Kit Kanohoaloha Wynkoop
Kit guides people to experience for themselves a deep reconnection with Aloha through the practice of meditation then nurtures them to trust being fully lived by Aloha.
Kit is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, central teacher of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage. Kit is a recognized meditation instructor in Shambhala Buddhism and has been taught to teach shamatha vipashana (mindfulness awareness meditation) as taught directly by the historic Buddha to Dawa Sangpo, the King of the Tibetan city of Shambhala, 2,600 years ago.
Kit (Dutch, Scottish, Diné, Siksikáwa) was born in Los Angeles, California and in 1967, when he was 10, his parents moved the family to Oʻahu. They landed in Kailua on Omaʻo Street. Having no friends, he was quickly adopted by Native Hawaiian kupuna down the block whose adult children had moved away to the continent.
Over the course of several years, Tutu Kane and Tutu Lady taught Kit about Hawaiʻi, the Hawaiian culture and, most importantly, about Aloha.
Kit moved from Oʻahu to San Francisco when he was 25 and, there, gained valuable business knowledge and skills. While in the Bay Area, Kit immersed himself in many philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions on a path to find Truth.
Though he had always been labeled “Mr. Positive” while on the continent, he eventually found he had turned into “one of them;” a rarely-satisfied curmudgeon.
He returned home to Hawaiʻi in 2007 in hopes the kinder, gentler interactions would rub off on him yet he couldn’t shake his anger – at everything – nor the high blood pressure that came as a result.
Kit felt there had to be a better way to live.
Based on a wise teacher’s recommendation, he traveled back-and-forth to Northern Vermont for a year to learn a centuries-old Buddhist meditation technique; one that helps people live calm, centered, and focussed lives in the midst of this chaotic world as well as reconnect with and live from a place of compassion and kindness – in other words, Aloha.
It was so effective that he moved to Barnet, Vermont and remained for five years in the lay-monastic environment of Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center to learn how to teach others this very same technique – shamatha vipashana – and open an English-language Buddhist meditation center in Honolulu. While there, Kit noticed many uncanny similarities between the Tibetan Buddhist and ancient Hawaiian cultures.
Upon returning home to Hawaiʻi, Kit began finding corroborating evidence of these similarities within the words of Pilahi Paki, Nana Veary, Mornah Simeona, Pono Shim, Ramsay Taum, as well as ancient Hawaiian chants and other reliable Hawaiʻi cultural sources.
Equipped with all of his knowledge and experience, Kit now brings meditation as a path to connect with and live Aloha. Kit’s Hawaiian name was given to him by his first Kumu Hula, Patrick Makuakāne.
April 2013 – Today: Meditation Instructor – Shamatha Vipashana
August 1995 to Present: Hoʻoponopono Practitioner
June 1990 to Present: Awakening Your Light Body Instructor
May 1988 – February 2007: Meditation Instructor – Breath Awareness
March 2013 to Present: Shamatha Vipashana Practitioner & Instructor
Shambhala International, Karmê Chöling Meditation Retreat Center – Barnet, VT
September 2010: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Palouse Mindfulness – San Francisco, CA
August 1995: Hoʻoponopono
Ramsay Taum, The Foundation of “I,” Tad James, Max Freedom Long – Various Locations
June 1990: Awakening Your Light Body
Isabel Rosenthal – San Francisco, CA
February 1976: Breath Awareness Meditation
Sensei Mitsuo Aoki – University of Hawaiʻi
Please Help If You Can
Kit lives a very basic, lay-monastic life in the back of Mānoa Valley on the island of Oʻahu. Kit spends his time practicing, teaching groups & individuals, and offering free weekly online meditation sessions, talks, and discussions. He takes individual students who wish to deepen their meditation practice and have a guide to help with what arises out of it. He is also developing an online teach the meditation teachertraining for at-risk communities, caretakers, and social advocacy groups & organizations across Hawaiʻi Nei.
He does all of these things at no cost because he believes that’s how it should be.
Kit survives on Social Security and a small pension that together cover his rent, utilities, food, health insurance, bus pass, and phone service with very little left over.
If you believe in what Kit is doing for Hawaiʻi and the world, please consider making a donation so he can continue and perhaps expand his efforts.