Puke Hoʻohuli Manaʻo

Here are some of the books that have influenced my work as a Therapist

A Radical Awakening

Shefali Tsabary

A Way of Being

Carl Rogers

Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve

Stanley Rosenberg

After the Rain

John Jennings

All About Love

Bell Hooks

Aloha Betrayed

Noenoe Silva

Already Enough

Lisa Olivera


Atlas of the Heart

Brené Brown

Atomic Habits

James Clear

Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

Krista Tippett

Break the Cycle

Dr. Mariel Buqué

Braving the Wilderness

Brené Brown

Book | Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as As Am

Jenny Wang

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Emily Nagaoski

Clarity & Connection

Diego Perez

Come As You Are

Emily Nagoski

Conscious Capitalism

John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia

Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline

Lori L. Desautels

Dare to Lead

Brené Brown

Daring Greatly

Brené Brown

Decolonizing Therapy

Jennifer Mullan

Decolonizing Trauma Work

Renee Linklater, Lewis Mehl-Madrona


Mary Oliver

Diaries of Queen Liliʻuʻokalani

David W. Forbes

Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear, and Worry

Jennifer Shannon

Everything Ancient was once new

Emalani Case

Feminist Accountability

Ann Russo

From a Native Daughter

Haunani-Kay Trask

Good Inside

Becky Kennedy

Good Morning, I Love You

Shauna Shapiro

Getting Past Your Past

Francine Shapiro

Hawaiʻi’s Story by Hawaiʻiʻs Queen


Hawaiian Blood

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Heart Minded: How to Hold Yourself and Others in Love

Sarah Blondin

Heart Talk

Cleo Wade

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Dr Sue Johnson

Hoʻoulu Our Time of Becoming

Manulani Aluli Meyer

How to Not Always Be Working

Marlee Grace

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

Joanna Faber, Julie King

I Thought It Was Just Me

Brené Brown

I Want this to Work

Elizabeth Earnshaw


Yung Pueblo

Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson Mandela

Mindful of Race

Ruth King

The Mindful Brain

Daniel Siegel

My Grandmother’s Hands

Resmaa Menakem

Native Men Remade

Ty P. Kāwika Tengan

Nonviolent Communication

Marshall Rosenberg

No Bad Parts

Richard C. Schwartz

No-Drama Discipline

Tina Payne Bryson, Daniel J. Siegel


Malcolm Gladwell

Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach

Radical Compassion

Tara Brach

Remembering Our Intimacies

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Rising Strong

Brené Brown

Root & Ritual

Becca Piastrelli

Set Boundaries

Nedra Glover Tawwab

The Attachment Connection

Ruth Newton

The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Brain That Changes Itself

Norman Doidge

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Gary Chapman

The Healthy Ancestor

Juliet McMullin

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You

Elaine Aron PhD

The Myth of Normal 

Gabor Mate

The Pain We Carry

Natalie Y. Gutiérrez

The Past Before Us

Romila Thapar

The Politics of Trauma

Staci Haines

The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown

The Psychology of Money

Morgan Housel

The Science of Mindfulness

Ronald D. Siegel

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

John M. Gottman and Nan Silver

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell

The Whole-Brain Child

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Wild Edge of Sorry

 Francis Weller

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Bell Hooks

The Wisdom of Anxiety

Sheryl Paul

Toxic Positivity

Whitney Goodman, LMFT

Thinking Like an Island

Jennifer Chirico

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Connie Burk and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

Peter Levine

Ways of Knowing

John V. Pickstone

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Pema Chodron