Cultural Practice is our Strength


Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi

By Makalauna Feliciano

Greetings with love distinguished descendants of Hawaiʻi.

Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT)’s Strategic Vision 2045 and LT’s Cultural Practice Framework provides a foundation for LT services that are Hawaiian culture-based. Our services are firmly grounded in the cultural context of our Queen’s legacy, our history as a people, and the values and traditions of our ancestors.

Our Cultural Practice Intervention (CPI) Group focuses on uplifting and bringing culturally grounded Hawaiian practices forward with our teammates to: engage with our families, ignite or reignite ancestral connections, build self-confidence, and increase collective mana.

Nāna I Ke Kumu

We always remember that our work starts with, and is always connected to, the life and legacy of our Queen Liliʻuokalani. She was adept at navigating the ways of the largely westernized society in which she lived while holding steadfast to her cultural identity and upbringing as an aliʻi.

In these contemporary times, we at LT do the same – we are grounded in the values and wisdom of our cultural heritage when working with our kamaliʻi, ʻohana, and communities as they navigate their way towards healing, growing, and thriving.

We believe that cultural wisdom transcends time and is helpful in engaging our ʻohana to build and sustain healthy relationships. In the process, we will strengthen our ʻohana by raising their cultural consciousness and identity as we all connect to ancestral ways of being.

Makalauna D. Feliciano is a Hawaiian practitioner who learned Hawaiian traditions, customs, and beliefs from both family ancestral lines and illustrious native practitioners and mentors. ʻŪniki Hope Kumu Hula and Hoʻopaʻa Laeʻoʻo Huʻelepo under Kalani K. Akana. He has been with Liliʻuokalani Trust since 1996 and learned Hoʻoponopono under Malia Craver and Dennis Kauahi. He has created culturally relevant and innovative curriculum to work with male Hawaiian youth and teaches Hoʻopono, an adaptation of Hoʻoponopono, for families. He has a master’s degree in social work, applied suicide intervention skills training, and training in motivational interviewing and mental health first aid. He authored “Nalu’s Journey,” a Hawaiian storybook that helps youth to speak about their grief and loss.