Western Legislative Impacts on Traditional Hawaiian Medical Practice

June 30, 2016    6:00 pm  Lihu’e Public Library Conference Room

Hawaiʻi’s indigenous culture has contributed to unique laws accommodating culturally based medical practices. Catastrophic medical events such as epidemics and the introduction of Western medicine required laws to regulate the recognition of traditional practitioners. The presentation discusses the demands for laws, which addressed cultural medical practices such as lāʻau lapaʻau, and lomilomi as well as federal recognition of our indigenous medical traditions.

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Helen Wong Smith discusses the history of efforts to recognize Hawaiian traditional medical practitioners throughout the five governments of Hawai’i.



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