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
Strands of life

Many cultures believe that hair has sacred qualities. A physical element that holds mana as well as memories. At times in my life I have cut my hair to release me from the past. With the death of my father this year, I had thought about cutting it in his honor, an act that would have been common practice by my ancestors.

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Naiʻa Lewis
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN

Crazy hair days. They happen often. For me, at least. But these kinds of days are not necessarily bad; an unkempt hairdo doesnʻt have to mean I am out-of-sorts.  As my hair is usually representative of my inner lioness, letting her roar to her fullest capabilities on a regular basis is wise–essential even. 

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Naiʻa Lewis
PLEEEAAASSE

Forget resolutions. Make one commitment. To self. For life. Not self-is but self-centered–centering your center if you will. If you can do this one thing, you will be able to make the mental and spiritual space required to pursue and kick ass on whatever you want to do. You will also have the capacity to adapt and change your position and perspectives in life as you need to without delay and backtracking to accommodate the expectations of others. 

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Naiʻa Lewis
PENCILS DOWN

This may be my last post of 2018 but just like the artwork is in the process, so is my life, regardless of any man-made time-gate that says the year is “over.” What I have created to date is the foundation for what is yet to come. I don’t have a clean slate, and it’s likely that you don’t either. And would you want one anyway? Do you really want to start over?

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Naiʻa Lewis
YESTERDAY & TODAY

This day in Kalaupapa (where the picture was taken), and today feel similar. Amazing connection to and experience of an expression of aloha beyond my human ability to describe—in parallel—to a clear directive to release all I know and love.

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Naiʻa Lewis
INTERNAL INK

Am I staring out the window daydreaming? Maybe. With 2019 a week away, I remain reflective.

I am humbled by the poignant conversations I have had over the last week. They have all been the kind that potentially deserves a tattoo to mark the occasion. This image is of the ink-session where the beautiful Yvette Deterra co-created the third installment of my wrist/hand-art. Since I found her, she has been the only one to touch my skin. (side note: tattoos infuse ink as well as mana into your skin, so you want to pick the right person to mark you). But we all have tattoos.

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Naiʻa Lewis
A Genealogy of Gratitude

Life is short. Be grateful for what you have. Appreciate every moment. These are sentiments I have heard from many wise people, and I would agree that they are correct. Being grateful is one of the most essential mindsets for a satisfying human experience. It helps people differentiate between needs and desires, between the material and immaterial, and to value "what is" versus "what is not" or "what could be."

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Naiʻa Lewis