Auntie Aloha teaches workshop for service providers

Registration is still being accepted for “Ho‘oponopono Begins With Me: A Workshop for Service Providers,” set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Hilo by the nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

Allysyn “Auntie Aloha” Bezilla’s workshop offers a full day of immersion in ho‘oponopono, focusing mainly on the self. The Hawaiian cultural-based healing process will help participants: value self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem; remind themselves why they are in their fields; and be positive and effective service providers.

The workshop costs $75. Group discounts are available. Registration deadline is Friday. Contact Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844, ext. 116, or

“In order to understand and care for others, you need to understand and know how to take care of yourself,” Bezilla said. “Ho‘oponopono will assure and remind you of the essential qualities you possess and/or have learned while attaining your position as a professional service provider.”

According to Bezilla, a positive and effective service provider “nana ka maka” (observes with the eyes), “ho‘olohe ka pepeiao” (listens with the ears), “pa‘a ka waha” (shuts the mouth) and “hana ka lima” (works with the hands).

“Service providers also know how to make clients feel special and important because they know that they are special and important — and that empowerment comes from within,” she said. “They are also nonjudgmental, unbiased, empathetic and firm.”

Bezilla is a SKIP facilitator at Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center in Hilo and lecturer for the Human Services Department at Hawaii Community College, teaching “Introduction to Ho‘oponopono.”


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