LifeFest Kapalua
September 8-10, 2006

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2006 Keynote Speakers

Andrew Weil, MD

Dr. Weil has devoted the past thirty years to developing, practicing, and teaching others about the principles of integrative medicine. He is the Director of Integrative Health & Healing at Miraval life in Balance as well as the Founder and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine (PIM) at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University. A world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Weil is a best-selling author and editorial director of, the leading online resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. Dr. Weil's books include the national bestsellers Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, and most recentlyHealthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being. As a frequent guest on Larry King Live, Oprah, and The Today Show, Dr. Weil provides valuable information and insight on how to incorporate conventional and complementary medicine practices in one's life to optimize the body's natural healing power.

Tim Sanders

Sanders, a Yahoo! leadership coach, is an irrepressible advocate for good values in the business world and life in general. His first book, Love is the Killer App, quickly became a New York Times and international bestseller by showing how sharing generously leads to personal and professional success. Sanders’ second book, The Likeability Factor, goes a step further by boldly claiming that people who are well liked are more apt to get what they want out of life than those who are disliked. He has become one of the most sought-after speakers in America today, because of his passionate, high-energy delivery of the poignant message that you can find balance and achieve your life’s dreams by increasing your likeability factor (L-Factor) Sanders has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, and on NBC, FOX News Channel, MSNBC as well as being the subject of both PBS and 20/20 television specials.

2006 Presenters

Diane Alba-Means

Alba-Means is the author of Feng Shui Fashion Makeover for Success and founder of Hawaii Feng Shui on Maui. She is passionate about working with people and showing them new ways to create their own personal paradise through the use of color and the principles of Feng Shui. Alba-Means’ approach is grounded in 20 successful years as a decorator, educator, speaker, author, color and Feng Shui expert. She is a graduate of Lillian Too's Institute of Feng Shui, The Western School of Feng Shui, and Bauder College of Fashion and Interior Design.

Kabba Anand, D.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H.

Dr. Anand has been in private practice in Hawaii for almost 20 years; he co-founded AcuPlan Hawaii, Hawaii's first acupuncture Independent Practice Association, where he served as President for nine years. He pioneered the inclusion of acupuncture and Oriental medicine at Maui Memorial Medical Center and his efforts led to Allied Health staff privileges for Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractic, and Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Anand is nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, and served as Chairman for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicinefor three years and Commissioner for six years. He maintains active membership in several professional organizations, including the Society for Acupuncture Research and the National QiGong Association. Dr. Anand donates his time and expertise working with hospice patients, regularly teaches qigong, and serves as a research consultant. He is a columnist for Acupuncture Today and in November, he will co-teach satellite symposia “Acupuncture in Oncology Practice” at the Society for Integrative Oncology’s third annual international conference.

Lida Della Croce D.C.

Dr. Dellacroce is a Chiropractor and Health Educator on Maui’s West Side. She received her MA degree in Exercise Physiology/Wellness Education under the direction of Dr. F. D. Rohter at the University of Central Florida and her Doctorate from Life West Chiropractic College in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Dr. Dellacroce is currently focusing on dynamic healthy living projects.

Kajira Djoumahna

Djoumahna has studied various forms of belly dancing for over 15 years; for over a decade she has taught national and international classes and workshops in the American Tribal Style. She is the recipient of instruction awards from the International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and Zaghareet! Magazine. Djoumahna directs her troupes, BlackSheep BellyDance of CA & HI, and produces Tribal Fest in Northern California, which has won "Best Event and Favorite Promoter" twice in the Zaghareet! Magazine annual reader's poll. She holds her annual Maui Intensives at The Studio Maui. She is the author of The Tribal Bible, Exploring the Phenomenon That Is American Tribal Style Bellydance, and has released two instructional DVDs. To learn more please visit:

