LAWAI- Experience the heart of Hawaiian culture and its herbal medicine tradition at a special event on Saturday, July 30th at the Lawai International Center in Lawai.
This extremely popular workshop will be led by Sean Chun, a renowned Hawaiian cultural practitioner, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Chun will demonstrate Hawaiian healing methodology and philosophy, including the use of laau and hooponopono. Laau is healing with spirituality and herbs that addresses the body, mind, and spirit. Hooponopono is a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
"We'll talk about an overview of traditional Hawaiian healing, history and about various arts that are practiced. A lot that's out there today isn't really traditional," Chun said. "I try to bring more awareness."
Chun combines manao (knowledge) he's gained from many teachers throughout the years and from the different islands. He said. "A lot of them have passed already. There's not many people that practice what they taught."
"Holding the workshop and demonstration at the Lawai International Center is fitting. It's a good combination of place, time and people who really understand what healing's all about," Chun said.
There will be a $50 minimum donation. To register online, visit www.lawaicenter.org or text or call (808) 639-5952, [email protected]
The Lawai International Center, a non-profit community project, is an archaeological and cultural treasure in a valley that has long been recognized as a healing sanctuary. In 1904, the first generation of Japanese immigrants built 88 shrines replicating an ancient pilgrimage of 88 temples in Shikoku, Japan. Today, the Center is the only such site existing outside of Japan and is one of the oldest Buddhist temple sites in the country. Volunteers are bringing these shrines and this valley back to prominence as an international center for compassion, education, and cultural understanding. For more information about the Center, visit www.lawaicenter.org. The workshop address is 3381 Wawae Road, Kalaheo, HI 96741.
This special event is made possible with the generous support of the Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.