Inspiration Journal - Body - Mind - Spirit
Issue 45 Inspiration Journal, October - November - December 2010
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Char's Message

Moving foreward...

Can you believe it is time to prepare for the upcoming Kaua'i Wellness Expo? Inspiration's 7th Annual Kaua'i Wellness Expo on January 29 -30, 2011 is just a few months away and the program is shaping up beautifully. Our intention is to move forward with Kauai's Island Wide Health Vision:

Malama kou kino, e na ohana, e na aina
Take care of yourself, the families and the land.

Keynote speaker Len Saputo, MD, an internal medicine physician and founder of the Health Medicine Forum, is a dynamic personality who is passionate about healing based on integrative, holistic, person-centered and preventative modalities. Watch for announcements of an Integrative Community Healthcare Forum that will start the conversation for an integrative healthcare system here on Kaua'i.

Also on the program is Grammy Award winner Taiko Master Koji Nakamura and his highly acclaimed team member Steven Nakamura. These outstanding taiko drummers will present an extraordinary show to open the hearts of everyone in the theatre. I invite you to come and hear these sacred taiko drums beating alongside Hawaiian drums led by Kumu Hula Puna Kalama Dawson and her halau. You will feel every cell in your body awaken and vibrate so energetically that you are naturally moved towards peace, harmony and a healthier state of being.

On the "Expo Presents" you will find introductions from speakers Sara Wiseman, Al Diaz and Raul Rosiles. Mahalo to these special guests for coming from the mainland to share their work and knowledge at the Expo. Mark your calendars and plan to be at this exciting Kaua'i Wellness Expo.

It is an honor to present in this issue the life stories of revered Hawaiian healers and teachers Maka'ala Yates, D.C. and Poni Kamau'u, Kumu Hula of Halau Hula o Kaleihulumamo. Steeped deep in Hawaiian traditions, these two inspiring men were chosen by their elders and mentors to serve humanity and perpetuate the rich Hawaiian values for living in peace and harmony as one. Their teachings and stories are full of wisdom for us to contemplate and learn from.

As we move forward through the Holidays, remember to take care of yourself first so you will be able to care for your family, your community and our beautiful island. Malama kou kino, e na ohana, e na aina.



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Featured In This Issue

Grammy Award winner Master Taiko Koji Nakamura coming to the Kaua'i Wellness Expo 2011

Koji Nakamura is considered one of today's foremost taiko artists. His career began in 1982 as a member of Japan's legendary Ondeko-za. In 1985 he became the first leader of the Shumei Taiko Ensemble. Starting with just three drums, three drummers, and two compositions, under his leadership the group evolved to one of taiko's preeminent groups. Among the major guides who have honed Koji Nakamura's artistry are Tagayasu Den of Ondeko-za, who taught the importance of character and dedication, and flutist Meisho Tosha, the Shumei Ensemble's artistic director, who revealed the sophistication and unlimited expression possible within taiko. Primary among Koji's career guides and instructors was Shumei's first taiko artist, Toshiro Ishida, who instilled in him the belief that at heart taiko is a spiritual pursuit. Koji also believes that if taiko holds a purpose beyond pure enjoyment, it is to create harmony amongst people. Koji Nakamura can be heard on most of the Shumei Ensemble's recordings. He was featured on Eugene Friesen's CD, "Sono Miho," and most recently on Paul Winter's CD, "Crestone." His work on the latter resulted in a Grammy Award in 2008

In the Spirit of Lokahi: An Interview on the Work and World Vision of Dr. Maka'ala Yates by Jane Ely

Lokahi is an ancient Hawaiian word with many layers of meanings. For Maka`ala Yates, D. C., lokahi is the essence of unity, peacemaking, harmony, connection and the embracing of diversity. Ho`o lokahi is the action that brings about agreement and unity. But it is much more than this. Yates explains, "In the Hawaiian language there are tones, sounds, meanings within meanings that carry vibrational frequencies of understanding, mana (life force) and healing. Lokahi is the platform upon which to communicate and illuminate healing and more importantly to reunite that which has been broken back into unity, and awareness - in short to renew a way of life." Dr. Yates is a remarkable man with a very large world vision.

From Poni, With Love by Bonnie Breece, Dean of Administration

Hulia i kalani I ka lama ku na'auao... Hearken to the heavens for enlightenment and wisdom.

The Hawaiian culture is piha mana, full to brimming with spirituality. Hulia Kalani inspires people to recognize the magnificent love that is the real force behind everything. Awed and humbled by that great love called Ke Akua, one can live in balance with honor and gratitude and service.

Hulia Kalani was created to preserve and teach an understanding of Kahiko Hawaiian culture to seekers, students and all who are curious, regardless of race, gender or personal creed, offering visitors and locals alike the essentials of practicing Kahiko Hawaiian spirituality in a modern world.

Hulia Kalani classes are designed to gently and lovingly help set aside previous knowledge and awareness of world religions and practices to become completely immersed in the Hawaiian spiritual experience and gain a new core understanding of life, and stimulate a deeper relationship with Ke Akua and spirituality. Students obtain a deeper respect and connection to the Hawaiian host culture that enlightens their daily lives and strengthens their daily practices.

Inspired Destiny Living a Fulfilling and Purposeful Life with Dr. John F. Demartini by Tina Quizon

Deep inside every individual there is a desire or calling to live a truly inspired, purposeful and meaningful life; a life so fulfilled that they feel gratefully empowered in many if not all of the seven key areas of life: spiritual, mental, financial, vocational, family, physical and social.

Many people though, feel constrained or frustrated and bogged down by fears and guilt because they have not yet discovered the essential insights, tools, principles or methodologies that could actually help them fulfill such an inspiring life and dream. But no matter what they have been through or what they are going through, the truth is they truly can, and deserve to live such a life. They can live an inspiring destiny.

Cover photo credit: Koji Nakamura photo taken by Matthew Crowley

Other articles:

  • Amazing Mindy Pennybacker by Andrea Nandoskar
  • How Depression Affects Your Body!by Francine Kanter CCH, RsHom
  • Into the Bliss by Diane Cline, RYT
  • The Pilates Buzz by Terri Hunter
  • Body Sustainability with YogAlign by Michaelle Edwards
  • Vegen Fusion: Szechuan Tempeh and Veggies by Chef Mark Reinfeld

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