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About Kanoa

Kanoa’s Story – Brief Introduction:

Poˋokela E. L. Kanoaokalani Switzer

I was born and raised in Hawaiˋi. After retiring from the military I worked for General Electric Nuclear Inspections Services Division for five years. During that time I continued my personal education. I studied not only the western and eastern ideas and methods of education and healing but also my ancestral roots and their beliefs on education and healing as well. My understanding of how the mind works, the ability to explain it in everyday language (local style) and more importantly how to use this knowledge in everyday life, especially in education, is what I consider my greatest gift.
I am a Hoˋoponopono and Laˋau kahea practitioner. My form of cultural healing is primarily based on Aunty Morrnah Simeona’s works and beliefs.

Aunty is so much more than this, but here’s a brief insight into her thinking and beliefs. A more detailed insight into Aunty Morrnah can be found in the Hoˋoponopono section.

Aunty Morrnah is attributed to have said:

“We are the sum total of our experiences, which is to say that we are burdened by our past. When we experience stress or fear in our lives, if we would look carefully, we would find that the cause is actually a memory. It is the emotions which are tied to these memories which affect us now. The subconscious associates an action or person in the present with something that happened in the past. When this occurs, emotions are activated and stress is produced.”

With that little tidbit there, we focus our healing on releasing “the emotions (more specifically, Negative emotions/trauma) which are tied to these memories”.

What memories, you might ask? The simple and logical answer is “All of them”! Release the trauma/negative emotions attached/tied to all memories.
I believe your learning’s are in your experiences (your memories) and if you have negative emotions around these memories you cannot get the learnings, because every time you try to access the memories to get the learnings you have to go through the negative emotions tied to these memories. The negative emotions distort the learnings (The true essence of the learnings) within these memories. A more detailed explanation is covered in the Foundation Talk.

Continuing on, I have studied many other healing modalities and have incorporated these teachings into a unique form of healing. I am also a Certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer. My training in NLP has helped me in explaining our cultural practices to the western mind. A lot of the techniques and discoveries in NLP, we (Hawaiians and indigenous people in general) have been doing for centuries. We didn’t have the science to back it up. We just did it because it worked.

I have presented and conducted workshops at NHEA, CNHA, WiPCE, and DOE Conferences as well as at the University of Hawaiˋi (Hilo and Manoa) throughout the years in topics such as “Hoˋoponopono” and “Skillsets to Enhance Learning: Hawaiian/Local Style”. I have also taught Hoˋponopono and Hawaiian Healing (Emotional Healing/Balancing) in Hawaii and across the United States.

What I have done is integrate all of these teachings and modalities into a unique process that is very gentle, peaceful, soothing and spiritual to help people become more at peace with them self, gaining true personal power. When working with me you will actually feel the change (the release of emotional blockage) happening.

On a closing note, I’d like to share a personal story. The first few Hawaiian healing classes I attended, I found out that the Kupuna teaching the class was my Ohana (family). Actually, I didn’t figure it out; it was my mom when she came to the paˋina (party) on the last day. When you get two Kupuna (Elders) together, the first question they ask (after initial pleasantries) is “No hea mai? (Where are you from?) And it just goes on from there!

The first time it happened I was amazed! Even though it was a distant connection (distant cousins) I was in awe, just thinking I was related to this renowned healer. After the 2nd and 3rd time I began to think all Hawaiians must be related. One Kupuna even studied with my uncle (David Malo Kapuaˋa) under Papa Awai. I came to realize it’s in my koko (blood) and moˋokuˋauhau (ancestors/lineage).

I am amazed to this day and still meeting ohana healers!

And my story continues!