Achieving Wellness Through Native Hawaiian Plants
To promote the health and wellness benefits of Native Hawaiian Plants, G70’s Wellness Committee and Nā Makamaka o Kou (NMOK) Cultural Committee teamed up to brew medicinal teas using common Native Hawaiian plants.
The strong relationship between Hawai‘i’s land and people is widely recognized. However, not many people understand just how much the people of Hawai‘i rely on the environment for overall health and wellness. To promote the health and wellness benefits of Native Hawaiian Plants, G70’s Wellness Committee and Nā Makamaka o Kou (NMOK) Cultural Committee teamed up to brew medicinal teas using common Native Hawaiian plants.
The month of April was one of celebration and merriment for the Native Hawaiian community as thousands flocked to Hilo on Hawai‘i Island for the Merrie Monarch Festival to celebrate the art of Hula, purchase Native Hawaiian crafts created by skilled practitioners, and to flaunt the latest Native Hawaiian fashion designs. At the same time, April also celebrated Native Hawaiian Plant Month. So, while the rest of Hawai‘i donned papale lauhala (Pandanus hats) in Hilo, G70’s Wellness Committee and NMOK celebrated our Native Hawaiian Plants and all they have to offer.
Together, the two committees decided to highlight Native Hawaiian plants that improved people’s health and wellness through medicinal properties. This included māmaki, ʻōlena, noni, and ʻuhaloa. Each week of April, the team at G70 created an infographic that explained and illustrated each plant’s characteristics, growing conditions, traditional and modern day uses and health benefits.
At the end of the month, G70’s Wellness Committee and NMOK collaborated to host a tea ceremony where staff members tasted and took home samples of the medicinal teas to treat any future ailments or try out new recipes. With the success of this year’s Native Hawaiian Plant month celebration, G70’s Wellness Committee and NMOK hope to engage in future collaborations that will raise awareness of the health and wellness benefits offered by Native Hawaiian practices and resources.
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