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Aunty Margaret Machado, by Carolyn Lucas



Aunty Margaret Machado

“If your hands are gentle and loving, your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart and the love of God will flow through you.”  Margaret Machado

Aunty Margaret Machado, a renowned kahuna, lomilomi master and "living treasure of Hawaii," died early Monday, December 28th, 2010 at her home in Kainaliu, where she was surrounded by family and friends. She was 93.

Margaret lived "a life of compassion, unconditional love and acceptance." A kind and patient person, she was more than willing to give straight-forward answers, as well as listen patiently without judging anyone who sought her counsel, said her daughter Nerita Machado, of Kealakekua.

Margaret also had "an extraordinary ability" to read people, get them to open up and often shared ho'oponopono, the respected Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Before sunset, she advised those involved in disputes to search their hearts, empty all of themselves, confess ill feelings or sins to God, and to ask for forgiveness and help to make things right. She often said that one couldn't sleep with a troubled mind or heart, Nerita said.

Born on Oahu to C. Solomon and Elizabeth Au Solomon, she was orphaned at a young age and raised in a missionary home. At age 10, she was blessed by her grandfather, John Au, who was a kahuna with the ability to diagnose illnesses with special pebbles and breath, as well as make medicine. He traveled on a barge in the steerage section, where cattle was kept, from Napoopoo to Honolulu to find her and reveal her destiny as a healer and teacher. He blessed her with a long chant in Hawaiian, which, at the time, she didn't understand because she only knew English because of her Christian upbringing. He named her Kalehuamakanoeluluuonapali, Nerita said.

While at McKinley High School in Honolulu, she used lomilomi to treat injured athletes. After graduation, she received nursing training from the nuns at Saint Francis Hospital and worked at a Shriners Hospital in Honolulu, Nerita said.
In 1939, she met and married Daniel Machado Sr. The couple raised their family in Napoopoo and helped run a store, which did not do very well because Machado didn't sell cigarettes or beer. One fond childhood memory Nerita had was not being allowed to swim in the ocean until she made 10 lei of seeds and shells, which her mother sold at Kealakekua Bay in the late 1950s.

Margaret was the first lomilomi teacher certified by the state in 1965. Nerita said she was self-taught, receiving her knowledge from the massage and anatomy books she constantly studied. By the early '70s, she taught lomilomi to students who came from around the world to stay a month at her Keei Beach home and absorb her teachings. She often told students, "If your hands are gentle and loving, your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart and the love of God will flow through you."

According to Nerita, Margaret's family initially criticized her for teaching lomilomi because they felt that it only belonged in the family. Still she continued because "once she had her mind set, that was it." But she also believed lomilomi was "love work" and God wanted her to share it.

On his second day in Hawaii in 1996, Captain Cook resident Chuck Flaherty met Margaret on the lanai of her beach house. He had come to the island to study massage and several people recommended he see Margaret.

Upon introducing himself, Margaret fondly called him Chucky. Endearingly, she also mentioned her horse behind the house had the same name as him and that she liked to feed it carrots. Later he learned the horse actually belonged to the local postmaster.

During his apprenticeship, he witnessed how Margaret made a huge difference in the lives around her and could bring people of all walks of life, races and creeds together. He called Margaret a special human being and true cultural treasure.

Besides Nerita, Margaret is survived by her daughters, Lana and Alohalani, as well as son, Daniel Jr.


Aloha Mai - We come with love!

Jairo Kealoha Cardona & Dennis Kamalu Stovall, LMT's, NCBTMB
SACRED BODYWORK Founders/Directors
Lomi kumu teachers

Sacred Bodywork is a Massage and Bodywork Continuing Education & Healing Arts Center in Homestead, Florida. We are dedicated to teach, promote and perpetuate the ancient art of Hawaiian Lomilomi, and promote and honor the Hawaiian culture and healing arts. As part of our LomiLomi curriculum we recommend all our Lomi students to gradually get immersed in the ancient wisdom of the Hawaiian philosophy, the magic of the Hawaiian mysticism; the universal principles of Huna and in the Spirit of Aloha. We want to be a cultural channel and inspiration for all of our students and allow them to fee, sense, live the touch of ALOHA, and while learning Lomilomi Temple Style learn the richness of the Hawaiian thought and spirituality as well.
Today we honor the contribution of Joy, Compassion, Love and Aloha of a great spiritual Lomilomi teacher: Margaret Kalehuamakanoelu’ulu’uanapali Machado (1916-2009), who was a great example to all; in our lifetime, we may be graced with the presence of few great Lomi Kumu teachers and she was one of them. These unique people shape our lives for the better because of their greatness, and we deeply admire them for that. A great teacher instills inside of us values, knowledge, hopes and dreams. Once they’ve been taught to us, we are changed for the rest of our lives!
We honor and remember her lifework and her Lomi teachings; her philosophy was simple, yet profound. Auntie Margaret Machado, taught us: "Lomilomi is praying work." “LomiLomi is a loving touch, letting them feel you. When they feel loving hands on their body, they’ll respond: ‘She loves me, she’ll take good care of me, and I’m going to get well.’ It’s your talk and your approach. They know that you love them. Getting them to relax their body so there will be no stress. It’s love!” “If your hands are gentle and loving, your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart. His soul will reach out to yours.” let's follow her example and embrace the spirit of Aloha and love others as we love ourselves.
Mahalo nui loa/thanks Auntie Margaret for sharing the meaning of ALOHA with the world.
Blessings, and a big wave of Aloha to all,

Jairo Kealoha Cardona and Dennis Kamalu Stovall




NCBTMBSacred Bodywork, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. NCBTMB Provider # 450670-08, and by the States of Florida and Louisiana Boards of Massage Therapy, Florida CE Provider # 50-9043 and Louisiana CE Provider #LAO0155.