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What’s happening at Tutu’s House?

For a comprehensive monthly schedule and more details, visit and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although donations are much appreciated. Please call 885-6777 to register for classes.


from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, 20 and 27, with Andy or Carla. From arthritis to asthma, back pain to cancer, or just basic stress, yoga supports healing on all levels of being. Using positions of the body and breathing to promote health and well-being, this guided practice offers an opportunity to stretch, strengthen and align your body. Turn on your body’s healing powers, while supporting flexibility, attitude, stress level and overall circulation.


11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, March 19 and 22, with Mana Takei. Healing through yoga comes from learning to listen to our breath and being mindful of what helps our body relax and re-energize. Calming the mind with our breath opens flexibility, while stretching brings our body into wholeness. We will learn at least 10 fundamental poses in these slow, gentle sessions.


from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, with Kiyomi Falcon, RYT, LMT; yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It increases body awareness, relieves chronic stress patterns and muscle strain, relaxes mind and body, centers attention and frees the spirit.


from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24, with Richard Adoradio, music mentor and performing singer-songwriter from San Jose, Calif. A fun and unpredictable playshop where participants intuitively create musical soundscapes. All are encouraged to bring their favorite instrument along with an open mind and heart. While no musical experience is required and participation is voluntary, listening is essential.


from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, with Dr. Joseph Brilliant, a new chiropractor in Waimea who will discuss common postural issues affecting the neck and forward head postures in relation to headaches and overall health and well-being. The second half of the program will take participants through a light workout to address postural health issues including low back pain, shoulder pain, and core strengthening techniques. Dress comfortably. A group Q-and-A session will include general health information.


the PUMP from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14, with Virginia Fortner. Any age can “Prime the Pump” toward writing. Sentence-starters can lead to a list, memoir, stand on an issue, or poem. Whatever lies beneath the left-brain response can be brought to the surface as you simply let ideas flow from your pen as they arise. Sometimes what does not come is as surprising as what does. Set your intent to simply enjoy yourself in this opportunity to be creatively inspired and leave with a fresh approach.


from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 15, with Chikako Hoshino-Powers, CMT, specializing in fascia and connective tissue body realignment. Proper head massage enhances psychological well-being and relieves tension. Learn to relax and release stress by using simple applications that have powerful benefits. This practice can release emotions you might not realize you’ve been holding. Ear reflexology massage stimulates and supports health and energy for the entire body. Bring one large and two hand towels.


from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, with Jenn Noble. Explore the basics of meditation and its benefits through gentle stretching to prepare your body and then be guided step-by-step through a reclined meditation experience. Afterwards, we will reflect, journal and share our experiences with the group. Suitable for anyone interested in meditation. Please bring a journal and pen, yoga mat or large towel, pillows, blankets and warm, comfy clothing.


from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, (and every third Tuesday/monthly) with Sindona Cassteel, MFT, bereavement counselor for North Hawaii Hospice. A video presentation from Dying Into Love, an intimate conversation among four authorities in the field, followed by a moderated round table discussion. Explore your attitudes and expectations; learn skills to help others and have a more fulfilling and happier life. We have all kinds of education—but what prepares us to deal with the death of a loved one or our own passing?


from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, with Karyn Clay, professional caregiver since 1995. Whether you are a caregiver by heart, hire or relationship, join fellow caregivers in sharing stories, support and inspiration, including discussion about the importance of self-care.

MINDFULNESS FOR HEALTH from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, with JonMarie Kerns, medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Through the basic principles of hypnosis and mindfulness, experience how easily and quickly you can learn to align inner brain and body resources that support health and wellness. Lessen the effects of stress, chronic pain, emotional challenges, digestive issues and much more. Sharpen focus, create peaceful confidence and support healthy lifestyle changes through your own daily practice. Experience self-hypnosis techniques and take the benefits and skills away with you. For enhanced benefit, please bring pillows and a cozy throw blanket.

UNDERSTANDING LEARNING DISABILITIES, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, with Alice Bratton, parent partner with Hawaii Families as Allies. How difficult can this be? The F.A.T. City Workshop, gives participants the experience of the frustration, anxiety and tension that our special needs kids live with all the time. Filled with practical tips for promoting our kids’ success at school, this program also provides a dose of empathy … necessary for truly understanding our children. Call Bratton at 322-1542 for more information.

