Established November 24, 2004 in California, and approved for 501(c) (3) status February 2006, the Holistic Honu Wellness Center is a very small not-for-profit dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture through education and healing. Our focus is to provide access and education of traditional Hawaiian cultural health practices to Native Hawaiians, and the community at large. A goal extended in the spirit of lokomaika'i/ compassion to all community members, regardless of ethnic or national origin, who seek opportunities to restore pono/balance and harmony in their life, and realign the spirit, mind, and body to become one. Some of the cultural healing services offered include, and are not limited to, ho'oponopono/counseling, la'au kahea/prayers and chants, la'au lapa'au/herbal therapy and lomilomi/touch therapy. Although our program focus targets Native Hawaiians, it is our long-standing policy that our services are made available to all in pursuit of education and healing. As a premier source of traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts and Culture, our programs and services follow the old traditional protocols including those of gifting or reciprocity. Our education programs teach people how to care for themselves and their families using traditional, holistic remedies, allowing them to use their money more efficiently. Our outreach programs send student practitioners and instructors out in the communities to make house calls and to assist community members with hands-on healing applications as well as coaching in self-care as a way to bridge the gap between traditional and western medical practices to help overcome health disparities in under-served communities. All of our services are offered to the community in accordance with traditional protocols. Although the community members gift back to us it is not always in the form of money. They do not have much to give, but they give from their heart what they can; and for us this is its own reward. The down side to this practice, however, is that our workshops are expensive, our bills numerous and banks will not accept fish and poi as a form of payment for rendered services.