Alaka'i Associates

E Komo Mai...Welcome!

Alaka’i Associates mission is to be a guide for others in living a more activated life in health and wellness. Let’s journey together.


Musings, ideas, and inspirational stories.
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Wellness Products

Some of my favorite products.
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Here are some links to a few of my favorite resources that I have found helpful and inspiring.
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Lani Almanza

Lani Almanza


I was born in Hawai’i and raised on the Windward side of Oahu. My experience includes the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as teacher, trainer, and facilitator in both educational, business, and non-profit environments. All of my work has been committed to helping create healthier lives and communities.

Over my lifetime I have been fortunate to have a few very special mentors influence my life and I discovered that is also my gift – to guide and support people through life’s journey and transitions. I have built on that skill through both personal and professional experiences which have now become Alaka’i Associates.

The work of Alaka’i Associates is dedicated to the life and memory of one of my greatest mentors, Jacob Michael Almanza.

In gratitude, I invite you to join me on the journey.

Lani  Almanza
MA Communications
University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Kukui – The Tree of Light

Considered one of the “canoe plants” that arrived with Polynesian migration, with many uses including medicinal, food, dye and waterproofing for kapa, and fishing, but most revered for its role as both a literal and spiritual source of light. 

In recent tradition, it has come to symbolize enlightenment, knowledge, protection, guidance, peace, and learning. 

‘olelo no’eau: said to have been orignially cited by a Tahitian mother to her son, which poetically links the continuation of the ‘ohana and their enlightenment with the illumination shed by a chain of kukui seeds. “The seed was sown. It budded, it blossomed. It spread out and budded again and joined line on line, like the candlenut strung on one stem. ‘Tis lighted. It burns aglow and sheds its light o’er the land.

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