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Holomua Healing Arts, LLC was started by Brittany Yap in 2013 after Reiki and hypnotherapy proved useful in helping her better deal with a chronic health condition. She felt her experience and newfound knowledge in alternative healing could help to improve the quality of life for others, so she traded in her 9-5 for a healing arts business.

Britt is a motivational speaker, certified life and business coach, Usui Reiki Master Teacher, and clinical hypnotherapist. She became the first person in Hawai’i and one of the first people in San Francisco to become a Certified Medical Reiki Master under Reiki Master Raven Keyes. This training opens doors for Yap to do Reiki treatments in hospitals and operating rooms at the patient’s request. Britt is also an award-winning journalist and Amazon best-selling author. In March 2017, she moved to Northern California and opened up an office in Alameda. Previously, she had an office in Kapolei, O‘ahu. Britt continues to serve Reiki and coaching clients from all over the world by phone and Zoom. In Hawaiian, Holomua means “to improve; to progress” – a perfect fit as her main goal is to help clients improve and progress in their daily lives.


Britt was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 20 and has lived with chronic pain and anemia for a decade. In 2012, her health snowballed and a massive flare up in her colon ensued. For months she tried all types of Western medicine, but nothing worked. At her lowest point, she went to the ER twice in two days. Doctors hospitalized her for a week, ran tests, and concluded that they needed to remove her entire colon. 

Britt didn’t like that idea and spent the next 48 hours “getting her head right” (as she called it). She said emotional stress and anxiety had manifested into physical form, leaving her body in so much pain she couldn’t bare it. Doctors checked on her several days later and saw enough improvement so they sent her home to recover. 

Britt discovered hypnotherapy soon after and used Reiki to get better. Today, she still has her colon, and wholeheartedly believes in the power of Reiki and hypnotherapy. She believes in it so much that she changed her career.

In February 2016 she co-authored the book Shift On where she shares intimate details and the struggles she faced during this time. Read more about her “shift” and be inspired by many other inspirational stories by purchasing your autographed copy HERE today.

Britt is a certified life coach by the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. She is also a certified Reiki II practitioner under Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Spiritual Psychic Medium Yoshie Miakoda Chihara. Britt studied hypnotherapy in Northern California under Randall Churchill–the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners’ (ACHE) former president and foremost expert on regression, Gestalt therapy, advanced ideomotor methods and Hypnotic Dreamwork™. Churchill has been a pioneering leader in the hypnotherapy field for more than 40 years and is the founder of the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, which became one of the first licensed hypnotherapy schools in 1978. 

She is an ordained minister in the State of Hawai‘i. Britt also holds a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University.


Previously, Britt was a writer/editor for Santa Clara University’s Office of Marketing and Communications, a communications specialist for two state legislators, and the publisher and editor of Uproar, a local mixed martial arts quarterly magazine she co-founded in 2008. She was the assistant director of University Relations and an adjunct journalism instructor at Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU). Britt also holds a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Communication from HPU. In 2014, the University named her the recipient of the Paul Loo Distinguished Alumni Award.

With more than a decade of experience in communications, her writing has been seen in the Washington Post, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post,, The Maui News, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Edible Hawaiian Islands, Mana Magazine and UPROAR Magazine. In 2013, her articles on GMOs in Mana Magazine landed her a first place Pa‘i award for editorial series and a finalist SPJ award for public service reporting. She is currently the outreach committee chairperson for ‘Ahahui Haku Mo‘olelo–the first-ever Hawaiian Journalists Association.

Britt is a strong supporter of education and perpetuating the Native Hawaiian culture. In 2013, she started the first-ever Native Hawaiian scholarship fund at HPU. That same year, she started the first-ever annual writing contest at Maui Waena Intermediate School. During that time, she was also the president of the Femfessionals Honolulu & Maui chapters, hosting more than 30 women’s networking events and an annual retreat over a two year period. She is currently a doTerra wellness advocate. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, writing, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, skeet shooting, and spending time with family and friends.

Yet, even with all of these accomplishments under her belt, she believes, as Molly Marti once said, “Your value lies not in status or title, but in the roots of your character and depth of your compassion.”


Your Power is in Your Thoughts