For over three decades, it’s been my joy to work in diverse communities facilitating trauma recovery, empowering individuals to find their life purpose, and building community resiliency through an integrated wellness approach bridging global ancestral wisdom practices, culture, the arts, humanities, science, green technology and aloha ‘āina– love for the land or environmental stewardship.
I create and implement socially conscious legacy programs for entrepreneurs and organizations through building partnerships between government(s), businesses, charitable organizations and grassroots communities. My passion is creating enduring legacy programs which enhance community and planetary wellness, and builds a more vibrant and sustainable future for generations to come. This is why Live Lōkahi our flagship program was born.
Primarily rooted in native Hawaiian spiritual values and traditions, my practice is reflective of the healing traditions of our family and my personal healing journey. Holistic healing is our kūleana—lineal privilege and responsibility our family has honored since ancient Hawaiʻi.
I received ‘ūniki – “traditional Hawaiian graduation” through learning the esoteric healing traditions of our ʻohana (family) from Hale Makua, my kupuna (elder) who was an internationally respected elder and kahuna – Hawaiian master of esoteric healing arts. I also apprenticed under Dr. Beatrice Krauss, noted Hawaiian ethnobotanist for over fifteen years.
This background allows me to impart the traditional Hawaiian spiritual practices of our ʻohana to clients, which primarily include social entrepreneurs, wellness practitioners (e.g. doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists, psychotherapists, psychologists, naturopaths), governments, foundations, architects, clergy, engineers, scientists and first responders in emergency situations.
A ʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hōʻokahi
Not all knowledge is found in the same school
Professional Profile Abstract
Lani is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, certified health and integrative nutrition coach, public speaker, educator, personal development coach and social business development consultant. Her clients include Fortune 200 and Fortune 500 companies that are committed to creating enduring social legacies which enhance community and planetary wellness. She serves as guest faculty with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing (lecturing on Hawaiian healing traditions), and was invited to serve as faculty for the 2018 Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was a primary figure in establishing Mariska Hargitayʻs Joyful Heart Foundation in Hawai’i, and developed and piloted their first Hawaiian culturally-based curriculum for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse that was successfully implemented across cultures. She also co-produced “Transforming Trauma” – the first Hawaii statewide conference targeted to first-responders. She also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, Native American Administration and First Nations Development Institute (FNDI). In 2019, Lani was invited by University of Massachusetts Social Justice Program to collaborate on a study to prevent or inhibit the progress of dementia and Alzheimers. She is a founding member of The Kohala Center, and a founding member of the Holistic Advisory Committee for the North Hawaii Community Hospital, now an affiliate of Queenʻs Health Care System.
A respected artist, Laniʻs environmental art is included in over 30 corporate collections. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, received her Bachelor of Arts from Scripps College and holds a certificate in indigenous economic development. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal America Program recognized her as an indigenous elder. She served on the Governor’s Task Force On Death and Dying for Bill Moyerʻs documentary series On Our Own Terms. In 2014, the Governor of Hawai’i recognized Lani’s outstanding contributions in Community Engagement. She is a member of the National Association of Experts, Writers and Speakers. She is also a Ford Foundation Fellow and Smithsonian Fellow.
“You’re involved in very transformative work… I feel uplifted by your presence. Thank you for the important work you’re doing!”
~ Jack Canfield, Motivational Speaker and Chicken Soup for the Soul, Co-Creator
“Lani is a master healer of the soul and an embodiment of an ancient Hawaiian lineage that inspires us to claim ourselves as intrinsic members of the Community of All Life. With a deep humility and respect for the Great Mystery, her very presence awakens our best selves to emerge so that we can become the change we wish to see in the world. She is a pure gift!”
~ Gary Malkin, Composer, Graceful Passages, multiple Emmy winner
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