Lectures This Week to Focus on Hawaiian Wellness

January 23, 2013, 9:46 AM HST (Updated January 23, 2013, 9:47 AM)

“Talk story” lectures on three aspects of native Hawaiian health and wellness will be held Thursday in Hilo and Friday in Kona.

Thursday’s Eia Hawaii presentation is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Campus Center Room 301 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Organizers said the lecture will be presented in the Hawaiian language “as a challenge and treat” for Hawaiian language students and native speakers.

Friday’s Puana Ka `Ike lecture will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Suite 140 of the Keauhou Shopping Center. This presentation will be in both Hawaiian and English.

The presentations will focus on:

  • Ho`oponopono, which means to make right or correct, a style of healing both physically and spiritually
  • La`au lapa`au, which involves the use of plants to make medicine to heal both external and internal illnesses
  • The use of kalo or taro, and the terms used for tools to prepare the important staple in the Hawaiian diet and varieties of taro from various points of origin

For information on the lectures contact Joy Cunefare at 800-842-4682, ext. 25340, or email

For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit or

The lectures are sponsored by the Keauhou-Kahalu‘u Education Group, Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Kïpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and the Keauhou Shopping Center.



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