The word Lā'au is defined as any type of plant growing from the earth; any tree, shrub or grass. Lā'au is also defined as any medicine that you take to prevent and to treat any physical ailments. With a healthy diet of foods from our land and seas it is no surprise that foreigners who arrived in Hawai'i were impressed with the healthy physique of our people. When our ancestors did suffer from different ailments, kahuna lā'au lapa'au or medicinal doctors would gather medicinal plants using the proper prayers and protocols to heal the patients.
August 30, 2019 at 8:48 AM HST - Updated August 30 at 8:48 AM