Traditional Health Practicies

Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders often seek the services of traditional healing practitioners (Palafox & Warren A., 1980). For Native Hawaiians, some of the commonly used traditional healing practices include

  • lomilomi (massage),
  • la’au lapa’au (herbal or plant based healing),
  • la’au Kahea (prayer) and
  • ho’oponopono (conflict resolution).

Practitioners will invoke some or all of these components in their practices. All traditional healing practices involve prayer, the acknowledgment that healing comes from a higher power or god, a willing patient and the attempt to bring the patient back into balance or harmony