Skip to main content

Natural Awakenings Hawaii

Kapoho Hawaii Retreat by World Medicine Institute: Come Learn, Refresh, Rejuvenate and Heal in a Magnificent Setting

Jun 30, 2016 05:45AM ● By TERRI FUNAKOSHI

World Medicine Institute (WMI), of Honolulu, is renowned for providing quality education for people on a path to become a Master in Acupuncture, or Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. They also offer a Doctor of Philosophy in Taoist Studies. 

As part of their curriculum, WMI offers students opportunities to participate in learning and healing retreats. From July 30 through August 14, WMI is holding a retreat where students will study and lodge at Kapoho Hawaii Center on Hawai'i Island. This retreat property on the Big Island is situated on 5 lush, tranquil acres and features three new classroom and lodging buildings.

WMI has decided to make this retreat available to those other than their current students, and, as such, is extending a gracious invitation to individuals interested in healing arts or that want to experience this magnificent, rejuvenating retreat atmosphere. To make this opportunity even more attractive, they have packaged the program in sections to make it possible for people to come for as few as one day or as many as all seven. Dr. Chang Yi Hsiang, Ph.D., Taoist master and founder of WMI, is delighted to share the extraordinary Kapoho retreat with local practitioners and guests, where Taoist methods and Chinese medicinal practices will be taught while immersed in nature's beautiful creations.

The program is tailored along six paths, and the retreat’s website ( provides complete itineraries for each program. Here’s a brief summary:

  • The Kapoho Intensive is a seven-day course that provides individualized instruction for self-use as well as how to teach Taoist practices and secrets to others. Important principles of feng shui will be presented to enhance good fortune and destiny, along with instruction on using the unseen life force to extend potential, talents and chakras. July 30-August 6.
  • The Chinese Herbal Medicine course is offered in both a three-day and five-day program, each offering a certificate at the end. August 8–10 (3-day) and August 8-12 (5-day).
  • The Lomi Lomi Body Mind Spirit five-day certification course includes instruction from special guest instructor Kapono Aluli Souza, who has more than 20 years of experience as a practitioner and professional therapist, and is one of the most innovative martial bodyworkers today in Hawai’i. His instruction includes the philosophy, theory, history, strategies, therapeutics and processes of lomi lomi; and he offers both demonstrations and hands-on instruction. August 6-10.  
  • The Chinese Hawaiian Herbal Medicine three-day certification course outlines the similarities between the Chinese and Hawaiian systems, with attention paid to the functions and meanings of the herbs, methods of cutting them, herbal dosages and contraindications. August 12-14.
  • The Longevity, Beauty and Good Fortune two-day weekend course is for individuals to learn how to collect qi (life force) to nourish their organs, face, hair and skin, along with principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and to learn how to detoxify hollow organs based on their astrology. August 6-7.
  • The Health and Wellness Retreat is a one-day program that offers a therapeutic massage, personal astrology reading and nutritional assessment. August 7, 8 or 12.

For more information about World Medicine Institute and what they offer, visit For further details about the retreat and to register, visit

Terri Funakoshi is an accomplished retail and marketing executive who loves sharing the spirit of her Hawai’i birthplace. With a degree in Merchandising and Marketing from University of Hawai’i at Manoa and more than 30 years’ experience in the travel retail industry she started Marketing HI, a specialty marketing and product development company. She also founded the Hawai’i Culture and Retail Association, where she mentors young artists and entrepreneurs of Hawai’i. Connect with Terri at [email protected].

October Digital Edition



October Edition Video
Global Brief