Hospital Hosts Native Hawaiian Medicine Seminar
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

North Hawai’i Community Hospital will host WESTERN LEGISLATIVE IMPACTS ON TRADITIONAL MEDICAL PRACTICE, a Native Hawaiian medicine seminar for health care providers and the general public, on Monday, August 28, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, in the Mauna Kea-Mauna Loa room at North Hawai’i Community Hospital.  This free seminar is open to health care providers and community members from throughout the island and will be presented by Helen Wong Smith.


“Hawai’i’s indigenous culture and ethnic diversity have contributed to unique laws that accommodate culturally-based medical practices.  The presentation will discuss the demands for laws which addressed cultural medical practices such as la’au lapa’au, and lomilomi, as well as federal recognition of our aboriginal medical traditions,” said Smith.


Helen Wong Smith is the executive director of the Kaua’i Historical Society.  Smith has degrees in Hawaiian studies and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Hawai’i.  She has served as archivist for Queen’s Medical Center and the Pacific Island Network of the National Park Service.


For more information, please contact North Hawai’i Community Hospital Native Hawaiian Health Program at 881-4432.