lomi lomi massage

Huna, the Hawaiian philosophy of life

Huna in Hawaiian means "secret" something which is not easily to be seen and not something intended to be kept hidden.

Lomi lomi massage is closely linked to Huna, the Hawaiian philosophy of life. The depth of lomi lomi massage can be better understood through the basic principles of Huna. In the Huna belief system all creations in the universe seek harmony and love.

According to Serge Kahili King, a Huna teacher living in Hawaii who was adopted as the grandson of the shaman Joseph Kahili and trained in his tradition, Hawaiian philosophy can be expressed within the seven principles of Huna:


  1. IKE (knowledge - awareness) - The world is what you think it is. "we are creating our own reality and we can change it if we want to"

  2. KALA (freedom) - There are no limits. "you can do anything you want as long as you can find a way"

  3. MAKIA (focused) - Energy flows where attention goes. "what you are putting your attention on is what you are energizing. Thing positive for positive results"

  4. MANAWA (time – now) - Now is the moment of power. "only in the present you can be powerful, feel pleasure, enjoy life. You can't get wet by yesterday's rain you can't get burned by tomorrow's sun"

  5. ALOHA (love) To love is to be happy with (someone or something). "Aloha is unconditional love, the pleasure of connecting with someone or something. Stop criticizing yourself or anyone else. If you want to build aloha then you appreciate things and forget about criticism"

  6. MANA (power)- All power comes from within. "only we have the power to change things in our life."

  7. PONO (harmony) - Effectiveness is the measure of truth. "if your life is not in harmony, if the way that you have designed your life doesn’t work for you then go back to IKE and say if what I believe now is creating a world that doesn’t work for me then I can change it by changing my believes (IKE). Because I have the freedom to do so (KALA) and i do it now cause now is the moment of power (MANAWA)  by focusing in the present moment (MAKIA) with the power from within (MANA)  and with love (ALOHA)


A trained kahuna bodyworker uses these principles in the massage room as well as in their daily life. The principle of aloha is one of the special significance in the realms of lomi lomi massage.

“There is a big difference between just touching someone and touching someone with love and awareness,” explains Nemara. “That love is the most healing part of the treatment.

“In lomi lomi massage, love is called Aloha. The word Aloha can be best interpreted as a  ‘joyful sharing of energy in the present’.Serge Kahili King describes lomi lomi massage as a joyful sharing of love. Joy comes through the rhythm of the treatment, the touch, the flow, the underbody work. It’s giving love to every single person who comes in.”

The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the “whole” self: when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.