Christopher Griffin

Griffin, a Master ChiRunning® /ChiWalking® Instructor , was personally trained and mentored by Danny Dreyer, the founder of these two revolutionary techniques. A runner for over 20 years, Griffin experienced all of running’s challenges, injuries, pain and exhaustive physical effort; but after coming across ChiRunning® /ChiWalking® his experience of movement was forever changed. Running and walking went from result focused fitness sports to process oriented practices. The irony is, he has since finished in the top of his age group in multiple 5K, 10K, Dipsea Races and marathons (most recently qualifying for Boston) -- all with less effort, injury free and more enjoyment. Griffin lives in Northern California and travels throughout the United States and Canada, certifying the next generation of instructors. He also teaches these techniques to groups such as The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Leukemia Society’s Team In Training and private clients. ChiRunning® and ChiWalking® have been featured on television and in magazines, including The AARP, Body & Soul, Runner’s World, Self, Shape, Spa and the Washington Post. For more information, visit and

Tami Hulcher

Nationally recognized as “The Queen of Health™,” Hulcher is president and CEO of Ola Loa, Inc., health educator, writer, soon-to-be author, and mother of three children (ages 18, 19, 21). Her passions include children’s nutrition, cancer awareness, and the environment. Dubbed the ‘Erin Brockovich of Nutrition’ by the media because of her aggressive stance on toxic food environments; she has appeared on TV and radio speaking on cancer, obesity, children’s health, and autism. Hulcher’s popular lecture series is featured in medical facilities, schools & PTAs, athletic clubs, churches and women’s groups. Additionally, she has been a featured speaker for Boeing, American Heart Association, USC at Pepperdine, The Epilepsy Foundation, Whole Children/Whole Planet Expo, and the prestigious Oaks at Ojai Resort – just to name a few. Currently, Hulcher works with health care professionals to provide health and nutritional resources to autistic patients. For more information visit her website

Geordie Jahner, Ph.D., Psychology/Expressive Arts

Dr. Jahner is a dance artist, educator, and experienced facilitator of movement-based therapies. Formerly a professional modern dancer and dance teacher, Dr. Jahner currently leads seminars and workshops internationally teaching the 5Rhythms works of Gabrielle Roth and the Halprin Life/Art Process. She is a Teaching Associate of both The Moving Center NYC, and Tamalpa Institute CA, and serves as President of the Tamalpa Institute Board. Dr. Jahner is passionate about the exploration of dance as a healing art, as a performing art, and as spiritual practice. Her classes are designed to free the spontaneous dancer living inside each of us, inviting participants to sink deeper into presence. In answer to the question, “Why move?” Dr. Jahner quotes her teacher Gabrielle Roth, “The fastest way to still the mind, is to move the body.”


Mirka Kraftsow

Kraftsow has been teaching viniyoga and practicing yoga therapy since 1988, helping hundreds of individuals develop and maintain a personal practice and manage challenging personal and therapeutic conditions. She trains teachers and therapists at the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI) where her husband, founder Gary Kraftsow has been the Director of Teacher Development for more than a decade. She also developed material for his two books Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation as well as consulted on several successful yoga studies nationwide. Kraftsow lives on Maui and teaches weekly classes at The Studio Maui when she’s not leading retreats across the USA and Italy.

Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.

Dr. Liberman is the founder of Exercise Your Eyes, Inc. and author of Light: Medicine of the Future, Take off your Glasses and See and Wisdom From an Empty Mind. His work has been enthusiastically endorsed by leading figures in the fields of health and consciousness, including Deepak Chopra, Gary Zukav, Louise Hay, Eckhart Tolle, John Gray and Ram Dass, to name a few. Dr. Liberman has addressed more than 2000 live audiences, and has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television shows worldwide. He received a Doctorate of Optometry in 1973, a Ph.D. in Vision Science in 1986, and an honorary Doctorate of Science in 1996.

Renée Loux

Loux has a passion for food and green living. As the author of two books, Living Cuisine and most recently The Balanced Plate, she has worked in the field of nutrition and culinary arts for a dozen years as a chef, teacher, consultant and former owner of The Raw Experience restaurant in Paia, Hawaii. Loux appeared alongside Woody Harrelson in the movie Go Further, awarded “Audience Choice” at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. With an invested interest in conservation and sustainability, she sits on the Board of Maui Tomorrow, an advocacy group for land use planning and responsible growth for Maui County, and is active on GMO issues in Hawaii. Loux lives with her husband, Shep Gordon, in a house on the beach powered by solar energy. Visit her at

Elizabeth Kapu‘uwailani Lindsey, Ph.D.

