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HOLISTIC HONU WELLNESS CENTER

malama kou kuleana

El Cerrito, CA

Mission

It is our mission is to help our clients, patients, students and pets live long, happy and healthy lives. We are committed to professional, caring, personalized service and take pride in our dedication to the highest standards.

Ruling Year

2006

Executive Director. Native Hawaiian Cultural Specialist. Human Resources Generalist. Education Programs Director. Diversity & Disabilities Specialist.

Ms. Leslie Susan Kawaioniokekai Kaiona'okalani Ko

Assistant Director & Kumu Hula

Mr. Michael Timothy Maikikalikolaua'eokalani MacDougall

Main Address

Post Office Box 463

El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA

Keywords

Traditional, Hawaiian, Healing, Kumu, Ho'ola, 'Uniki,

EIN

20-1846091

 Number

0717928075

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Holistic Honu Wellness Center has provided traditional healing services and developed a comprehensive traditional healing training program for the Hawaiian and other indigenous communities since its inception in 2004.

Our programs are designed to train engaged learners in culturally appropriate curative techniques to help care for indigenous native and other underserved citizens. It also prepares practitioners to be conduits or bridges between the old-world traditions and the western medical system.

It is our goal to inspire and encourage community members to expand their education to include culturally appropriate healing techniques and to care for the indigenous and other underserved communities where they live.

Our program strives to help disenfranchised populations find the balance necessary to reclaim their lives.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Level One – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Fundamentals of Hawaiian Health Practices

Hawaiian Healing Arts: Lomilomi Massage Program.

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program.

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Hoʻokahi Puʻuwai

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Hoʻōla Intensive

Level Three – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts Instructor Program

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Client Services

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Palliative Care Program

Integrative Services For Companion Animals.

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Indigenous people,

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Client Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Indigenous people,

Adults

Related program

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program - Hoʻokahi Puʻuwai

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Caregivers,

Indigenous people

Related program

Level Two – Hawaiian Healing Arts: Apprenticeship Program.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals with freedom from discomfort

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people,

People with disabilities

Related program

Integrative Services For Companion Animals.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to provide access and training of traditional cultural health practices to Native Hawaiians, Native Americans, Alaska Natives and the community as a whole.

Indigenous cultures view health as a synergism of spirit, mind, and body. We cannot attempt to heal the body unless we also address the spirit and the mind. It is this 'connectedness' that allows us to find balance in our lives.

The economic security and self-sufficiency of a people depend upon developing skills and knowledge to embrace the challenges of the 21st-century economy.

The ability to understand and use technology to function in diverse cultures, to think critically and solve problems are necessary for success no matter what career path or entrepreneurial venture one undertakes.

Learning begins at birth, and at each successive stage in life, individual educational objectives must be met.

Our community education programs include supporting early learning opportunities, fostering and encouraging success in school and providing avenues for continuing education throughout adulthood and activities to engage and stimulate the interests of all ages.

We must also lay the foundation for a cultural education that gives context to our existence.
Culture is many things to many people, including distinct, complex traditions, unique patterns of behavior, products, language, stories, and ancestry. Whatever the definition, culture is a part of everyone's lives.

We follow strict old-world traditional cultural protocols and work in close cooperation with Native American and Alaska Native tribes, encouraging and mentoring cross-cultural exchange. Although our program focus targets Native Hawaiians, our clientele and student base come from all walks of life consistent with the demographics of the areas we serve. Our service areas include regions in 14 US states, Canada, Japan, and Singapore. Fees for education and services are offered according to a sliding scale, and culturally appropriate work is provided according to traditional protocols at a low or no cost. We are very proud to say that from our early inception to the present day, NO ONE has ever been turned away for lack of funds - not one single student or patient. Our main office is located in Berkeley, California, and operated out of the home-office our Executive Director. Our basic core programs and primary essential services are delivered by our senior students within their home communities under the direction of our master instructors. Our principal instructor and traditional healer maintains an online presence and is available to conference via Skype, text, phone, and email 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When needed, she travels to help students and patients in need. Problem The ten-year-long California drought and limited growing season in the San Francisco East Bay Area severely affected our ability to grow the plants necessary to treat our patients and teach our students; we currently pay tens of thousands of dollars every year to import the plants we use in our treatments and classes. Additionally, it has not been economical to maintain a fixed, accessible and readily available library, classroom, and treatment facility in California because of the soaring cost of living index of 152.4 (The US average is 100) and the decline of affordable, available space. When necessary, we secure short-term office and or classroom rentals through hotels and community centers paying the standard market rate for those facilities. The lack of a fixed facility has prevented us from obtaining accreditation as a postsecondary education institution. Although we hold certification as a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Board Approved Continuing Education Provider, accreditation as a postsecondary school and Associates Degree-granting institution is paramount for our long-term sustainability. After researching and exhausting possible sites within California, we have chosen to search for an appropriate facility outside California. We chose Washington as our ideal relocation area because it has one of the highest populations of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the nation, following Hawaii and California, with much of the population concentrated between Seattle and the Canadian border. The US Census Bureau estimates that more than 50,000 Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders live in Washington.

