Alva James Andrews is a native of Hawaii, a father, grandfather and Vietnam War Veteran. He has worked as a counselor to native Hawaiian court adjudicated, and incarcerated youth for Hui Ku Opio o ke Koolau, a federally funded program operated through ALU LIKE. 

 

 

               Alva’s major love however, is our innate humanistic gift of spiritual and physical healing, which he uses and teaches. This form of lomilomi, or Hawaiian concepts of Well-Being through what may seem like a massage, incorporates the use of hooponopono as a lifestyle along with the traditional hand and body applications. 

 

                   There are spiritual, mental, and emotional dimensions that must be factored into the holistic approach that we as Hawaiians use. For us then, lokahi, or unity is what is needed to ensure permanent good health. We firmly believe, as our ancestors do, that the body cannot be healed until the spirit is healed. This is the key to what Alva teaches and practices.

 

                In many societies, including that of the Hawaiians, it is important to know who one’s teachers are for as many generations as far back as possible.

 

This genealogy of knowledge is regarded as being essential for showing the academic rigor to which the young teacher has been subjected. Thus, a genealogy containing respected and admired teachers is very highly prized. Despite a barrage of missionary-led Hawaiian cultural prohibition of Hawaiian arts such as hula and lua, Alva James Andrews traces his lua genealogy to the court of King David Kalakaua and the Hale Naua II through renowned lua teacher and cultural historian Charles Kenn via his olohe, St. Chad Piianaia, who maintained the traditional knowledge of the lua in secret.
Thus, for a very long time it was hard to find hula and lua teachers, practitioners, and followers. Hale Naua II re-established a focus on Hawaiian arts, sciences, and crafts, and with this renaissance, hula and lua regained popularity and interest. Olohe Charles Kenn saw the importance of this renaissance and passed his knowledge on to a new generation of Hawaiian warriors, including Olohe Mitchell Eli, Kumu Alva’s lua master.

 

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