Noho Pono is a wellness initiative that strengthens ʻohana and communities through the sharing of Hawaiian moʻolelo, cultural values, and lomilomi techniques. This multidisciplinary and interactive program brings people from various backgrounds and communities together with aloha by emphasizing relationship-building and the restoration of holistic health and wellbeing. Focusing on traditional Hawaiian attitudes toward healing that have been adapted to navigate the modern world, Noho Pono is designed to facilitate educational sessions where individual families, schools, nonprofits and organizations learn how to bring about improvements to personal, familial, and communal health using their hands, hearts, and minds.
Noho Pono session is a 1-2-hour, in-your-community lomilomi lesson that incorporates traditional storytelling, aspects of Hawaiian spirituality and culture, and Hawaiian massage techniques. Our instructors are highly-trained lomilomi specialists who have been practicing these techniques for decades. The project’s name, “Noho Pono,” means “Righteous Living” and is a nod to improving the wellbeing of our communities Another definition for the term “noho” is “to sit,” and the method of lomilomi that our practitioners teach throughout Hawaiʻi is a specific seated lomilomi routine that can be applied in almost every environment. In this sense, we can also consider “Noho Pono” to mean “Sitting Righteously”–a feeling that we aim for all of our participants to experience during our sessions.