Ka'anohiokala Pe'a was born and raised on the island of Hawai`i in Hilo in a family of massage practitioners.
Nurtured by his parents, he developed strong family values and was always taught to serve and show love to others.
In his adult years, he became a Licensed Massage Therapist and has become passionate about Pediatric Massage. Through Tina Allen and the Liddle Kidz Foundation, Ka`anohi who has become a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, Certified Infant Massage Teacher, with specialized education to provide touch therapy for those on the Autism Spectrum and babies with special healthcare needs.
He is the founder of NIU (Nurturing Is Universal) Hawai`i LLC and is fast becoming a major resource to his community. He conducts infant massage workshops for expectant and new mothers, and also works closely with two pain management specialist doctors as an LMT and medical assistant.
In his family, he grew up with massage known as, “Lomilomi.” However, there were many different varieties of it. His father, George (Keoki), practiced it and encouraged by his oldest brother, John, who was influenced by his grandmother and grandfather.
As Ka'anohiokala recalled, the style of lomilomi he was brought up with is similar to “quick release,” which means to get rid of the pain as quickly as possible. He never thought of following his father’s footsteps until later in his years.
Aside from being a therapist, Ka`anohi is a father of three little princesses ranging from ages 10-4. Family is of utmost importance to him and he values the time he spends with his “`ohana.” Ka`anohi enjoys Hawaiian music and his “aqua-therapy” sessions at a popular surf spot called Honoli`i. In addition to surfing, he has a keen eye and interest for identifying the Hawaiian and Greek constellations in the night sky.
Ka'anohiokala most recently embarked on a Global Outreach in 2012 to provide nurturing and healing touch with the Liddle Kidz Foundation and a team of 21 other licensed professionals. The team spent 3 1/2 weeks traveling throughout Vietnam, visiting orphanages performing pediatric massage and training caregivers
May all those he serves through nurturing touch feel of his Aloha spirit.
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
I have the ability to share the aloha spirit with the volunteer team, and most of all the children. With this aloha spirit, I am able to connect with massage and apply these techniques to those in need.
Why would you like to participate in this outreach event?
I desire to expose myself to work and provide care to children with a variety of pediatric conditions. In order for me to progress in the field of pediatric massage, I feel studying with Tina Allen through this program will help me to gain valuable knowledge and experience.
Relevant qualifications and skills:
Licensed massage therapist, Certified Infant Massage Teacher, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, specialized pediatric massage training for the Autism Spectrum, and Orthopedic massage.
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!