About The Teacher
Mālia Ko’i’ulaokawaolehua Helelā is a traditionally graduated kumu hula, lomilomi practitioner and cultural consultant for Still & Moving Center. She completed her ʻūniki under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park in 2002, and studied Oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. Malia has been teaching both practices ever since to a wide range of students, from infants to kupuna, and leading her halau, Nā Hula Ola Aloha. As an ambassador and guest lecturer of Hawaiian culture, Malia has delivered presentations 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, numerous groups of International middle and high school students and Still & Moving Center. A member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, Malia participates in the sharing of native Hawaiian healing arts that focus specifically on lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau and hoʻoponopono. As part of their cultural healing program, Malia regularly teaches lomilomi for theSalvation Armyʻs Womenʻs Way program. Through her 20 year lomilomi practice, she developed a 128 hour massage curriculum called Puana Lomilomi, a practice based on the intertwined practices of lomilomi, hula, pule, oli and lei making. Her hula practice and lomilomi practice, she says, are the same. Kumu Hula Mālia Helelā is currently researching and writing a trilogy of historic novels centered on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. As a Kumu Hula and lomilomi practitioner, she looks to the 'āina for grounding and inspiration.