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Hawaiian Medicines and Healing Ways

  • Ka La Kapu Polynesian Dance School 2500 San Mateo Place Northeast Albuquerque, NM, 87110 United States (map)

Like other Indigenous peoples, Hawaiians found many medicines among the plant and animal species they encountered in the Islands besides the plants they brought with them from the South Pacific.  In this class, Lehua Lopez will discuss la`au lapa`au--the kinds of medicines the ancient ones developed as well as the healing ways they created to alleviate suffering and heal illnesses.  She will also describe how ho`oponopono and lomilomi were used by her elders a century ago.  Ms. Lopez will also show samples of native medicinal plants still being used and will be selling a special booklet, “Native Plants of the Ka`u Dryland Forest,” produced by her nonprofit, Ho`omalu Ka`u, as a fundraiser.  This plant reference booklet includes 15 native species, each defined with the cultural and medicinal values favored by Hawaiians.  A refreshing (and very mild) Hawaiian mamaki iced tea will be served.



Contact Lehua Lopez, a native Hawaiian cultural anthropologist (born and raised in Hawai`i) at (505) 585-8473 or email for more information, to register for this class, and to reserve your purchase of “Native Plants of the Ka`u Dryland Forest” booklet for $10.