Ho’oilina Pono A’e: Integrating Native Hawaiian Healing Practices into Primary Care


Indigenous healing practices have seen a resurgence among kānaka ‘ōiwi (native Hawaiian people) and have been recently integrated into health centers in Hawai’i. However, no studies to date have examined the impact of native healers at these centers. The purpose of this workshop is to examine the added value of integrating native healing practices within primary care. This study design is based on semi-structured interviews with the patients (n=10), providers and staff (n=9) and community members (n=10). Results and implications for primary care and its potential role in decolonizing health care practices for kānaka ‘ōiwi will be discussed.