The Holistic Honu Wellness Center (HHWC) wants to create a facility in the Skagit Valley of Washington state that will serve: 1. as the headquarters of the Holistic Honu Wellness Center 2. as a treatment and educational center for those interested in: a. Native Hawaiian culture & history. b. Native Hawaiian traditional healing techniques. c. Growing and propagating Hawaiian and other medicinal plants. d. massage for humans, canine and equine. e. hydrotherapy for humans and canine. f. equine-assisted therapies and activities. 3. as a fully accredited post-secondary educational provider 4. as a retreat center and multiple-day workshop venue This project will allow us to increase our rendered services and extend our services and education to a greater audience. HHWC has developed a comprehensive educational program that has the necessary components of a postsecondary Associates Degree program. We started working towards accreditation through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) but were deemed ineligible because we do not have a fixed brick-and-mortar facility where we deliver our programs. This project will provide us with the necessary facility that will allow us to continue our quest for accreditation. HHWC has been a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Board Approved Continuing Education Provider since 2004. Canine massage and bodywork are accepted modalities for massage therapists nationwide; however, there are no NCBTMB approved providers who are currently teaching Canine Hydrotherapy. We have agreed to an educational partnership with Cindy Horsfall, one of the pioneers of warm water therapy for dogs and the owner of La Paw Spa in Sequim, Washington. Cindy will allow us to utilize the coursework that she developed; submit it for accreditation with the NCBTMB under our name, enabling us to be the first organization to provide training in this area for massage therapists nationwide. HHWC is the fiscal sponsor of Toogar's Tals Foundation, an unincorporated association with the mission of calling attention to and improving the lives of dogs afflicted with autoimmune diseases such as Addison’s disease and bio-toxin illnesses. Toogar's Tails is an entirely mobile organization that works with research groups and veterinarians across the country. Jenny Kidder, the CEO of Toogar's Tails is also a Hippotherapist. Hippotherapy is used to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. This strategy is used as part of an integrated treatment program to achieve functional outcomes. Jenny would like to establish a home base for Toogar's Tails on HHWC property. We have agreed to this partnership and believe that through the sharing of knowledge, patients, students and resources we will be able to create the type of healing center that would meet the approval of our founders.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life and relieve the suffering of our clients, patients, students, and animals to the best of our ability. We are committed to professional, caring, personalized service and take pride in our dedication to the highest standards. Our goals are to: • Provide resources for the Holistic Practitioner. • Heighten cultural and spiritual awareness and participation through educational programs and scholarships. • Protect, maintain and perpetuate the teachings, beliefs, practices, philosophies, traditions, and heritage of the healing arts. • Recognize, acknowledge, respect and exemplify the living spirit of cultural, natural and scientific connections by educating practitioners to care, support and respect all aspects of life so they can better contribute to the community and all walks of life. • To help unfold the blessings and gifts hidden in hardship, disabilities, and the aging process and to be present and lovingly available during these times. Value Statements • Diversity: We believe that to push the field of cultural and canine education forward successfully it is essential to advocate for active participation of diverse voices. • Pushing boundaries: Explore new ideas and methods that lead to diverse programming and perspectives. • Being responsive: Adapt to our changing community by making new connections and collaborations. • Professional development: Seek opportunities to develop our professionalism while expanding networks and partnerships. We fully expect to continue to modify our programs to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our constituency and community. We are in the process of converting our live seminar programs into published works to enable us to reach a wider audience of learners as the demand for programs and services increases. We are firm believers that progress is not linear; that the work we do does count and has an impact. We wholly acknowledge that anything worth having takes time to build and that it is often necessary to push away the end result and focus on the process.

Over the past fifteen years, we have proven that western medicine and traditional healing can work together to benefit patients and clients by providing them with the best possible care from all perspectives. Through our programs, health care providers and cultural practitioners learn how to bridge the gaps between varieties of cultures and develop effective healthcare relationships. The demand for services increased drastically through our first five years, and educational programs were subsequently developed as a way to train new practitioners and others interested in indigenous healing. We have found that the teaching methods and supervision of our students throughout their clinical work experience are beneficial to the communities where they reside. To answer the call for more therapists, we converted parts of our live seminar classes into distance education programs and initiated a comprehensive teacher-training program to support our current students and to reach out to marginalized communities throughout the world. Through the acquisition of a brick-and-mortar facility, the Holistic Honu Wellness Center hopes to obtain a permanent home where we will be able to see clients, patients, students, and pets alike and provide them with the highest standards of professional, caring, personalized service.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

American Public Health Association (APHA) 2008

Financials

HOLISTIC HONU WELLNESS CENTER

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender Identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

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We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.