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     When Tai Hawkins and Alicia Yang graduated from acupuncture school together, they knew they had a special synergy. Tai, born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii and a cultural/athropology dancer, was an avid traveler, passionate about traditional and earth-centered healing cultures, and an avid ocean lover. Alicia Yang, a cancer survivor and former social justice organizer from the Bay Area, California moved to Hawaii with a passion for community, healing, and Chinese Medicine. Together, these two hosted gatherings, parties, and brought together circles of people through their love for the earth, dance, and traditional medicine - inviting inspiration and space in the community to support wellness and transformation. After working at Kama'aina Acupuncture with their teacher, Joe Bright, the two opened Olanani AcuOasis as a sister clinic. Today, Olanani a trusted sanctuary for personal and collective healing in Kailua that is welcome to all.

     Both Tai and Alicia believe strongly in the “Qi” of the medicine that they create. Every formula and product they offer is made with their utmost intention of providing the best form of herbal support, utilizing knowledge gained through their formal education in Chinese medicine and experience as practitioners.

 

Alicia Yang, M.S.A.O.M, M.Ed.
Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

Alicia Yang received her masters in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture in Honolulu, Hawai’i from the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. As a childhood cancer survivor, Chinese medicine was an integral part of how her family confronted illnesses. Her interests include facial and cosmetic acupuncture, autoimmune diseases, women’s health, sports orthopedics acupuncture, Chinese nutritional therapy and herbal medicine.  She trained with master Dr. Shi Zhong Xiao, Joe Bright, founder of Kama'aina Acupuncture in Honolulu, and Whitfield Reaves, founding leader of western sports orthopedics acupuncture, as well as Virginia Doran, pioneer of facial rejuvenation acupuncture. To balance and cultivate her own health, Alicia practices Medical Qigong from the teachings of mentor and master Leon Letoto.  Alicia graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her background comes through a passion for working with communities for healing and social justice.

“I realized that Chinese medicine has been deeply embedded into my narrative of survival, hope and experience of transformation and resiliency in the world. Now, it is with a tremendous sense of gratitude and responsibility that I am able to support my community and the world with knowledge of this incredible medicine, and help bring a much needed balance back to our lives. I wake up everyday feeling honored to share it.” - Alicia 

Tai Hawkins, M.S.A.O.M
Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Massage Therapist     

 

Tai Hawkins studied acupuncture in Honolulu, Hawai'i at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, where she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine.  During her final year of school, Tai completed two externships in China at the Guangzhou TCM hospital and Tianjin TCM hospital and also trained with Facial Rejuvenation pioneer Virginia Doran.  Tai has been practicing acupuncture in the state of Hawaii for seven years has also been a licensed massage therapist for over twenty years.  She is certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Council on Chinese Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Her areas of interest include facial acupuncture, musculoskeletal issues, women's health, stress management, and herbal medicine.  Tai graduated with a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a minor in Dance from Stanford University.  In addition to healing through Chinese Medicine, Tai is an ardent believer in the healing power of dance. She now performs, teaches, and hosts dance workshops throughout the islands.  Born and raised in Kailua, Tai has been shaped by the multitude of lessons the ocean has to offer to us.  One of her favorite sayings about health and beauty comes from a paddling coach who always used to yell from the beach, “feeling good, looking good”; the internal environment is always reflected to the outside world, and in that way, wellness is beauty and vitality.

“Nature and movement have always been healing forces in my life.  As a young hula dancer, we would go to the forest to gather leaves and flowers to make our own lei for performances, only after we gave the proper offerings and gratitude to the aina and the plants.  We learned dances and chants that honored people, places and plants, rooted in the oral histories of Hawaii. We learned protocol; how to clear negative energy before entering a shared space, how to honor predecessors and teachers, how to cleanse the body and spirit in the ocean, and how to close the mouth and open the ears…..All of these teachings, experiences and practices shaped my relationship and mindset toward learning, nature, community and their innate connectivity to my purpose and my wellness.”  - Tai