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What’s happening at Tutu’s House?

For a comprehensive monthly schedule with more details, visit and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although donations are appreciated. Please call 885-6777 to register for classes. Tutu’s House will be closed on Monday, May 26, for Memorial Day.


from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, hosted by Dee Anne Domnick and Mala Landt, Hawaii Island midwives and educators, committed to childbirth education and helping to make doulas an option for every birth team. View the documentary “Doulas,” followed by an informational talk story. Studies have shown that births have better outcomes when a doula is present. Doulas will be on hand to answer questions.


from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on every Thursday starting May 8, with Marie Bouman, LMT, dancer; this is a restorative movement class with a focus on core strengthening and joint mobility. Discover, and then strengthen, the muscles that support your spine … and enjoy it, too!


from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9 and 23, with Marie Bouman, an advanced level CranioSacral therapist offering two informal discussions about this restorative and preventative healthcare modality. May 9 will focus on how it can help with general stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and PTSD. May 23 will focus on benefits for whiplash, headaches (especially migraines), closed head injuries and back pain.


for Women from 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday (except May 16), with Ranya Williams. Join us for a fun video workout, appropriate for all levels of fitness, whether you are preparing your body for pregnancy or trying to get your body back afterwards. Keiki will be able to play while we sweat, so bring them along! Open to all women with or without children. Please wear comfortable clothes and exercise shoes. Bring water, a towel, yoga mat and light weights or resistance bands (if you have them).


Percussion Clinic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, with Richard Adoradio, music mentor. This hands-on workshop is designed for musicians of all levels and ages. Using contemporary rhythms of popular music, participants will learn how to keep the basic beat of a song, as well as discover the elements necessary to create and maintain an infectious groove. Bring your drum and/or favorite hand percussion instruments.


from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 12, with Richard Adoradio, music mentor and performing singer-songwriter. A fun, unpredictable playshop where participants intuitively create musical soundscapes. Bring your favorite instrument along with an open mind and heart. While no musical experience is required and participation is voluntary, listening is essential.


from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, with Karyn Clay, professional caregiver since 1995 and owner of Ho‘onani Place, Waimea’s adult day care center. 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.


from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays, with Rebekah Evergreen or Carla Orellana (May 15). 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 turn on your body’s healing powers, while supporting flexibility, attitude, stress level and overall circulation.


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!

SCRABBLE MEETUP from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday, with Gary Cassel. 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.

YOGA BASICS from 8 to 9 a.m. every Monday (except May 26), with Janet Lam. Start your week with a smile – feeling balanced, flexible and strong. The movement sequence during this class can accommodate students new to yoga or returning to a yoga practice.

TUTU’S QUILTERS from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., every Monday (except May 26), 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.

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.

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 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.

BEGINNER’S YOGA from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6 and 13, 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.

ANCIENT YOGA from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday, with Deanna Olivier. 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.