Must We Wait in Despair: 1867 Report of The 'Ahahui La'au Lapa'au of Wailuku, Maui on Native American Health ~Hawaii kahuna Native Hawaiian


Title: Must We Wait in Despair: The 1867 Report of The 'Ahahui La'au Lapa'au of Wailuku, Maui on Native American Health.

Author: Translated and Edited with an Introduction by Malcolm Naea Chun

Description: Signed by Malcolm Naea Chun on title page. Softcover. Light wear. Some rust spots from paper clips in top margin of the first five pages of the Introduction, else clean and unmarked. Glossaries, References, Index. xlii, 318 pages.

Must We Wait in Despair is the response by Native Hawaiians to the suffering and death of the Hawaiian population in the 1860s. With little confidence in public health, they openly questioned what could be done to save themselves. Many of them were trained professionals and met to do something about this tragic situation. They founded the 'Ahahui La'au Lapa'au of Wailuku, Maui and met to openly discuss what they could do, in light of the inability of Board of Health, to stem the tide of foreign diseases and death.

The 'Ahahui La'au Lapa'au interviewed kahuna, traditional healing practitioners, living on the island of Maui, so they could demonstrate the authenticity, safety, and professionalism of traditional medicines as a means of saving their own people. Their work heralded the passage of the first laws to license kahuna, in the Kingdom of Hawai'i. It is a living legacy of traditional Hawaiian wisdom, skills and culture as recorded by the people themselves, in their own language.

Must We Wait in Despair provides a vital link in the study of traditional Hawaiian medicine and healing practices.

Binding: Soft cover
Condition: Very Good

Publisher: First People's Productions
Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Year: 1994

Keywords: Hawaii, Maui, kahuna, traditional medicine, 1860s, La'au lapa'au, Native Hawaiians,

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