Dr. Lindsey is a cultural anthropologist, award-winning filmmaker and former Miss Hawaii. Raised by native Hawaiian elders, she is the great-granddaughter of Hawaiian chiefs, English seafarers and Chinese merchants. An esteemed international speaker who captivates audiences with her passion for ancestral wisdom, Dr. Lindsey believes such knowledge has much to offer a modern world. Her speaking engagements include Capitol Hill, Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History and Oxford University. In Hawaii, Dr. Lindsey serves as an advisor to the Mauna Kea Astronomy Educational Center, Trustees of the Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and as a member of the board of PBS Hawaii. Her documentary Then There Were None, which was recently released on DVD, has become a Hawaiian history classic. To learn more about Hawaii's daughter visit

George Martin M.D

Dr. Martin is American Board Certified in both Dermatology and Internal Medicine. He is co-founder and medical director of the annual international dermatology meeting Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Martin has been awarded several teaching awards and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Martin has practiced general dermatology on Maui since 1989. His areas of interest are cancer and reconstructive surgery, laser surgery and cosmetic dermatology. He is the developer Doc Martin’s Sunblock, the premier waterproof sunblock used by professional athletes. Dr. Martin has recently opened Rejuvenescence Skin Care and Laser Center in Kihei, Maui.

Ashley Mueller

Mueller first stepped into a ballet class at age 5. From there her love for dance expanded to Modern, Character and Flamenco. She spent a total of 15 years classically training and teaching at Oregon Ballet Theater and San Francisco Ballet. Mueller began to simultaneously explore the worlds of yoga and Ballroom Dance and after a few years training, she apprenticed and taught regularly Hatha and Vinyasa Flow classes. Mueller also assisted in all forms of Ballroom Dance classes including East/West Coast Swing, Tango, Salsa, Fox Trot and more. Eventually she was lead to Maui where she furthered her knowledge of the body by attending massage school. Mueller says, "I believe it is important to learn expression through movement at a very young age. I thank my background in dance for the person I have become today. Nothing makes me happier than to be able to give the gift of dance to children and adults."

Clifford Nae‘ole

Nae‘ole is on the Board of Directors for the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association and Founder of Ho‘ohali‘a Consultants. He also serves as Hawaiian Culture Advisor to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Kapalua Land Company, Ltd.; additionally, Nae‘ole lectures internationally on Hawaiian culture and aloha, and works with companies to bridge the gap between Hawaii's host culture and businesses.

Kahu Kapi‘ioho Lyons Naone

Kahu Naone is a noted Hawaiian elder, healing practitioner, and teacher. Trained since the age of 6 in the traditional Hawaiian style in the most remote area of Maui, he now conducts healing sessions and practitioner training in Hawaii, on the mainland of the United States, the South Pacific, Germany and Switzerland. Kahu Naone is renowned as an expert in la‘au lapa‘au (Hawaiian herbal medicines), and he is more recently in demand for iluna a‘e (spiritual/emotional) and ho‘oponopono (conflict resolution) treatments. Kahu Naone is actively working to incorporate traditional healing elements into mainstream spa treatments and facilities.  

Kiki Powers, M.S.

Powers is the President and CEO of Natural Health Solutions, a national health writer, speaker, consultant and humanitarian entrepreneur. She has a background in health science, research, business development, and philanthropy. Powers is an activist for Nourish the Children, an organization committed to the goal of providing 5 million meals for starving children globally in 2006. For information on her company, go to or e-mail her at

Chief Sonne Reyna

Chief Reyna, from Yaqui-Carrizo Coahuilteka Nations of North America, is a Hereditary Chief, under his father, the late Chief J.J. Reyna and a Vietnam War veteran. As Nawal Eagle Clan Chief and traditional Sun Dancer - Sun Dance Society Peace Chief, Chief Reyna is a global advisor to tribal circles, educational institutions, corporations, and inter-faith groups. He shares ancestral songs and healing ceremonies through Coahuilteka Ceremonies to help enchant the hearts of humankind. A transformational healing artist and author, Chief Reyna, along with famed musician Steven Halpern, has created a magical CD of ancestral songs titled Healing Songs of Earth And Sky. Chief Reyna holds a degree in Theology and Communication Arts from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Frank D. Rohter Ph.D

Dr. Rohter is a trained Exercise Physiologist whose most recent distinctions include the Honor of Professor Emeritus and being inducted into the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame at the University of Central Florida. He is the Director of the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Wellness specializing in Coronary Artery Disease Prevention and Weight Management Intervention. Dr. Rohter has consulted for many public and private organizations, including Walt Disney World. He is also a Member Emeritus of the American College of Sports Medicine and has completed 12 marathons, 320 triathlons and 2 Ironman Triathlons since 1979.

