Everyone needs a little lomi now and then. Come to Heʻeia, Oʻahu, to experience Hawaiian massage.

Unit lesson


Video Questions

1) What is lomilomi? What are some of the tools used in lomilomi?

2) Why is it important for each family to have someone capable of doing lomilomi?

3) If you get home from soccer practice and your body is sore, what kind of lomilomi techniques could you do to feel better?

4) If you were a lomilomi practitioner, how would you decide whether to use your hands, elbows, feet, lāʻau lomi, or pōhaku lomi?

5) ʻAnakala Keola said the way we take care of the land is a representation of the way we take care of our kino (body). If so, how could a clogged-up river relate to a person’s health?

6) In your yard or at a nearby park, look around for some sticks or branches that could be lāʻau lomi. Look for rocks that could be used as pōhaku lomi. Try using a lomilomi tool on yourself and others. (Remember: safety first!)


Video Vocabulary

1) kamaliʻi
small children

2) lomilomi

3) kanaka

4) kinolau
many bodies; any of the forms that akua and kupua can change into

5) akua

6) loʻi
an irrigated patch for growing kalo

7) kalo

8) mauli ola
health, well being

9) kino

10) physiotherapy – physical methods of treatment
physiotherapy – physical methods of treatment

11) kupuna
grandparent, ancestor

12) makua

13) wahine

14) circulation
the movement of blood in around the body

15) lāʻau lomi
a massage stick

16) pōhaku
stone, rock

17) pōhaku lomi
a massage stone

18) koʻokoʻo
cane, staff, walking stick

19) ʻaʻe
to massage with the feet by walking on top one’s back

20) pule

21) mana
spiritual or divine power

22) mālama
to care for, take care of


Guiding Questions