ACKNOWLEDGING THAT AUNTIE MARGARET KALEHUAMAKANOELU’ULU’UONAPALI SOLOMON MACHADO HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS SHALL BE A HAWAIIAN CULTURAL TREASURE AS WELL AS AN INTERNATIONAL TREASURE TO COUNTLESS PEOPLE OF MANY DIFFERENT CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD BY HAVING BEEN A GIFTED, INSPIRATIONAL SOURCE FOR HEALING THROUGH HER FAITH IN GOD AND THE ART AND CULTURE OF HAWAIIAN LOMILOMI.
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret Kalehuamakanoelu‘ulu‘uonapali Solomon Machado, the daughter of John Solomon and Lizzie Au Johnson, was born in Honolulu on August 21, 1916; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret’s grandfather, John Aha‘ulakeali‘i Au, was the kahu (caretaker) of the Hikiau heiau on Kealakekua Bay, a kahuna lä‘au lapa‘au (master of healing herbs) who used papa ‘ili‘ili (small waterworn stones) to diagnosis and teach about diseases of the body and who was nicknamed “Ko‘o” (helper) as a result of powerful skills in ho‘oponopono, the prayerful art of mental and spiritual cleansing; and
WHEREAS, Ko‘o had given Auntie Margaret her Hawaiian name and, near the end of his life, traveled to O‘ahu where he chanted Auntie Margaret’s lineage and bestowed his blessing to carry on his work when Auntie Margaret was 10 years of age; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret was taught by her aunt, Elizabeth Ka‘awenui Kai‘opua how to apply her hands, pressure of hands, and distribution of body weight in training for the traditional art and culture of lomilomi (Hawaiian massage); and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret became the first licensed massage therapist in the state of Hawai‘i of Hawaiian descent; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret prayed about whether she should teach non-Hawaiians and that Jesus told her that “we are all brothers and sisters”; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret began teaching and training students in lomilomi, lä‘au lapa‘au, and ho‘oponopono in the early 1970s and came to be known as “Auntie Margaret”; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret taught that “aloha and prayer are the essence of lomilomi…touching the body with a loving touch, if your hands are gentle and loving, your patient will feel the sincerity of your heart and their soul will reach out to yours so the Lord’s healing will flow through you both”; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret taught her students to practice ho‘oponopono, “before the setting of the sun, make things right between yourself, your God, and your fellow man…forgive everyone, especially those you love”; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Margaret believed that, when her students came to stay at her beachhouse at Ke‘ei, South Kona, on the island of Hawai‘i to learn the traditional art and culture of Hawaiian lomilomi, they became ‘ohana (family) through aloha; and
WHEREAS, along with her husband and partner for 67 years, Daniel Machado, Auntie Margaret believed that “the world needs lomilomi” and has thereby profoundly enriched the lives of nearly two thousand students throughout Hawai‘i and all points of the world;
BE IT NOW RESOLVED by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Convention at Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku, Oahu this 29th day of October 2011 that Auntie Margaret Kalehuamakanoelu‘ulu‘uonapali Solomon Machado has been and always shall be a Hawaiian cultural treasure as well as an international treasure to countless people of many different cultures around the world by having been a gifted, inspirational source for healing through her faith in God and the art and culture of Hawaiian lomilomi; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that certified copies of this resolution be transmitted to the ‘ohana of Margaret Kalehuamakanoelu‘ulu‘uonapali Solomon Machado, the Kona Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association, and the Kona Historical Society.