Mailani Makaʻīnaʻi was born and raised in Kailua and Kahaluʻu. A graduate of Maryknoll Schools. She began learning lomilomi in her ohana since the age of 7. Her first lomilomi kumu outside of her ohana was Ronnie Dudoit of Molokai. Mailani attended Uncle Ronnie and Aunty Francineʻs teaching in 1996 and 1997. In 1999 she got to attend and study with Aunty Margaret Machadoʻs school of Lomilomi. In 1999 and 2001 she worked at the Lomilomi shop with Uncle Moe Keale and Kumu Kaʻuhane Lee. She got her massage therapy licensed in 2000. From 2001 to 2012, Mailani worked as a Lomilomi specialist in Waikikiʻs Hotels Spa industry. She opened her own brick and mortar shop in 2016. Mailani currently shares her passion of Hawaiian Healing and Hawaiian Culture with the Lomilomi Collective.
This is the same Mailani Makaʻīnaʻi, the mother, lover, musician, entrepreneur, composer, vocalist and multiple time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner.