, mind and spirit.
  • Hiʻuwai ceremony – In the hula community, a sunrise hiʻuwai ceremony often precedes graduations and other significant events. Kumu Mālia has lead consistent quarterly hiʻuwai since 2003, observing every solstice and equinox. Following a pre-dawn meditation, participants gather to chant awake the sun and then go into the water to ceremonially cleanse themselves.
  • Wao lehua guidance for Women – Waolehua is the domain of lehua blossoms. It is a dedicated space for women created near each new moon. These ongoing womenʻs gatherings seek to provide a safe space for uplifting dialogue on any number of topics pertinent to the female experience. Female identifying individuals are warmly welcomed.
  • Keiki Offerings – Kumu Maliaʻs uplifting and engaging style welcomes even the littlest dancers into the world of hula. Classes include seated hula for infants and toddlers together with their caregivers, as well as ongoing classes for elementary aged keiki. Children love lomilomi as well as grownups and Kumu Mālia has provided lessons for keiki and their parents to work on each other.
  • Walk Story: Oahu’s geography of the Hawaiian Healing Arts
  • Waterfall Lei-making outing – If you have ever dreamed of bathing in a mountain pool under a cascading waterfall in Hawai’i, here is your opportunity! Imagine yourself coming upon a beautiful waterfall and mountain pool as you walk through a lush valley. Add the joy of learning a hula dance and making a beautiful lei of native plant materials…what a day!
  • Other offerings (blessings, lei making, poi pounding, etc)

For more information and to make booking requests, please contact info@stillandmovingcenter.com

Upcoming Events

Jan 10, 2021 January 10, 2021, - March 28, 2021,
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For Nia Belts, White Belt or above - FREE during turbulent times (payment options also available for those who feel inclined). Renée asks that you commit to attending the entire series. Learn from a Nia master in action: Debbie Rosas, choreographer of the routine “Velvet”! This beautifully crafted routine combines power and grace with a full-spectrum of movement variety. An experienced Nia teacher (which this Mentorship series helps you to become) could take the gorgeous choreography of any of Velvet’s songs and apply the katas to another piece of music. The routine’s focus on the “Hands” works well with...

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Jan 24, 2021 9:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Functional Hips, Flexible Pelvis & Strong Lower Back: a Feldenkrais® Workshop – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Eva Geueke  Sunday, January 24, 2021  9:45 am - 12:45 pm  HST  $59  20% discount for Golden Circle Members  This Feldenkrais® workshop gives you the chance to re-balance, restore and realign forgotten muscles, connective tissue and organs. By practicing […]

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Feb 06, 2021 February 6, 2021, - February 27, 2021,
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Saturdays, February 6-13-20-27, 2021 3:00 - 7:30 pm HST Price: $395  In English and Japanese, translation by Eriko JonesPre-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! Navigating Through Time - This lomilomi training places emphasis […]

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Feb 19, 2021 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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Weekend Workshop February 19-20-21, 2021Day 1 Friday, February 19, 2021  5:30 - 7:45 pm  HST  3 Day Weekend: $125 Two workshops: $95 One workshop: $55  Day 1 Undo Neck Tension and Re-Align with Feet Release neck tension with the help of these wonderful Awareness through Movement® Feldenkrais lessons. To prevent reoccurring tension, learn to refine […]

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Feb 20, 2021 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
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Weekend Workshop February 19-20-21, 2021Day 2 Saturday, February 20, 2021  12:15 - 2:45 pm  HST  3 Day Weekend: $125 Two workshops: $95  One workshop: $55  Day 2:  Good Knees & Flexible Ankles under a Balanced Head Good Knees, & Flexible Ankles on a Balanced Head Session: Learn to prevent or reduce joint damage and pain […]

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Feb 21, 2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Weekend Workshop, February 19-20-21, 2021Day 3 Sunday, February 21, 2021  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  HST  3 Day Weekend: $125 Two workshops: $95 One workshop: $55  Day 3: Walk Easy, Aligning Head to Toes with a Strong, Mobile Pelvis Learn to make better use of your locomotion’s powerhouse: your hip - pelvis - lower back […]

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Mar 07, 2021 March 7, 2021, - April 25, 2021,
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Sundays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 + April 11, 18, 25  2021 (No class on Easter, April 4) May Day Event on May 1, 2021Price: $130 Drop-in $17 (allowed only May 7 and May 14) Keiki Hula 3-6 Year Olds: Sundays 8:30 am – 9:15 amKeiki Hula 7-12 Year Olds: Sundays 9:30 am – 10:30 amEnrolling your […]

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Dec 31, 2021 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Announcing the new, revised….Still & Moving Center Almanac 2021! This year’s almanac theme of Self-Crafting challenges us to self-define, self-shape, and grow further into the person we long to be. It invites us to sculpt our lives as if creating art. Our aim in this almanac is to each day provide a quote that speaks to your soul. Look for the themes – every day’s quote follows a carefully crafted theme for the week! “When I keep the week’s theme humming in the background of my mind, it helps me put to everything that happens that week into perspective...

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