Hawaiian Edible and Medicinal Plants Course

Join us in fall for a 6 week, in-person series of plant discovery & medicine making with David Bruce Leonard, L.Ac, Author and Hawaiian Medicinal Plant Practitioner. This course is for those who want to take a deep dive into plant preparations, enhance your connection to Maui’s wildlife, plant identification and harvesting walks, create community, have fun, and much more!

Each Sunday participants will join David at our Kihei office for a lecture style introduction to multiple plants for the week, including their scientific and common names, origins, properties, and uses. Followed by a harvesting walk at other locations on island where participants will get the chance to actively identify and interact with the plants of the week in natural settings.

By the end of this course we aim to:

Learn at least 20 Hawaiian Edible and Medicinal Plants
Understand Basic Ecology of the Hawaiian Islands
Learn traditional gathering practices and protocols
Learn Basic Botany and Plant Identification
Learn the Importance of Native Plants and their Ecosystem
Learn Hawaiian Herbal Preparations
Connect to Community and get out in Nature

The course will include a bonus Medicine at Your Feet Workbook and appearances from guest Hawaiian Cultural Experts.

David Bruce Leonard, MS, L.Ac has studied traditional medicines with healers in Asia, North and South America, and Hawai’i. With a Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine, he has a working knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese, and Western plants. A deep ecologist and Hawaiian plant specialist, he has been a student of Hawaiian medicine under Kahu Kawika Ka’alakea, Kaipo Kaneakua and Na Kupuna ‘O Hawai’i since 1992. Author of “Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom” and “Wild Wisdom: Listening to Heart of Nature”, David is an expert on the medicinal plants of the tropics. He studies, lectures and teaches on cross-cultural uses of plant medicines, environmental concerns, traditional plant gathering practices, and pragmatic approaches to health care. He is known for his offbeat sense of humor and is often seen in Hawaiian rainforests wearing his favorite trash bag as a raincoat.

This workshop will take place outdoors at Mindful Living Group and other local farms in Maui. Please be prepared for a temperature check. If you are not feeling well, we ask for the safety of all participants to refrain from joining this group activity.


Sep 11, 2022


9:00 am - 3:00 pm



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Kihei Park Plaza


Kihei Park Plaza
Mindful Living Group, 1300 N. Holopono St., Kihei, HI 96753
David Bruce Leonard


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