Kahuna Valley Wellness Retreat & The Kauai Peace Project

Wellness Couple Creates Sanctuary, Promote Higher Learning

Kahuna Valley Wellness Retreat & The Kauai Peace Project

This week we at B on Hawaii had the privilege of meeting perhaps the coolest cats on Kauai--Daisy Lee and Francesco Garripoli--who run Kahuna Valley, a non-profit wellness center and foundation. We are happy to aide them in promoting a rather special event coming up on November 17th, entitled the Kauai Peace Project. Daisy and Francesco organized a concert, talk story and informative evening to raise money for their "Mentor Ohana" programs. The programs mentor children with parents in prison, as well as high school students needing vocational advising. Both are fantastic causes, with the aim of insuring better futures for both our youth, and the communities in which they live. Kahuna Valley uses a combination of self-esteem and confidence building practices as well as mind and spirit healing through positive exercises to encourage a positive lifestyle.

The Kauai Peace Project will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue; tickets are $20. Performers include Brother Noland, Na Kama and the Kapaa Middle School Ukulele Band.

Aside from the Peace Project, Daisy and Francesco operate an incredibly serene healing center at Kahuna Valley, on a 6-acre plot tucked in to the mountains above Kapaa. Daisy--a certified Qigong teacher, trained body healer, martial arts practitioner and filmmaker--offers classes on a weekly basis. Husband Francesco is a certified watsu healer and practitioner, writer, television producer and wellness advocate. His documentary "Qigong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century" airs frequently on PBS, which the channel has used to raise more than $350,000 to date.

The couple began Kahuna Valley four years ago with a loan for the property, a schoolbus (which they lived out of) and a handful of fruit trees for sustenance. They now spend the majority of their time offering energy services to in-the-know visitors and residents of Kauai, and giving Kauai's youth a better chance at positive life experiences.

Watsu treatments with Francesco in a customized, salinized pool with waterfall set in a secluded, peaceful valley, costs $120 per session.

Qigong classes with Daisy are $95 per day, or $170 for 2 days. If you want to learn more about Qigong and it's healing properties, you can buy a selection of their DVDs at the Web site ($20 for one, two for $30).