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2016 Presenters

Claire Ku`ulelani Hughes

Featured Speaker

Claire Ku`uleilani Hughes, DrPH, RD, served the Hawai`i State Department of Health for over 33 years as a public health administrator, nutritionist, and registered dietician. She writes a monthly article on Hawaiian heal and culture for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In 2011, she was named a Living Treasure by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai`i in recognition of her advocacy of health programs for the Hawaiian community.

Arnaldo Oliveira

Featured Speaker

Arnaldo Oliveira, Ph.D., is a facial-trauma surgeon trained in Brazil. He holds a doctorate in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Ore. Dr. Oliveira is a currently in private practice at the Lam Clinic in Honolulu, specializing in electro-dermal screening and therapy and electro-acupuncture according to Voll.

Norman Oshiro

Featured Speaker

Norman Oshiro received his Bachelor of Science in Human Development from UH Manoa. For the past seven years, he as served as the executive director of MOA Wellness Center in Kaka`ako, which offers a range of integrative services for physical and spiritual enrichment and improvement. He is a MOA purification therapist and teacher, organic farming specialist, and licensed massage therapist.

Ruey Ryburn

Featured Speaker

Ruey Ryburn holds a doctorate in public health and a master's degree in nursing. She is also a graduate of the four-year program at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She started her own Sacred Path Healing School in 2001. It offers a three-year program of study leading to a diploma in spiritual energy healing. Dr. Ryburn is also a certified teacher of Sacred Health Yoga.

David Laeha

Featured Speaker

David Laeha, president and founder of CFO Hawaii LLC, has over 30 years of financial 'healing" experience. He earned his BA with honors at UH, his MBA at USC, and became a licensed CPA in 1997. After working as a CFO for various mainland and local firms, he began his private consulting firm, CFO Hawaii, in 2002, as a "healer" of small businesses and non-profits. He is a founding board member of Sunrise Foundation.

Tommy Amina

Tai Chi

Tommy Amina was born in Hilo in a community comprised of multi-ethnic immigrants. He graduated from Hilo High School and later served in the U.S. Air Force in Japan. Following years of practicing tai chi from various master teachers, he started his own class. Currently, he teaches classes at Nuuanu YMCA and the Community Church of Honolulu.

His workshop will focus on tai chi that will "strengthen the lower limbs to keep us walking as we age and peaceful meditative movement that one can do for hours and not tire." He vows that his classes "promote friendship and fun."

Corey Wong

Five Elements Healing Sounds

Corey Wong is an acupuncturist for over 30 years who teaches and prac- tices qigong, taijiquan and gongfu
for Asian horizons. He is a former instructor at an acupuncture school where he directed the medical qigong program and founder of a non-profit qigong organization in California. He also lived and studied in China for three years.

"The workshop will explore the sounds of the Five Elements and how they are used for healing. While the Five Elements theory has long been an important element of traditional Chinese medicine, the use of their sounds for healing is not widely know. Come and feel the energy of sounds resonate in your body."

John and Inessa Love

Laughter, Yoga & Meditation

John and Inessa Love are certified Laughter Yoga Leaders and founders of the Honolulu Laughter Club. John is also a long-term meditation practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and an ordained interfaith minister. Inessa is a long-term tai-chi practitioner.

"Laughter Yoga is an interactive activity that combines improvisational and easy-to-do "laughter exercises" with yogic breathing and relaxation techniques. There are no yoga postures, so anyone can do it regardless of their fitness level. It is easy, playful, and fun. Laughter is the best medicine!"

Christopher Golding

The Christian Healing Ministry: Grounded and Experiential Experience of the Divine

Christopher Golding, a vegan priest, husband and father of two, serves as the Associate Rector of the Parish of St. Clement in Makiki. He has been involved in healing ministry for the past nine years and currently leads the weekly Healing Eucharist at St. Clement. He is a member of the local chapter of the Order of St. Luke, an ecumenical ministry dedicated to the teaching and practice of the Christian healing ministry.

"The Christian healing ministry finds its roots in the deep wells of biblical and monastic spirituality. This workshop will outline the theological basis for the ministry of healing and discuss its practice within the Episcopal Church. Rev. Golding will also share his won personal experiences of the ministry and encourage others to explore this path of wellness."

Jeffrey Tangonan Acido

Nakem Pedagogy and Popular Education Healing

Jeffrey was born in the Philippines of working class farming parents and grew up in Kalihi. He attended public schools, UH-Manoa (B.A.), Pacific School of Religion (M.Theol.), and earned his Ph.D. in Education as UH-Manoa. He is currently on the staff of Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services.  His work focuses on the intersection of working class experiences and social movements of liberation. He hopes someday to establish a center to promote his vision and work. At Journeys to Wellness V on Oct. 22, 2016, he led a workshop on the development of Nakem pedagogy as a praxis for healing.

"This works will center on the development of Nakem Pedagogy as a praxis for healing. It will be led by students and nakem practitioners who will share their findings in dealing with trauma both personal and historical in addressing the collective healing of our communities. Participants will be invited to share their story. The workshop will explore historical trauma as a starting point of healing."

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