Wainani Wellness | Brine Podcast 2.6

Wainani Arnold, the namesake of Wainani Wellness, was raised and resides in Hawai`i. From a young age, she lived and breathed hula, which planted the seed for her growth in all forms of dance. Her current work utilizes yoga, Ayurveda, gyrotonics, and pilates; our conversation is about her journey form dance to healing, and then how she created a sanctuary for people to find and grow peronsal and communal wellness.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Parenting Lesson #1: You are the student

We learn from every one we love and who loves us… teachers come in many forms. However, this moment is to acknowledge my babies. My fantastic four––As a collective, your are light, you are love, you are resilient. You are a walking definition of aloha because you are brave in the face of change and the unknown. You risk, are vulnerable, and remain funny AF every step of the way.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Naming of a soul

When I was 18 I changed my name. For my entire life I had felt like my name wasnʻt the right fit. Not bad. Just not on point. When I decided to formally change my name I let the idea simmer. I waited for a sign. A message from the universe. I didn’t want to “pick” a name from a book or simply create a name with a trippy spelling. I wasn’t trying to stand out. I wanted to fit in–with myself. My purpose was calling me. My ancestors were too.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Death Yo! | Brine Podcast S2. E5 with D.S. Moss

There is certainly more than one strategy to live life to its fullest but one of the more unique backstories comes from Brine guest D.S. Moss, host of the top-ranked podcast (#30 in 2017 by The Atlantic) The Adventures of Memento Mori:  A Cynic's Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Finding your Northstar

I see you (you guys know who you are), and through you I see myself in new ways, from different angles; from a place that is other but still connected. This isn’t the good part, however. When we take the time to see what others see in us we shake up our own narratives; this can then assist in identifying our internally driven stories that are untrue or do not serve us anymore.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Goddess in training

I have invested a great deal of time and spiritual energy working to build a relationship with my inner goddess. Much of the effort has been around understanding and expressing my creativity, emotional intelligence, sexuality, and genealogical legacy––as well as how to do this within a social landscape that remains binary and therefore too limited in answers.

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Naiʻa Lewis
From the inside out

If you know. You know. If you don’t... chances are you are looking for it in the wrong place. Another possibility is that you are hoping someone else tells you the answer or sees it in you. I might be wrong but to date my lived experience has shown me there is only one person in your life that needs to fully know and see you.

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Naiʻa Lewis
Kealopiko | Brine Podcast S2.E4

The story of Kealopiko, a culturally-rooted Hawai’i fashion, and lifestyle brand, is the focus of this episode. The storyteller is Hina Kneubuhl, one of the company's three co-founders, who shares how a botanist, a linguist and a creative got together to develop an innovative partnership…

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Naiʻa Lewis
Keola Chan | Brine podcast S2.E3

Brine (E2.E3) is a conversation with community leader and lomilomi healing practitioner, Keola Kawai’ula’iliahi Chan. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, Keola shares his journey to become a lomilomi practitioner, teacher and community leader. 

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Naiʻa Lewis