LET’S TALK INTERVENTION, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 22, with Chris Kelly, founder of Prevention Plus. Are you concerned about someone’s addictive behaviors or substance use? Have you tried to help or wanted to but didn’t know where to start or couldn’t find the words? Join this community circle with an experienced interventionist and prevention specialist to learn useful tools and techniques including dos and don’ts, phrases that work and how to change or save a person’s life. For more information, call Kelly at (424) 644-0123.

USING YOUR iPad from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, with Claire Grant, former instructor of Digital Technologies at San Francisco State University. Do you feel you aren’t taking advantage of all of the features on your iPad? Or worse, is it sitting in a drawer because it seems too daunting to attempt? No worries! We’ll gingerly step through the basics of using your iPad. You’re welcome, even if you haven’t bought an iPad yet, if you just want to see if it’s for you.

ANCIENT YOGA from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, with Deanna Zivalic. This practice includes a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing awareness, character and consciousness. It is an integrated system of exercise, breath control and meditation combining yoga postures with breathing techniques for a vigorous workout. Wear loose clothing, and bring water, a small towel and a yoga mat.

WOMEN’S HEALTH: PELVIC FLOOR CONTROL from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, with Marilyn Nishi, physical therapist at Hawaiian Rehabilitation Services. This talk will provide information about pelvic floor muscle training and tips that can help improve control, prevent/decrease prolapse, leakage and urgency. Learn about bladder irritants and the correct way to do abdominal exercises. A second session on Wednesday, April 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. will focus on exercises. Bring your exercise ball, towel and water.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP for WOMEN from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26. Whether a survivor, currently in treatment, recently diagnosed, or coping with the effects of cancer on a loved one, you are invited to join Corinne Higa, Susan Nakahara, Masako Nitta, Pat Owen, Carolyne Riley, Thelma Ryusaki, Jennifer Snyder and others to discover the power of healing through connection with others who share a common bond.

WAKE UP YOUR SENSES TO A NEW WAY OF EATING from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, with Vivienne Aronowitz, registered dietician and certified diabetes educator. How do you choose what foods to eat? Are you on the “see-food” diet ~ eating what’s in front of you? Or do you read the latest articles, listen to talk shows and dive into the diet-of-the-month? Do your emotions dictate your food choices? It’s useful to understand your style. Come learn how to make conscious, thoughtful eating your everyday practice.

ANCIENT YOGA from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, with Deanna Zivalic. This practice includes a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing awareness, character and consciousness. It is an integrated system of exercise, breath control and meditation combining yoga postures with breathing techniques for a vigorous workout. Wear loose clothing, and bring water, a small towel and a yoga mat.

TUTU’S QUILTERS from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., every Monday with Kathy Lukens. For beginners and experienced; learn quilting Hawaiian style while meeting a great group of people; initial supplies are provided or bring something you are working on. Good company and encouragement guaranteed.

TUTU’S HOUSE WRITERS’ SUPPORT GROUP from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday. If you like to write in the dark of night by candlelight, sculpting emotional transgressions into artistic expressions, this group is for you! We have new writers to published authors—many genres: fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry. It is a supportive, encouraging place to share one’s writing. You are invited to read, listen and give feedback when requested.

KNITTING AND KNITTING SUPPORT from 12:30 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday with Gretchen Geisler, lifetime knitter. Bring your projects, get your knitting questions answered, and visit with other knitters. Beginners will be guided into a suitable project.

FIT~4~FUN for Women from 8 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, with Kathy Cazimero, fitness enthusiast; this low impact cardio/strength workout includes stretching, leg exercises and weight training to support bone mass integrity as we age. Please bring your own weights to work on arms, shoulders, legs and overall body balance. Athletic shoes, a towel and comfortable clothes required. Good exercise = Energy = Fun!

ADVANCED UKULELE from 9:30 to 11 a.m., every Tuesday, with Aunty Marjie Spencer. Join other experienced players of all ages to learn more about the ukulele through friendship and song. Bring your own ukulele and three-ring binder for music.

NATURAL MOVEMENT from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday, with Andy Russell. Through the lens of basic anatomy, yoga, strength, conditioning and other movement practices, this class helps participants at all levels become more aware and knowledgeable about their body and the way it moves, by creating a space to look deeply at basic everyday actions while encouraging self-awareness and exploration into making these movements more efficient and comfortable.

SCRABBLE MEETUP from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday, with Annabel Spielman. Word lovers of every age and skill level are encouraged to play this classic (yoga for the brain) game with relaxed rules – dictionary use permitted. There is room for games of 2 to 4 players. It’s a great way to retain and expand vocabulary, spelling, memory and observation skills in a congenial atmosphere.