NACURH Winner
Month: December 2018

NACURH, INC.

Diversity Program of the Month
Lāʻau Lapaʻau Program

School: University of Hawai`i at Manoa Region: PACURH
Person in charge: Kau'i Martin Nominator: Taylor Widner

Target Population: 35 Time Needed to Organize: 2 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 10 Date(s) of Program: December 7th, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $30
On-Campus Population: 3,450 Chapter Size: 34

Origin of Program:

This program was held right before finals started, and sometimes when students over study, it can affect their immune system and students tend to get sick easier when they are stressed out. Kau'i was thinking of programs that are de-stressing programs but because she is on the Native Hawaiian RLP, she wanted tie that into her RLP. Due to it being flu season and just before finals season, it was a good idea to make a cold busting flu that way the residents could learn to make native hawaiian medicinal drinks as well as help them prepare for finals and keep them from getting sick.

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Please give a short description of the program:

At the program, Kau'i had a grad student from Native Hawaiian Services come and talk to the residents about Lāʻau Lapaʻau, which is traditional Hawaiian medicine. Residents were able to learn about what lāʻau lapaʻau and how it came to Hawaiʻi. She shared a moʻolelo, Native Hawaiian Legend, about how Hawaiians began to use plants, fruits, roots and other things and turn them into medicinal products. Next the presenter shared about how to prepare for making the medicine, she shared about how prayer is very important when making medicine as well as the attitude that you have when making the medicine. This is because the energy that you are putting into the medicine when you are making, will affect the person that the medicine will be given to. Next the presenter shared about some different plants that can be used and what their benefits are. The presenter shared a cold/flu busting recipe, which we were going to make. After blending together garlic, ginger, lemons, tumeric and water, they were strained and added together. Then we added apple cider vinegar to the cold busting juice. The residents were able to taste each of the ingredients individually and then all together with the apple cider vinegar. Residents were able to take home a jar of the cold/flu busting remedy that they were able to make.

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Goals of the program:

The goal of the program was to share more about the Hawaiian culture, and get residents to be involved in the culture of the place that they are currently living in. As well as have residents learn how to take care of themselves without having to buy medicine and using items that can be found in their pantry and easily found at the super markets. Another goal of the program was to have native Hawaiian residents connect with other native Hawaiians students and be able to build their presence here at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well as in student housing.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

One of the most lasting effects that the residents were able to take home, is how to make the cold/flu busting juice. They were able to learn about some of the skills to make lāʻau lapaʻau and what it takes. Residents were able to learn about 5 different plants and what their benefits are and how they can use them in their daily life. By making the cold/flu busting juice, they are able to make the juice on their own and be able to share it with their friends and make it when they begin to feel sick or need a pick me up remedy.

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Short evaluation of the program:

The program was really well executed, the RA was able to bring outside sources into the program and be able to have people who know what they are talking about and teach the residents about the topic of lāʻau lapaʻau. The outside resource that was used was the Native Hawaiian Student Services, which is an office here on campus. It was good that they used a campus resource because now residents are aware of the resource and know where they are located. I think that it could have used better advertisement but other than that it was done pretty well.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could be a little difficult to apply at other campuses because it was a Native Hawaiian way of medicine but an idea for other campuses could be that they could have their Health Services or Health Promotion offices come in and talk about ways to stay healthy, not getting sick and how to stop spreading germs and have residents learn skills in that aspect. In places that may have a background with non-westernized medicine, they could have a speaker come in and talk about their way of medicine and how they can apply it to their residents daily routines.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-01-09 05:14:04

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