IS JUST TOO GOOD.You've just indulged in a
body wrap of awapuhi root, long known for
its curative power. Now you're led into Spa Moana's
oceanfront relaxation room, where a huge, open
window frames coconut palms and the curve of Lana'i.
Your mine drifts on the sound of the waves. You
relax deeply. In 30 short minutes, you have attained
the essence of healing. You have let go. Welcome
to the rejuvenating power of spas as only Hawai'i
can offer it-the latest area of island life to
be touched by the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. Traditional
Hawaiian healing is an intensely spiritual practice,
rooted in the natural world and handed down, over
generations, to those deemed worthy of the gift.
Manu of Maui's spas and resorts have taken a serious
and reverent posture in embracing the philosophies
and methods of traditional Hawaiian healing. Indeed,
the echoes of our island's beloved kahuna la'au
lapa'au are reaching an ever widening and most
appreciative audience. Here are our recommendations
to experience healing with a Hawaiian touch.
therapy, using steamed lava stones, was brought to
the Grand Wailea Resort by students of the late healer
Uncle Kalua Kaiahua of Napili, who provided the spa
with his trademark blue denim bags filled with the
small, round stones that were initially used for
rich and complex art of Hawaiian lomilomi massage,
as transmitted by master teacher Auntie Margaret
Machado of Kona, is practiced at the Fairmont Kea
Lani by two of her close students.
a month, Charles Kaupu lectures in Hawaiian healing
as part of Hyatt Regency Maui's wellness program.
And Lyons Naone, a longtime student of the late Papa
Kawika Kaalakea, has given classes in Hawaiian healing
at the Grand Wailea's Spa Grande, including a modified
to David Erlich, Spa Grande's director, the trend
toward including Hawaiian elements in spa menus began
five years age. For C.J. Arquette, Erlich's counterpart
at Spa Kea Lani, the reason is simple. "Our
guests want to experience Hawai'i."
Due to the high volume of requests, your reservation
and or request will be handled in the order received.
Moana Hyatt Regency Maui
Moana is a pretty little place, elegantly decorated
with orchids and Oriental art, and commanding a magnificent
ocean vies. It's run by spa director Crystal Poe-Cabat-bat,
a local girl, born on Kaua'i, who approaches the subject
of Hawaiian healing with humility and respect.
"True Hawaiian healing is very spiritual," she says. "You've got
to make sure it's pono, the right thing. At Spa Moana, we draw a distinction
between Hawaiian healing as traditional healers practice it, and the Hawaiian
touches a spa can offer its guests."
Touches like that awapuhi wrap, or the intriguing experience
of Spa Moana's Ka'anapali Coffee Scrub: you ease into
a long, padded tub, and the attendant gently exfoliates
your skin with a Hawaiian salt and coffee combination
make on Maui for this spa. It's hard not to laugh with
delight when the Vichy shower bar begins to play over
your body, six jets at once.
Or perhaps you'll try a detoxifying limu (seaweed)
bath in a private room for couples, with a view of
palm trees and the sky.
Spa Moana has also paid homage to another aspect of
Hawaiian culture, asking Kumu Hula Cliff Ahue to name
the treatment rooms. Bestowing a name is a significant
process in Hawaiian culture. Hence, Ke Ola (life) for
the massage rooms, Malie (peace) for facial rooms,
and for the spa's motto, "Loa'a ke ola i halau
a ola." "Life is obtained in the house of
Grande Grand Wailea Resort
several months, the new massage therapists at the Grand
Wailea's Spa Grande gather quietly before sunrise at
a beach near LaPerouse for a traditional Hawaiian ceremony
called kapukai. It's a remarkable sight: employees
of Maui's most luxurious resort asking the spirit of
the Hawaiian 'aina (land) to bless their work.
Led by Mahealani Ventura-Oliva and Marla Teves, the
therapists bathe in the ocean, then sip 'awa tea from
a coconut bowl and set their intention to wisely use
the flat, round stones called 'iili'ili pohaku in
their treatments. Then, along the coast nearby, they
gather the stones that speak to them. Stones that re
large enough to fill the hand, small enough to slip
between the toes, supple enough to be warned in a steamer,
dipped in olive and avocado oils, and rubbed in long,
powerful strokes over the body. Over your lucky body.
They will be used in the Pohaku Massage and the Hawaiian
Pohaku Facial, where the smooth, steamed stones carry
warmth deep into the tissues, along with a bit of Hawaiian
mana (spiritual energy). "They are powerful," says
massage therapist Rollene Billings. "After all,
this is Maui."
Massage therapist Sara Rose carefully brings her stones
to the sea for cleansing after several treatments,
and know that, in traditional Hawaiian fashion, they
are to be returned to the sea after their work is done.
