Ke Kumu ‘O Mauna Lani Set for June 8-12

Spiritual masters of Hawaiian culture join international health and wellness visionaries

By: Dawna Robertson

The third Ke Kumu ‘O Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani, The Source) retreat will kick off June 8, 2006 at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Mauna Lani Spa at the Mauna Lani Resort.

The cultural and spa retreat will feature four days of workshops and interactive seminars led by Hawaiian and internationally acclaimed masters in living healthy, mindful and spiritually fulfilling lives. The event is designed to foster uniquely Hawaiian experiences for participants through their personal contact with these experts.

Throughout history, the nourishing spirit of Kalahuipuaa, now known as Mauna Lani, has been revered and cherished by the people of the Islands. In the past, one could only visit by invitation from Hawaiian royalty. Now, Mauna Lani invites guests to honor this legacy and join in the spirit of health and renewal.

“We’re very privileged that Mauna Lani is on sacred land,” said Sylvia Sepielli, owner of Sylvia Planning & Design (SPAd), the company that operates Mauna Lani Spa. “Especially local people know that this is a place to recuperate. The land here has been protected, respected and honored.”

The power of the land where Mauna Lani is located is what attracts attendees who are in transition, Sepielli added.

“We see people looking for personal enrichment and ways to find balance in their lives,” she explained. “It’s not a fitness event. It’s about people learning about themselves and life.”

The core theme that runs through the retreat is healing, explained Sepielli. “Every culture that has existed has healing aspects individual to that culture,” she said. “Ke Kumu shares these philosophies and practices, teaching that basic truths run cross culturally.”

Sepielli added that attendees looking for a way to heal range from family members trying to re-bond to people dealing with divorce, illness or death.

While the 2006 line-up of Ke Kumu presenters and speakers is still in the works, several have made early commitments.

The Hawaiian Masters

Danny Kaniela Akaka, Mauna Lani’s resident Hawaiian historian and kumu (teacher), will lead discussions with local kupuna (elders), kahu (Hawaiian spiritual leaders) and healers on the history and legends of Mauna Lani and spiritual healing on the Big Island.

The Lifestyle Experts

Dr. Jeffry S. Life of the Cenegenics Medical Institute will discuss the wisdom and tools necessary to help in aging successfully.

Roger Gabriel has assisted Deepak Chopra with numerous seminars and workshops, teaching meditation. Having traveled extensively in India, Gabriel will explain his deep appreciation of its spiritual and cultural wealth.

Ke Kumu Room and Event Packages

Special Ke Kumu Room and Event Packages include four-night garden-view accommodations at Mauna Lani Bay from $1,450. The Ke Kumu room package also includes attendance for one at:

Welcome and Opening Reception on June 8

Daily Workshops on June 9, June 10 and June 11

Hands-on interactive demonstrations with Mauna Lani’s Executive Chef

Final Night Dinner Garden Party on June 11

Individual Day Passes will also be available for purchase on-line or by phone beginning March 1. For specific Ke Kumu details and package information, contact Susan Bredo, Event Director, at 808-885-6622.

Recognized for offering a unique “sense of place” with surrounding ancient Hawaiian fishponds, petroglyph fields and Hawaiian preservation sites, Mauna Lani Spa reflects the Resort’s lifework to preserve the cultural and spiritual environment of Hawaii. Built amid ancient Hawaiian lava tubes, Kahi Kihaka (place of soaring) harnesses the energy and healing elements of the land and incorporates both into every therapy session. The facility will be a focal point at the Ke Kumu event.


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