Ke Kumu Photo The second Ke Kumu 'O Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani, The Source) retreat kicks off May 27th 2005, a highly anticipated event that fosters uniquely Hawaiian experiences for participants through personal interactions with Hawaiian masters as well as lifestyle experts from around the world.

The first Ke Kumu event debuted in 2003 to rave reviews, bringing together both visitors and kama'aina. Guests will again experience four days filled with festivities, workshops, interactive seminars, spa cuisine and the ideal location for treatments at the Mauna Lani Spa. The 2005 line-up of Ke Kumu presenters and speakers include:

The Hawaiian Masters

Danny Kaniela Akaka - Mauna Lani's resident Hawaiian historian, kumu (teacher) and cultural director, 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.

Margaret Machado - Auntie Margaret, a renowned kumu in the art of lomi lomi, a Hawaiian form of massage, will be sharing her views on the ancient art and its place in the modern world.

Raylene Lancaster - A kumu admired for the fine art of story telling (mo'olelo), Auntie Raylene will share legends, myths and real life experiences through words and hula.

Ulu Garmon - Healing through hula, Aunty Ulu offers and will explain her spiritual strength in connection with preserving the 'aina (land), plants, animals and mankind.

Kaualoku Aiu - A noted kumu and speaker on stories of hula, Auntie Kaualoku will share hula as a way of life and an extension of the soul.

Butch Richards -- Butch, an artisan in medicinal Hawaiian plants, will share his knowledge and expertise of the dramatic healing powers of Hawaii's indigenous plants.

The Lifestyle Experts

Dr. Lori Alvord - First woman of the Navajo nation to achieve the rank of surgeon and Dean of Students at Dartmouth Medical School and author of 'The Scalpel and the Silver Bear,' a widely acclaimed autobiography. She's renowned for her contributions to medicine and public health and is an inspirational model for many.

Dr. Bertice Berry - Sociologist and award-winning lecturer, Dr. Berry received her Ph.D. from Kent State at 26 and has since thrilled audiences (Oprah, Leno, 20/20) with her comedic and inspirational insight.

Dr. Jeffry S. Life - from the Cenegenics Medical Institute -- will share the wisdom and tools necessary to help in aging successfully.

Sharon Warren - Founder of Warren Botanicals on the Big Island of Hawaii; in her private practice as an aromatherapist, Sharon develops unique oils and lotions for many corporate clients.

Linda Ching - Linda has authored books on Hawaiian mythology, legends and history and will share her knowledge of journaling and its healing impact.

Robert Heiman - Founder of Epicuren Discovery, an internationally recognized forerunner in skin care treatments.

Joan Namkoong - Hawaii author and food writer/editor, Joan will lead demonstrations on preparing tropical and exotic foods.

The Mauna Lani Resort Team

Dr. William Cervantes - Dr. Cervantes is board-certified in Otolaryngology, has a respected medical practice and provides an extensive menu of Aesthetic Health Services exclusively for Mauna Lani.

Tim 'Coach' Powers - Fitness guru 'Coach' Powers has trained both professional and collegiate athletes and has become a leading motivational speaker in developing and executing health and fitness programs in daily life.

Edwin Goto - Mauna Lani's Executive Chef and a James Beard Award nominee will share his secrets to creating healthy cuisine at home.

Sam Ama - Sam is a master weaver and storyteller who passes on his weaving skills through stories filled with affable laughter.

Ke Kumu Room & Event Packages

Special Ke Kumu Room and Event Packages include four nights ocean view accommodations at Mauna Lani Bay starting at $1,440 (single occupancy), $1,740 (double occupancy), plus applicable taxes. In addition to accommodations, the Ke Kumu room package includes:

* Welcome & Opening Reception (Heavy Pupus) on Friday, May 27th
* Daily workshops on May 28th, 29th & 30th
* Hands-on interactive cooking demonstrations
* Final Night Mauna Lani Spa Garden Party (Dinner) on May 30th

A limited number of Individual Day Passes will also be available for purchase. (All prices are plus tax service fees and full payment is due at time of booking.)
About Ke Kumu 'O Mauna Lani

Throughout history, the nourishing spirit of Kalahuipua'a, now known as Mauna Lani, has been revered and cherished by the people of the islands. In times past, one could only come to this land by invitation from the ali'i, Hawaiian royalty. Now, Mauna Lani invites guests to honor this legacy and join in the spirit of health and renewal at Ke Kumu 'O Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani, The Source). Ke Kumu is partnering with Five Mountains Hawaii, a Big-Island based not-for-profit organization that promotes the natural and social economic assets of the island's healing community. Among Five Mountains' goals is to establish the Big Island as an international destination for health and healing.

Mauna Lani Spa, considered one of Hawaii's most unique spas, features an outdoor lava sauna, la'au (healing) garden, and Hale Nahenahe relaxation pavilion. 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. Its 'Fire & Ice' theme pays tribute to the dynamic attributes of the Big Island: the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Mauna Lani Spa's Kahi Kikaha (place of soaring), a 1,000 square-foot watsu pool, takes the element of Aquatic Bodywork to new heights. Built amongst ancient Hawaiian lava tubes, Kahi Kikaha harnesses the energy and healing elements of the land and incorporates both into every therapy session.
About Mauna Lani Resort

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