Pili Moreno

Pili Moreno


Pili Moreno with rainbow over his shoulder

Pili (Lyn ‘Unihipiliowailelepualu Moreno) is a healer, musician, ceremonialist, and kumu (teacher) of The Path of Aloha, a way of spirituality and meditation deeply rooted in the traditional wisdom of Hawai‘i. He is of Filipino, Spanish, and Celtic ancestry, and Hawaiian by adoption. Pili’s father moved from the Philippines to the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu in the 1930s. He later settled in California, where he met Pili’s mother, who was originally from Massachusetts. Pili was born and raised in California and spends much of his time in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern Oregon.

Pili Moreno with rainbow over his shoulder
Aunty Bea and Pili playing ‘ukulele

Nā mele o ka ‘āina aloha: Aunty Bea and Pili

Pili is the hānai (adopted) son of Aunty Bea Perin, originally of Niumalu, Kaua‘i. Aunty Bea is the daughter of Makaleka Nakapuahi of Keaukaha, Hawai‘i Island, and Albert Christian of Waimea, Kaua‘i. She is related to the famous Hawaiian songwriters Helen Lindsey Parker and Alfred Alohikea, and is the niece of Aunty Emma Kāne, a prominent Kaua‘i Kahuna Lapa‘au (master healer) of the early twentieth century. From Aunty Bea, Pili has learned much about Aunty Emma’s work. Both of these kūpuna are a continuing source of inspiration and understanding for him. Aunty Emma gave him the name ‘Unihipiliowailelepualu, through Aunty Bea, as an inoa pō (name given in a dream).

While still in his teens, Pili became immersed in the quest to understand the nature of existence, and to discover the source of life, love, and awareness. This journey took him abroad for a year and a half of roaming in Europe and Asia, including the now-impractical overland route from Turkey to South Asia. While in Nepal, he heard about a residential yoga teacher training course soon to begin at Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, South India. He completed the course in 1971 under the guidance of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. His travels also took him to the Greek Islands, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, and to his spiritual home, Hawai‘i.

Aunty Māhealani Kuamo‘o-Henry with Pili

with Kumu ‘Elele O Nā Kūpuna
Aunty Māhealani Kuamo‘o-Henry

He has had the honor of brief but significant and aloha-filled studies with Loea Kumu Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett and Kumu ‘Elele O Nā Kūpuna Aunty Māhealani Kuamo‘o-Henry. Pili’s experiences with Aunty Māhealani were particularly inspiring. ‘Elele O Nā Kūpuna means “messenger of the ancestors”, and Aunty Māhealani graciously conveyed to Pili a powerful message from her ancestral spirit guides: that it is his responsibility to pioneer the reintroduction of The Path of Aloha, the ancient way of enlightenment that is Pili’s spiritual heritage, and that had been lost to the world for generations.

Pili at ‘Akaka Falls

In 1991 he began his studies with master hypnotherapy teachers Randal Churchill, Marleen Mulder, and the legendary Ormond McGill at Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, California. He found that hypnotherapy was a perfect match with his worldview and skills, and joined HTI as an instructor the following year. Since then, thousands of healing arts professionals from around the world have participated in Pili’s popular classes, which explore the connections between indigenous healing traditions and cutting-edge hypnotherapy. He is proud of his long association with HTI, which he feels is one of the world’s finest resources for healers of all kinds.

Pili is deeply devoted to the traditional music of Hawai‘i as guitarist, vocalist, composer, collector of songs, and lover of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (the Hawaiian language).

Studies with Dr. Serge Kahili King in the early 1990s deepened Pili’s experience of the inner journey, inspired him to look deeper into Hawaiian culture and traditions, and demonstrated how effectively multicultural perspectives on healing and cosmology can be communicated in the modern world.

Hula dancer petroglyph

Pili is a certified hypnotherapist (Hypnotherapy Training Institute, 1991, certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners), a certified yoga instructor (International Centre for Yoga Education and Research, India, 1971), and an ordained minister. He has worked as a graphic designer, book dealer, jewelry importer, and publishing software consultant.

Complementing his formal studies, contemplation, introspection, and meditation, is the knowledge and inspiration he has gained from the sadhus, mystics, visionaries, vagabonds, artists, activists, rikshaw drivers, rice farmers, rug merchants, and warm-hearted folk of all kinds whom he has had the good fortune to meet in various places around the world.

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