These ailments ultimately contributed to the decline of the Native Hawaiian population and the inability to heal physical or mental conditions through native methods. For half a century, Native Hawaiians were prohibited from practicing physical and spiritual healing through lāʻau lapaʻau.In 1988, Congress adopted the Native Hawaiian Health Care Act, acknowledging lāʻau lapaʻau as traditional medicine.
Our Herbalist, David Leonard, LAc, is trained in Chinese herbs and Hawaiian plant medicine. He researches, lectures, and teaches on the cross-cultural use of herbs, environmental issues, traditional botanical collection practices, and practical approaches to healthcare. He offers classes and certifications in gathering wild plants for a wide range of benefits.A devoted ecologist and perpetual student of plant medicine, David has studied traditional practices with healers worldwide, including Hawaiian herbal medicines under Kahu Kawika Ka'alakea, Kaipo Kaneakua, and Na Kupuna' O Hawai'i since 1992.
David holds a master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has practical knowledge of more than 400 traditional Hawaiian, Chinese and Western plants. He is the author of "Medicine at Your Feet: Healing Plants of the Hawaiian Kingdom" and "Wild Wisdom: Listening to Heart of Nature."
Please check our calendar of events to schedule an herbalism consultation or attend an upcoming workshop.
PŌHALA ~ To Recover Consciousness/To awaken ~ Ancient Hawaiian and Mū Culture ~ Fern Medicine By Ke’oni Hanalei