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Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center to offer workshop

The nonprofit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center will host Allysyn “Auntie Aloha” Bezilla in a class on “Ho‘oponopono Begins With Me: A Workshop for Service Providers” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in Hilo.

This community workshop provides a full day of immersion in ho‘oponopono, focusing mainly on the self. The Hawaiian cultural-based healing process will help workshop participants to: value self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem; remind themselves why they are in their fields; and be positive and effective service providers. “In order to understand and care for others, you need to understand and know how to take care of yourself,” said Auntie Aloha. “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 non-judgmental, unbiased, empathetic, and firm.”

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

Tuition for is $75. Group discounts are available. To register, contact Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844, ext. 116, or


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