- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Island Heritage Publishing (October 1, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0896103307
- ISBN-13: 978-0896103306
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kahuna La'au Lapa'au: Hawaiian Herbal Medicine
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It has two sections. The first section is a story about the system of Hawaiian healing, from birth to death. It vividly describes kahuna healing with ho'oponopono (forgiveness), pule (prayer), pi kai (spiritual cleansing), la'au lapa'au (herbal remedies), lomilomi (massage), ha (breath) and many more traditional practices. The story is based on reliable sources including oral histories from 18th and 19th kahuna.
In the second section of the book is a wealth of primary materials. She has copies of the pages of a kahuna's medical book, oral histories, and reprints of historical texts.
As the editor of the Bishop Museum book on lomilomi massage, I relied on this book as an authentic resource that accurately portrays kahuna practice.
Anyone interested in alternative healing or Hawaiian culture should have this book!
She begins with the tale, derived from oral traditions, of how Hawaiian healing first came to be and then provides an expert journey through the topic. Here are some Table of Contents highlights...
The Beginnings of Medical Practices
The Kahuna [Expert/Wisewoman/Wiseman/Priest] Choice and Training
The Illnesses and Medicines of Women
The Herbal Medicines of Children
The Herbal Medicines of Hawaii Now
Throughout, she draws on all sorts of sources, including interviews, journals and notes, the records required of "native medical practitioners" per the Session Laws of 1868, newspaper articles, the oral tradition (songs, poetry, tales), and a wealth of primary source materials -- even observations recorded of the Islanders' health dating back to the arrival of Captain Cook!
The book features full-page, color illustrations of botanical plants.
Most interesting is the reproduction of a journal from the 1870's of an unnamed herbal healer which is reproduced in the original manuscript form with a side-by-side English translation.