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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Global, HI United States
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Jul 17, 2022 July 17, 2022, - August 7, 2022,
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This class is for 7 to 12 year oldsJuly 17- August 7, 2022Sundays, 9:15 -10:15 am HST Price $65   Children who participate in hula hālau (school) receive one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Kumu Mālia teaches the basic moves of both hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula 'auana (modern hula), […]

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Jul 18, 2022 July 18, 2022, - August 8, 2022,
Global, HI United States
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This class is for 3 to 6 year oldsJuly 18- August 8, 2022Mondays, 3:00-3:45 pm HST Price $65   Children who participate in hula hālau (school) receive one of the best introductions to Hawaiian language and culture. Kumu Mālia teaches the basic moves of both hula kahiko (ancient hula) and hula 'auana (modern hula), as […]

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Jul 31, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Aug 15, 2022 August 15, 2022, - August 18, 2022,
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AIReal Hammock Dance Teacher Trainingwith Carmen Curtis - AIReal Yoga™ Founder  Renowned Yoga Instructor, Elite Athlete & Cirque du Soleil Performance Aerialist Aug 15-18, 2022 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur 9:00-12:00 + 2:00-5:00pm Price: $64520% discount for Golden & Platinum Circle membersThis 24 hour Aerial Teacher Training covers the foundations and fundamentals of aerial hammock dance. […]

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Aug 19, 2022 August 19, 2022, - August 21, 2022,
HI United States
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AIReal Restore:  Restorative Aerial Yoga TrainingThe gentler side of Aerial Yogawith Carmen Curtis - AIReal Yoga™ Founder  Renowned Yoga Instructor, Elite Athlete & Cirque du Soleil Performance Aerialist Aug 19-21, 2022 Fri:  9:00-10:30 + 1:30-5:00pm Sat:  1:00-6:00pmSun: 1:00-6:00pm  Price: $465 20% discount for Golden & Platinum Circle members This immersive 15 hour training gives you a comprehensive […]

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Aug 21, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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August 21, 2022 5:00 - 7:00 pm (HST) Price: $69Rather than an in-depth lomilomi training, this is a stand-alone event for you to enjoy on a single day. 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 […]

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Sep 04, 2022 September 4, 2022, - October 2, 2022,
HI United States
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Oct 2Lomilomi Massage Training: Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment with a focus on the Skeletal System & Permissions LIVE Online, Interactive with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula and kumu lomilomi Sundays, 5:00-8:30 pm HSTSep 4 to Oct 2, 2022+ closing ceremony Oct 2 from 8:30 - 9:30 pm HST Pre-registration is required. Currently accepting students. Please send […]

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Oct 05, 2022 October 5, 2022, - December 17, 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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Nov 05, 2022 November 5, 2022, - December 10, 2022,
HI United States
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Lomilomi Massage Training: Connecting to the Hawaiian Environment with a focus on the Skeletal System & Permissions LIVE Online, Interactive with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula and kumu lomilomi Saturdays,  4:00-7:30 pm HSTNov 5 to Dec 10, 2022 (off Nov 26)+ closing ceremony Dec 10 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm HST ロミロミ マッサージトレーニング: ハワイの自然と繋がる 〜骨格について&許可を求めることの大切さについてライブ・交流型オンライントレーニング講師:マリア・ヘレラ〜クムフラ&クム・ロミロミ ハワイ時間:土曜日 4:00-7:30 […]

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