Britt Yap is a motivational speaker, life and business coach, Reiki practitioner, master hypnotist and clinical hypnotherapist. She started her business Holomua Healing Arts in late 2013 after Reiki and hypnotherapy proved useful in helping her better deal with a chronic health condition. She felt her experience and newfound knowledge could help to improve the quality of life for others, so she traded in her 9-5 for a healing arts business. Her office is located in Kapolei, O‘ahu. However, Britt has clients from all over the world. In Hawaiian, Holomua means “to improve; to progress”—a perfect fit for what she does.
Previously she 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 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. In 2014, HPU named her the recipient of the Paul Loo Distinguished Alumni Award.
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. She also runs an annual writing contest at Maui Waena Intermediate School.