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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May 07, 2021 May 7, 2021, - June 25, 2021,
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 8 week seriesMay 7 to June  25, 2021Fridays 5:30-6:30pm HST$199 plus tax Next 8 week series will take place Sep 17 to Nov 5, 2021and will culminate in a performance for our annual Diwali celebration on Nov 7, 2021. Click here for more info     What does it feel like to move in and […]

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Jun 07, 2021 June 7, 2021, - June 28, 2021,
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Mondays, June 7-14-21-28, 2021 4:30 - 8:30 pm HST Price: $395  20% discout to Golden Circle members In English ONLYPre-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 […]

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Jun 19, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Saturday, June 19, 2021  5:00 - 6:30 pm HST/8:00 - 9:30 pm PST / Sunday 12:00 - 13:30 JST Free! Replay: Monday, June 21 at 12-1:30 pm HST/3-4:30 pm PST / 6-7:30 pm EST Kindly reserve your spot in advance to receive your zoom linkCelebrate Hawaii’s 3rd annual International Yoga Day: Renaissance Yoga  A man […]

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Jun 26, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Intro to MELT Method Workshop - In-person with Katharine Harts   Saturday, June 26, 20212:00-4:00pm HST$39  (includes MELT equipment usage) 20 % Golden Circle & Platinum member DiscountWhat is the MELT Method??  Perhaps you’ve heard about it from your friends and have been wondering. Come to Still & Moving Center for this In-Person workshop to […]

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Jun 27, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Sunday, June 27, 2021  1:30 - 3:30 pm  HST  Price: $35 20 % Discount for Golden Circle & Platinum membersEveryone is now enjoying our new freedoms and being able to picnic outdoors, so let’s continue with our picnic theme!  With the 4th of July just around the corner, Sheila will show you how to prepare: […]

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Jul 04, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free! Invite your friends, near & far! Come experience a total of 4 LIVE ONLINE, INTERACTIVE class combo options for EVERYONE. By attending our annual New Year’s SuperClass, you have a chance to experience 4 mini-classes in just 2 hours. Lots of movement forms: some teachers you know and love, some teachers you’re bound to appreciate once you sample a class with them. Lots of fun! Amongst the choices offered: a new iteration of ELDOA Method for strength, Melt method to release, Feldenkrais to focus inwards & Belly Dance to shake it out. Also on offer will be Yoga sessions to…

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Jul 24, 2021 July 24, 2021, - July 31, 2021,
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Set of 2 workshopsJuly 24 & 31, 2021Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm HST$70      Here is your opportunity to learn more advanced aerial skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will practice in the straight silks, as well as on the floor, developing the body skills so important to being successful, having fun, understanding how your […]

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Aug 14, 2021 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Saturday August 14, 20213:30 - 6:30 pm HST  (Sunday 10:30 am -1:30 pm JST) $79 20%  discount for Golden Circle & Platinum MembersExperience this amazingly effective yet gentle movement modality: The Feldenkrais Method®. Regenerate your nervous system and free your neck, shoulders and hips with U.S. Feldenkrais® Guild certified teacher, Eva Alewa Geueke. This workshop […]

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Aug 21, 2021 August 21, 2021, - August 28, 2021,
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Set of 2 workshopsAugust 21 & 28, 2021Saturdays, 1:00-2:30pm HST$70      Here is your opportunity to learn more advanced aerial skills in a safe and supportive environment. You will practice in the straight silks, as well as on the floor, developing the body skills so important to being successful, having fun, understanding how your […]

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Sep 14, 2021 September 14, 2021, - November 2, 2021,
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8 week seriesSep 14 to Nov 2, 2021Tuesdays, 7:15-8:15pm HST $199 plus tax  This 8 week series will culminate in a performance for our annual Diwali presentation Nov 7, 2021   In this class, you will learn dance skills in the Hammock, as well as in floor exercises and stretching. The techniques and strength-building exercises are […]

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