Alaka'i Associates

E Komo Mai...Welcome!

Alaka’i Associates provides support and guidance through the various and varied transitions of our life journey, connecting you with the resources needed to live a healthier and enriching life.

Lani Almanza

Lani Almanza


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.

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.

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


Musings, ideas, and inspirational stories.
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Here are some links to a few of my favorite resources that I have found helpful and inspiring…


Alaka’i Associates will present, host, and collaborate on a variety of workshops, retreats, and gatherings throughout the year to meet the interests of our followers and friends. We look forward to seeing you.

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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