CSPH 5341: Overview of Indigenous Hawaiian Healing

Course is only available as part of the Center’s Study Abroad Program in Hawaii. Course will not be available for 2024.

Graduate Students, Undergraduate students with junior status or above, or instructor consent.
A panoramic vista of Kalalau Vall in Hawaii

Course Description

This course is taught over a three-day period on the Big Island of Hawaii. The course includes didactic and experiential learning.

This course focuses on an introduction to traditional Hawaiian healing including ho‘olomilomi (massage), la‘au lapa‘au (herbal medicine) and ho‘opoonopono (conflict resolution). Cultural traditions such as oral history and the hula are examined in the context of their contribution to overall wellbeing and sustainability. Hawaiian cultural values are compared and contrasted with western values. Students will have the opportunity to meet with Hawaiian healers, visit culturally relevant sites and reflect on ways that indigenous and conventional practices contribute to health, healing and wellbeing.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Course Format
In person
Semester Course Offered:
  • Fall

CSPH 5341 Course Flyer (PDF)