David Romanelli

Romanelli co-founded At One Yoga, three state-of-the-art studios in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. A pioneering effort in the national yoga scene, At One Yoga fuses Western culture's fashion, music and technology with Eastern culture's sacred rituals and ancient tradition. In 2004, Romanelli and Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut Chocolat, launched Yoga + Chocolate with a retreat to Oaxaca, Mexico. The Yoga + Chocolate experience has since been featured in The New York Times, Marie Claire, and CBS News. Romanelli is a Yoga Health Expert on Yahoo! and was presented “The Power of Being Present” at the 2005 INC. 500 Conference. He also teaches daily yoga classes at Exhale in Santa Monica, Ca. For more information on Romanelli visit or Vosges Haut Chocolat at

Michael Stillwater

Stillwater, co-author of Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, is a musical artist and inspirational educator. An interfaith minister, he is creator of ChantWave, SoulVoice and SongCare, offering healing music for individuals and groups. Founder and director of the Care for the Journey program, he also consults with healthcare systems and hospices on reducing practitioner stress. He resides in North America and Europe, and together with his wife, Doris Laesser Stillwater, facilitates Art of Presence retreats. For more information, contact www.MusicHeals.Net

Kumu Ramsay Taum

Taum is the Special Assistant to the Dean on Host Culture and Community Affairs at the University of Hawaii Travel Industry Management School at Manoa. He is also Director of Oahu Operations for The Hawaii Nature Center. A graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Taum continues to consult with the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association as a speaker and cultural consultant integrating Native Hawaiian host cultural values and principles into contemporary business models through lectures, training classes and seminars.  He is a practitioner and instructor of several Native Hawaiian practices including hooponopono (stress management and conflict resolution), lomi haha (body alignment) and lua (Hawaiian combat/battle art). A devoted community advocate, Taum serves on numerous boards and councils.

Maka‘ala Yates, D.C.

Dr. Yates is a kanaka maoli (Hawaiian ancestry) who specializes in Hawaiian medicine. He is a board member of the Ahahui Ho‘ola Hawaii (Hawaiian Healers Council) and the Pacific Island Council of Traditional Healers, Dr. Yates has been practicing and teaching Hawaiian healing concepts for over 25 years, trained by the Hawaiian healing masters on his native home, the Big Island of Hawaii. He is President and Founder of Mana Ola Health Organization, an outreach program that provides free alternative healthcare and scholarships to individuals in communities that could otherwise not afford it, and the Hawaiian Healing Institute of Integrated Studies. Dr. Yates is presently writing a number of books on his work in the ancient Hawaiian sacred sciences of spiritual healing.


Ira Zunin, M.D., MPH, MBA

Dr. Zunin is the founder and medical director of Manakai O Malama Integrative Clinic and Rehabilitation Center specializing in preventive and occupational health, and executive wellness. He currently serves as President of the Hawaii State Consortium for Integrative Health Care established to support conferences, research, and business and legal solutions through a collaborative effort among major health care stakeholders. Dr. Zunin earned his medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Preventive Medicine in Hawaii and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health. After further experience in the field he earned Specialty Board Certification in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hawaii. He is also certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Dr. Zunin spent several years studying Tibetan medicine in India and Nepal and later gained additional training in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is also a physician acupuncturist, a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and was appointed by the Governor to the Hawaii State Board of Acupuncture.

LifeFest Kapalua is intended as an educational forum. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice and/or care. The views, opinions, practices and philosophies are solely those of the individual presenters, vendors, exhibitors and speakers. LifeFest Kapalua, Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. and Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd., their respective employees, representatives, agents, and sponsors, together with the County of Maui, neither endorse nor advocate the use of any modalities and/or practices put forth during LifeFest Kapalua by any of the presenters, vendors, exhibitors and speakers.