EMOTIONAL ALCHEMY: Holding Council with Trauma and Grief with Emotional Intelligence Cultural Practitioner Ke’oni Hanalei

Jun 29, 2022

Listen To This Episode If…

You are a spiritual entrepreneur who provides services to clients rooted in indigenous or traditional ancestral knowledge and are unsure how to present this information in a way that is ethical but relatable to a contemporary audience. 



As I deepen my relationship to Daoist spirituality and philosophy, I am learning that there is more that connects us than divides us. When we anchor into traditional practices, regardless of where it comes from, the thread that roots the work is our connection to nature. I had the honor of interviewing Ke’oni Hanalei who is a descendant of the Mū people, the inhabitants of Papahānaumokuakea (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) before the migration of the Polynesians, through the lines of Kā’ō’u’ikalanikaleimaumau, Ololu on his maternal grandmothers line, and Mahat on his maternal grandfathers line. 


What I found fascinating about our conversation is that despite the fact that our spiritual lineages were separated in time and space, there was so much overlap that we were able to find a common language to speak about the energetics of boundaries, presence and trauma activation through the unique lens of our traditions. 


Come join us as we discus how practitioners inspired by traditional medicinal lineages can share ancient ways of knowing in a way that honors the sacred core principles of its teachings.


What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Holding healthy boundaries around traditional medicine and ways of knowing
  • How boundaries can be seen an invitation rather than rejection
  • The importance of staying present in the body to spiritual practice 
  • How sacred trauma can act as an activator for re-alignment with your Dao
  • How balanced yin and yang can facilitate the ability to discern and then take practical action



Your Speakers:

Kat Lee  is an Intimacy + Relationship Coach, host of The Empowered Curiosity Podcast and Creator of The Heart Lab. She guides pattern-breakers to alchemize their emotions and embody their healing journey to cultivate intimacy as a spiritual practice. 


Ke’oni  is a descendant of the Mū people, the inhabitants of Papahānaumokuakea (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands) before the migration of the Polynesians. His maternal grandmother, Kau’ikeonalani, was a well known healer on the island of Maui. Ke’oni was fortunate to become hanaid (adopted) by Kau’ikeonalani upon birth and spent the first 5 years of his life immersed in ancient practice and mysticism. He is just one of only a handful of practitioners who have access and are willing to share this ancient archaic knowledge, or “pre- flood ‘ike.” Pua’aehuehu, Fern Medicine, or emotional intelligence, is one aspect of this ‘ike, and dominates what he expresses today. 


This podcast is made possible with sound production by Andre Lagace.
Original music by
Mayan Kites


I facilitate conversations through 1:1 coaching and various community offerings to guide curious humans to remember their True Self - who they are beyond the conditioning, the "shoulds", the trauma stories + the overriding of desires. If you need permission to step into the wholeness of your emotions and Being, let me show you that you’ve been the one holding the pen.

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