Mālia Helelā

Mālia Helelā – Kumu Hula & Lomilomi Trainer

As a kumu hula and lomilomi massage practitioner and trainer, Mālia looks to the ‘āina, the land, for grounding and inspiration.

An amazing Hawaiian hula class teacher, Kumu Mālia simultaneously plays the ‘ukulele, dances, cues her students’ steps, sings in a lovely voice and translates Hawaiian into English. It’s a wonder to behold and a joy to dance to! Even more importantly, Mālia’s students experience a deep sense of welcome. Preserving the lineage of her teachers, Kumu Mālia grounds her dancing in traditional steps, songs and rhythms, while also composing original Hawaiian songs, chants and choreography. Come experience an authentic Hawaiian hula class, in person or online. 

Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā strives to live a life of grace. Her hula hālau, or school, named Nā Hula Ola Aloha, meets at Still & Moving Center. Completing her ‘ūniki under Kumu Hula Puluelo Park in 2002, she now teaches hula and oli to a wide range of students, from infants and toddlers to elders, kupuna. Mālia studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chanting) under Kumu Hula John Keola Lake.

Mālia’s mother gave baby Mālia massage from birth. As a teenager, Mālia began her formal training in lomilomi massage earning her license from the State of Hawaii as a massage therapist in 1998. She teaches that the foundations of hula and lomilomi massage are the same: moving harmoniously with the beautiful Hawaiian environment.

As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Kumu Mālia Helelā frequently officiates at events and delivers presentations, such as 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, Gandhi International Institute for Peace, groups of international middle and high school students, and of course Still & Moving Center.

Mālia became a recording artist in 2020, bringing out her first album. “Keiki Hula Love” consists of original songs for children. She is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia areas of Waikiki. You can experience Mālia’s exuberant love for her homeland and culture whenever you take a Hawaiian hula class, a training or a lomilomi massage from her!

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Sep 03, 2022 September 3, 2022, - October 15, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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Saturdays, 11:15 am-12:15 pm HSTSeptember 3 - October 15, 2022$210 plus taxFor ages 7 to 13 Drop-in lessons are offered through Aug 27, 2022 Students will have the opportunity to perform at our annual Diwali celebration in October, 2022 In this weekly series, keiki aerialists will learn choreography and routine progression. Possible apparatus include aerial […]

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Sep 04, 2022 September 4, 2022, - October 2, 2022,
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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 HSTSeptember 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 […]

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Sep 06, 2022 September 6, 2022, - October 18, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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7 Week Series:September 6 - October 18, 2022Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm HST $210 plus taxDrop-in classes open through Aug 30, 2022 This 7 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Diwali Celebration in October, 2022 In this class, you will learn dance skills in the Hammock, as well as in floor exercises and […]

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Sep 09, 2022 September 9, 2022, - October 21, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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7-Week Series:September 9 - October 21, 2022Fridays 5:30 - 6:30 pm HST$210 plus taxDrop-in classes open through September 2, 2022 Participants will have the opportunity to perform at our Annual Diwali celebration in October, 2022. What does it feel like to move in and suspend in the air, and have increased body awareness and balance? […]

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Sep 11, 2022 September 11, 2022, - December 11, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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    This class is for 7 to 12 year olds 12 week Fall Series: Sep 11 to Dec 11, 2022 (no class Sep 25 & Nov 27, 2022)Sundays, 9:15-10:15 am Plus performances for Diwali Oct 23 and Merry & Bright Dec 17, 2022 Price: $230   Participation in this hula halau (school) is one […]

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Sep 15, 2022 September 15, 2022, - December 15, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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    This class is for 3 to 6 year olds 12 week Fall Series: Sep 15 to Dec 15, 2022 (no class Sep 22 & Nov 24, 2022) Thursdays, 4:00- 4:45 pm Plus performances for Diwali Oct 23 and Merry & Bright Dec 17, 2022 Price: $230  Participation in this hula halau (school) is one […]

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Sep 24, 2022 September 24, 2022, - October 30, 2022,
HI United States
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Sep 30, 2022 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Global, HI United States
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Oct 02, 2022 October 2, 2022, - May 28, 2023,
Hawaii, HI United States
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 Wisdom SeekersYouth group for 5-7 year olds Outdoor & Indoor Explorationof the World’s Wisdom Tradition 2 Sundays a month, 4:00-4:45 pmOctober 2022- May 2023Kaneohe Bay Accepting Applications Kindly call 808.397.7678 and ask for Reneeinfo@stillandmovingcenter.com INTRODUCTORY GATHERING FOR PARENTS:Sunday, September 25, 2022, 4:00pmKaneohe, Oahu Children of light, as ye go forth into the world,Seek to render […]

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Oct 05, 2022 October 5, 2022, - December 16, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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Oct 5 to Dec 16,   40 hour courseNow Accepting Applications! Contact: douglas@academyofmindfulmovement.com  The Academy of Mindful Movement trains Instructors and Coaches from the athletic, performance, exercise, recreational and therapeutic worlds to teach their disciplines Mindfully.Join experienced movement coaches and teachers from around the globe at the Academy of Mindful Movement for live, highly interactive Level 1 Training, […]

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