On July 29, 2015 the community gathered at Papahana Kuaola in Waipao for Mauli Ola Wednesdays, a monthly gathering discussion Hawaiian Healing and Wellness topics. The ʻIke Hawaiʻi guest speaker was Kupuna Kaipo Kaneakua, a renowned and respected kumu lāʻau lapaʻau and lomi lomi.
Kupuna Kaipo shared his stories and experiences with the 45 kānakas in attendance. His humor and experience was evident in the way he talked about the importance of our own personal connection with the plants. The need for us to stop looking and admiring the plants from a distance, but actually feeling, touch and using the plants. Through the use and our own personal research will gain a better understanding and belief in the traditional Hawaiian herbal medicine. Without the use and research we will not develop the belief and faith in the plants which is vital in helping someone through the healing process. Kupuna Kaipo also shared the importance of the puʻuwai (heart), the importance of having the heart to do the work, having the heart to fulfill your passion and work. Without the heart, the work is worthless.
The evening was capped off with a large circle lomi where everyone got to enjoy a quick rejuvenating kuikui, pahupahu, okioki, kikokiko and kahi.
A great evening indeed! Ola ka lāʻau lapaʻau