Discover Maui's Healing Sites, Spas and Resorts

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Byline: Judy Babcock Wylie Daily Herald Correspondent

On a recent trip to Maui, I was able to sample many healing therapies and experiences, from hearing chanting to encourage souls on their journey to the next life, to being scrubbed with a soothing mixture that included fragrant Hawaiian gingers, to having a lomi-lomi massage in an outdoor thatched hale overlooking the water. If you are headed to Maui and would like to try some healing practices, here are some contacts that will help.

In lovely Hana, reached by a twisty road leading through eucalyptus groves and past rushing waterfalls, the Hotel Hana Maui at Hana Ranch, www.hotelhanamaui.com, (808) 248-8211, has a new spa that offers a Hydrating Ginger Scrub and Mask that is great for calming inflammation and aiding digestion. If you prefer a cleansing, try the Polynesian Body Glow, made up of Hawaiian sea salt, native alae clay and kukui nut oil.

A short walk from the hotel and up a hill through the trees I found the Luana Spa Retreat, www.luanaspa.com, (808) 248-8855, on a private piece of land with terrific views. Director Nancy Plenty offers authentic Hawaiian lomi-lomi massage in an indoor yurt or an outdoor thatched structure where the breezes waft over your body and your muscles melt under her practiced hands.

At the Hotel Hana Maui I met native Hawaiian spiritual and healing practitioner Kahu Kapi'ioho'okalani Lyons Naone, judy@@tiki.net, (808) 871-7555, who took my friends and me to a sacred site where he chanted to call the ancestors and ask permission to walk their lands. Local people come to him with problems both physical and spiritual and he often recommends local plants and meditation. We then hiked to a "leaping up" place near a cliff overhanging a rocky cove, where he said Hawaiians have come to celebrate a soul going on to the next life. …