Register for Aunty Lynette’s ʻLiving a Hawaiian Way’ free class this fall


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Aunty Lynette Paglinawan hosting a “Nohona Hawaiʻi: Living a Hawaiian Way” class in fall 2017.

UH West Oʻahu resident kupuna and revered kumu Aunty Lynette Paglinawan will offer her popular class — “Nohona Hawaiʻi: Living a Hawaiian Way” — 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays starting Aug. 31 through Dec. 7 via Zoom.

The non-credit class is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the community interested in Hawaiian cultural values and how to live them in the 21st Century.

Paglinawan, who studied under noted Hawaiian scholar Mary Kawena Pukui, began teaching “Living a Hawaiian Way” four years ago.

“This is a rare opportunity to listen to the wisdom of our kupuna,” said Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer. “Aunty Lynette Paglinawan has been mentored by Tutu Kawena Pukui on topics she will cover and explore during this ʻNohona Hawaiʻi’ class. ‘Living a Hawaiian Way’ is a weekly pause in our modern lives to feel the aloha that is Hawaiʻi.”

Among the course goals is to convey a Hawaiian way of connecting feeling and thought into practice, to discuss and identify holistic contexts of Hawaiian core values and their impact on others, and to practice hoʻopono (to speak truth) and bear witness to one’s own evolution and support the transformation of others.

The following is the weekly schedule for “Nohona Hawaiʻi: Living a Hawaiian Way”:

  • August 31
    Zoom begins! Wehe: What is Nohona Hawaiʻi?
  • Sept 7
    Holiday. However, class will meet via Zoom.
  • Sept 14
    Form and Essence in Healing Work
  • Sept 21
    Kanaka Worldview Within the Lāhui
  • Sept 28
    Spiritualism/Hoʻailona (at UH West Oʻahu Hale and via Zoom, too)
  • Oct 5
    Cultural Trauma – How Past Learning Influences Behavior
  • Oct 12
    Spirituality and Place – Hawaiians Today
  • Oct 19
    Hoʻopono / Hoʻoponopono
  • Oct 26
    Practice Ceremonial Protocol: Hoʻokupu, Oli, Pikai, Kapu Kai, Pule
  • Nov 2
    Kukaniloko Huakaʻi – Wahiawa (meet by 9 a.m. at UH West Oʻahu)
  • Nov 9
    Care of the Body, Mind, Spirit
  • Nov 16
    Laʻau, Hoʻopono, Lomi, Pule
  • Nov 23
    Making Niu/Coconut Pikai Bowls
  • Nov 30
    Lōkahi: Akua/Aina/Kanaka
  • Dec 7
    Last class! Potluck pupu sharing! (at UH West Oʻahu Hale and via ZOOM, too). “What are the highlight ideas of this semester?”

Paglinawan was named a Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi in 2012 for her significant contributions to society and high level of accomplishment. She is also an educator, having been a member of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s Hawaiian Learning Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

For more information and to register for the class, email

Image courtesy of ACM West Oahu