Lead esthetician Peggy Horm has a special relationship
to her stones as well, like the small triangular one
she places on the heart. Lyons Naone eve devised a
special chant to be performed before pohaku sessions.
This was a remarkable gift, considering how sacred
chanting is to traditional Hawaiians. (Because it's
sacred, and in deference to guests of diverse cultural
backgrounds, most of Spa Grande's massage therapists
only perform the chat if it's requested.)
Hawaiian healing herbs are also being incorporated
into the spa's water therapies, and a new semiprivate
tropical bath has just been added. In a corner of Spa
Grande's incomparable Terme Wailea Hydrotherapy Circuit,
with its mineral baths, hot and cold plunges, showers
and pools that are the envy of the spa world, you immerse
yourself in a bath into which an attendant pours coconut
milk from a silver pitcher, followed by a sprinkling
of orchids and plumerias. Your skin is already supple
from a coconut-sugar scrub, and then someone begins
to massage your scalp. You drift on the sound of water
splashing in the fountains...
Kea Lani Fairmont Kea
Kea Lani is a spa as boutique, a little jewel of green
marble and polished wood with treatment rooms down
curved hallways. It's physically intimate and inward-turning,
not just in architectural design but in guiding principle.
The emphasis here is on giving guests lingering attention. "We
have the time to spend with you," says spa director
Arquette prides herself on Kea Lani's stellar collection
of massage therapists, six of whom are teachers at
local massage schools. Pohaku therapy is taken seriously
here. The staff have gathered their stones from places
on Maui as diverse as Hana, Kaupo, and Iao Valley.
"Stones are medicine,'says massage therapist Reisae Young. "There's
a life force in them.'
But where Spa Kea Lani excels is in the traditional
Hawaiian art of lomilomi massage. In the hands of Deborah
George, as master at a young age, this form of healing
practiced by kahuna of old lives on. George's stories
of working with the great auntie Margaret Mahado, of
Kealakekua on the Big Island, inspire "chicken
skin"- like the time Auntie Margaret lifted a
tumor out of George's breast in a blinding flash of
pain and silvery light. "In that instant, it was
gone," George said. "There's no rational
scientific explanation for the power of huna, the power
Over the years, George has learned lomi iwi, the ancient
art of bone setting, and lomi lua, energy medicine
for deeper ailments. In her hands lomilomi is not just
a rhythmic kneading of the body. It is a hula, the
breath of life, a finely tuned system of detailed knowledge
and secret lore.
Of course, one can't expect transformation from a 55-minute
massage at a resort hotel. Or can one? "E, lomilomi,
ea, ea." "Lomilomi is life."
Spa Outrigger Wailea
Spa is the newest spa on Maui, opened last December
in a leafy corner of the Outrigger Wailea Resort. A
native Hawaiian herb garden is planted in front of
the renovated hotel rooms that house the spa, the latest
exponent of a large Indonesian spa chain.
Instead of the architectural grandeur of some of Maui's
other spas, Mandara offers a very intimate, highly
refined aesthetic experience based on the beauty of
small things. You are ushered into a suite, and there
you will stay. "This is your room," explains
massage therapist Jerry Zisko.
While Hawaiian treatments make up a third of the spa's
offerings- the Hawaiian Tropical Flower Bath, the Hawaiian
Coconut Scrub, lomilomi and pohaku massage- Mandara's
uniqueness is in its Indonesian and Asian elements.
The Mandara Massage features two massage therapists
working in tandem on your body with moves borrowed
from Thai, Balinese, and Hawaiian lomilomi massage.
"I was told it should proceed at the pace of a royal elephant," Zisko
says. "We work to set up a rhythm in the physiology that allows the quest
to naturally experience a deeper sense of self. That's where true healing takes
place, on the level of self."
A centerpiece of the Mandara Spa experience is the
Mandara Foot Bath. You're served a pot of Indonesian
black tea, and then your feet are lifted into a shining
copper bowl filled with water and rose petals, gently
scrubbed with peppermint soap, and smoothed with a
star-shaped pumice, a gift to take home. You sit like
royalty in a carved Indonesian chair, while Balinese
gamelan and flute music trills in the background. This
is the traditional Indonesian way of greeting honored
guests, and you have become one.
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Paradise Maui SPAS Offers:
Kukui Nut Reflexology
Deep Tissue Massage
Couples Massage Instruction
Sun Protection Facial
and Body Waxing
Bikini Arm Half Leg Full Leg Back Brow Shaping
Underarm Brow / Lip / Chin
Fresh 'Awapuhi Body Wrap
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